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Hi there! I'm Molly: small town enthusiast, digital marketer, and mom of 4, passionate about helping local, small businesses thrive. Stick around to learn how YOU can flourish while living and doing business in a small town.

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I need help in my business: options for hiring your next team member

How do you know when it’s time to hire on help at your business?

For some industries, extra hands are needed right away, like if you’re a building contractor, a restaurant, or a boutique. You need more people to cover your hours of operation and provide optimal customer service. So in these industries, you build your team from the get-go.

But in other industries, growth happens slower. If you’re a solopreneur or freelancer, you may take months or even years to get to a point of needing to hire help. In this business model, it’s also hard to know who and how to hire, and if you have enough work to keep someone busy part-time.

So today, we discuss a few options for bringing someone onboard your team if you’re looking to grow.

How to bring someone into your small-business team

  1. Intern: In this model, you bring in a student from high school or college who is looking to gain experience in a career field. This person can be paid or unpaid, and you can determine which tasks the intern is responsible for, from simple to advanced.
  2. Virtual Assistant: A VA is a remote worker who specializes in helping businesses in a variety of administrative roles. He/she can help with creating digital files, organizing calendars, or managing systems and processes within your business. This person operates as an independent contractor separate from your business.
  3. Specialized Independent Contractor: Truthfully, I had to look this up to see how it differed from a VA. In short, an independent contractor is paid to achieve a result, not for hours worked. Many times these independent contractors are specialized and fulfill a specific niche your business needs to fill: marketing, accounting, bookkeeping, etc.
  4. Part-time/Full-time Payroll Employee: If you need someone in-house to assist you for a particular number of hours in a week, then it’s time to establish a payroll. Depending on the hours needed, you can bring someone in part-time (less than 40 hours/week) or full-time. When considering payroll employees, you can establish hourly rates or salary and a benefits package.

Which of these do I use within my own small business and how did I know when it was time to bring someone on board? Listen to this week’s episode of the Small-Minded Podcast for more! Tune in with the player above or on iTunes or Spotify.

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Hi there! I'm Molly: small town enthusiast, digital marketer, and mom of 4, passionate about helping local, small businesses thrive. Stick around to learn how YOU can flourish while living and doing business in a small town.

molly knuth

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