5 Tips For Hiring Your First Employee

At some point you will need help with your startup. And it’s not a small thing for your business: On one hand, you will have to judge someone’s job performance, and on the other hand, you will be judged as a boss. And on the top, someone’s income will depend on you.

That’s not easy. But think about the positive side: if you need help, it means that your businees is growing.

Here are some tips:

  1. Grow up with your business. First of all, you have to understand what kind, or what level, of help you need, and the changes you must make.
  2. Expand cautiously. Make sure your company is ready for the newcomer, financially. If you need a time frame, it’s better not to hire anyone during the first year. Even if your sales are good, wait until you feel the sales and downturns cycle.
  3. Hire attitude, not skills. Rerember that you will work with this person back-to-back in the most stressful situations, so it’s important that he or she is smart and open-minded. Usually skills and training come easily to this kind of person, especially in small companies with a lot of different tasks.
  4. Plan for fair-market pay. Business owners and employees usually have different motivations. This is why you should not expect the new employee to work as hard as you do, and to be satisfied with the payoff.
  5. Test the waters. Before hiring someone full-time, see if they are right for the position, and if you two can work together. There are several trial options. Get an intern from a college, and if you’re satisfed, hire them full-time after the graduation. Hire an independent contractor to work on a project or 2-4 days a week. Hire a part-time employee. Or, finally, hire someone full-time, but start with a probation period.

Just remember that sometimes is doesn’t work out the first time, it’s not easy to find the right person. So if you were lucky, it’s great; if you’re not, be happy to get the experience, and try again.

Read full article on Microsoft Business

By Joanna L. Krotz

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