3 Key Questions to Ask Before Hiring for Your Startup

One of the hardest but most exciting things about being a young entrepreneur, first-time business owner, or even a startup manager is the hiring process. But there are a few things you have to think about before green-lighting a new startup employee, especially in the earliest stages of starting up.

Contractors Must Really Be Independent

How many of us have “hired” independent contractors over the years, a bit worried over the gray area between employee and contractor as defined by the IRS? I’ve experienced the results of a wrong decision, and the IRS and state agencies are not forgiving in their pursuit of penalties, interest, and (most damaging) assessing a company with both employer and employee taxes when reclassifying the person as an employee.

How to Write Your First Help Wanted Ad

When you’re looking to hire new employees, you want to write ads for the open positions that will draw great candidates to your business. You want candidates who are both strong and fitting for what you’re looking for. An effective help wanted ad will help you successfully achieve these goals.

How Employee Leasing Works

When you started up your business, it was probably not because you love running your own human resource department and wanted to deal with hiring and payroll issues. These days, many small companies are using leasing firms to handle many of their staffing issues.

What is the Cost of Employee Turnover?

Employee turnover is more costly than you think. Every businessman knows at some level that it’s easier for them if they can manage to keep their current employees than to need to find replacements. However, the cost of staff turnover is surprisingly high, and many small business owners don’t fully realize just how expensive it is to replace an employee.

Elements of Effective Performance Reviews

Performance reviews should be an opportunity for both you and your employees to improve. You should get a measurable description of employee performance, and employees should get a clearer vision of your expectations. It’s a problem solving process, not a fault finding expedition.

Writing an Effective Job Description

Where do you begin when you want to write an effective job description—how do you even start? By following an orderly approach, you’ll be able to create descriptions even the first time. Then you’ll be able to use them to benefit your company, both in hiring and in evaluating existing positions.

Employee Orientation and Training for Small Businesses

Your business is only as good as the people you have in it. Successfully integrating new employees into the business will keep things going smoothly. Employee orientation and training programs are essential to maintaining your business’s mission and customer-oriented focus.

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Independent Contractors

You are looking for the best employees you can possibly find. For some business owners, using independent contractors is the best option. This guide will help you distinguish between contractors and employees, and break down the pros and cons of independent contractors.

Becoming an Employer

Hiring your first employee is a big step for your business. It also means you have to deal with a lot of complicated regulatory requirements! This checklist of 10 items to do after becoming an employer comes from the Small Business Administration, and will help you keep your focus on your customers.

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