Creating A Positive Business Culture

Before You Take On Any Employees, Use These Tips

by Beatrice Lambert

When you realize that your home business is getting too many clients or customers to handle alone, you may make the decision to bring on employees. This can be daunting, as you might be unsure that the business will function the same way if you hire people you don't know very well. Using these tips before you take on workers for your business can ensure that you and your clients or customers remain satisfied.

Decide What Kind of Worker You Need

You may immediately set out to hire people to perform certain tasks for you. These independent contractors do specialized work, and because you don't have to pay for their healthcare or social security costs, they can be a simple solution for the help you need. However, as you grow, you may realize that you need people on a regular basis throughout the day to perform a variety of different duties. These kinds of workers would likely be official employees.

Knowing which workers you need and intend to use will have tax implications and may affect how you price your products and make other money-related decisions. Talking with an accountant and a pay consultant can give you insight necessary to make a choice between contractors and employees.

Create a Pay Structure

One of the most confusing things about hiring employees or independent contractors is determining how much you will pay them. You want to be sure to offer wages similar to what other companies of your type offer, but you don't want to cut too deeply into profits. To make sure that salaries are both appropriate for workers and affordable for you, you may want to consult salary or pay consultants. These professionals can analyze your company's cashflow to determine what is best for wages. This is especially important if you want to one day provide raises and other financial incentives to those who work for you.

Make a Policy Manual

Everyone working for you, no matter what type of worker they are, needs to know what you expect from them. They are also likely to have the same questions about vacation time, sick days and what causes termination. Rather than explaining those things to each person you hire, before you hire anyone to take the time to work your way through a comprehensive manual that you can then hand out to each person once you've brought them on.

These are but a few things to be done before you start working with others in your business. Speaking to a variety of professionals along the way will ensure that your relationship with your workers is a good one and your company can keep growing successfully.