When you run your own small business, you usually start out independently – just you and your idea. You’ll put the initial work in and may be able to get something off the ground without the help of anyone else. But when it comes down to it, you can’t run an entire business single-handedly – not if you desire and anticipate success anyway. One person can only do so much and you’ll need to bring other people in for a variety of reasons. Firstly, you’ll require skill sets that you may not have. Secondly, you’ll need staff members to take care of routine tasks. This will free up your time and allow you to focus on more progressive areas of your company’s progression. So, what are your options when it comes to staffing? Here are a few areas to consider.
Full and Part-Time Employees
The most common path that business owners tend to go down is hiring full or part-time employees. This process involves taking people on, usually to work in-house, and providing them with contracts that guarantee they will work for you for a set number of hours and you will provide them with work for those set hours. This is a big responsibility. You need to meet their needs, ensure they are happy in the workplace and ensure they have a safe working space and a safe role to work within. Generally speaking, when you take on staff, you’ll also need to develop a HR department to ensure things are running smoothly for them and they aren’t experiencing problems or difficulties. The main benefit of full or part time staff is that they are relatively permanent and can fully dedicate themselves to your business and its progression within their working hours.
A second option you have is outsourcing work. This is best for one-off or short term projects, where you need a professional, but won’t be able to provide them with ongoing work. These individuals will generally provide a service for a set rate and you’ll agree to have their services for a set period of time. You can outsource a whole host of areas of work – from outsourcing reception work so you have someone to take your calls to outsourcing web design, product photography, and more!
A third option is contractors. Contractors can work for you on a short term or ongoing contract, but don’t have the benefits that you provide employees with. This can provide you with a more flexible workforce.
These are just a few options, but these types of staffing should meet any of your needs as a small business owner! You will need to take on help at some point or another, so it’s a good idea to look at your needs and preferences and determine which option ticks as many of your boxes as possible!