Up until now, you’ve run your small business on your own. As time has gone on and you’ve seen your success—and workload—increase, you’ve reached a tipping point and realize it no longer makes sense to do everything yourself. Congratulations on reaching this milestone! That, in itself, is a big deal. But before you take the leap and bring someone on board to be employee #1, you need to prepare. There is a lot to think about when adding an employee to your business model.
Take these 7 steps before you hire your first employee.
Do you need to have an employee handbook for your small business?
That might be the wrong question.
While there are compelling business and legal reasons to have one, the focus on “do I gotta?” hides the real opportunity in creating an employee handbook—the opportunity to create a shared vision of what makes your company unique and wonderful.
As a small business owner, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the many demands on your time and attention. One area where it often makes sense to get help is with handling the intricacies of human resources. As soon as your business expands beyond a single owner-operator model, the workload—and the stakes—increase exponentially.