Hiring and Managing Your First Small Business Employees

Hiring and Managing Your First Small Business Employees

Once you have your small business up and running with steady calls its time to think about hiring more employees.

Hiring isn’t as simple as you might hope but following a few good practices you should be able to put together a hard working crew of employees.

Questioning candidates

When you question potential workers you ought to attempt to discover their character as reasonably can be expected.

You need to contract dedicated, constructive individuals who have a will to act as a part of a group. Check their references too.

Your need for help

You will know when you need help the day you admit it to yourself.  You will get to a point where you can no longer grow without it.

Get busy enough and things fall behind which will work against you.  If you are too busy to advertise your business people will stop calling.  You don’t want to get into that up and down income cycle.

Hiring help will allow you the time to do your books, advertise, do estimates and keep the funnel full of prospects and scheduled jobs.

Once you have some assistance will you genuinely have the capacity to remained back and concentrate on stretching your painting business and adjusting the frameworks inside it.

Having a little group of workers will help you to complete difficult tasks much quicker than you would have the capacity to alone. This can prompt fulfilled clients who don’t need to have their lives hindered for an expanded time of time.

While it may take just of you weeks to complete a huge painting job, a group of employees could have it done in a couple of days.

Don’t give up control

Hiring employees doesn’t give you time to relax off your business though.  No one is as vested in your business as you are and if you slack off – so will they.

Make sure you show up at job sites and inspect their work. Speak with the homeowners so they know you are keeping a tight rein on your workers.

As your business creates you can gradually begin to delegate extra parts to your staff. The main thing that you will need to surrender is the genuine painting work.

In the long run you will likewise have the capacity to hand over other imperative occupations, for example, hiring employees and dealing with the work load and scheduling. Having a great foreman is well worth the additional salary.

Don’t hand over to much control to anybody until you believe them and have frameworks set up to screen their advancement.

Who to hire

Consider individuals that you already know and trust inside your more extensive informal community.

Trade schools programs are a great place for recruiting workers looking to earn a living as a paint contractor.

Other places to check are the employment and welfare offices.  Who is there today actively looking for work?

You don’t need to worry about hiring someone with any experience.  Willingness to learn and a good work ethic lends itself to a good trainer.

Arranging staff requirements

By hiring people you will be able to attend to the advertising needs of your business.  This way you ca avoid the swing in seasons for painting work.

It may come to pass that you have to lay off a few workers in the slower seasons but when you are busy, try and schedule work into the colder months.

Employees or contractors

When you first hire a new employee you can pay them as a general labourer.  As they become more experienced and faster you want to pay them more so you can keep them from looking for other jobs.

Good small business employees are worth a good salary.

One way to get better workers is to pay higher than your competition.  This would make you a more desirable employer and you can be a little more picky on your choices.

Try them on a trial basis.  If they don’t work out after the probationary period you can hire more.

Be sure to include incentives and rewards for good work.

Treat your team right

As mentioned above, pay them to keep them. Treat them well and reward good work. Don’t treat everyone the same. If your best worker and worst worker are getting paid the same. The good worker will either leave or stop being so good.

Workers should be able to openly address their manager but also feel like they can talk directly to you too if needed.

If you get a reputation for being awful to work for, you will find it difficult to find good employees.

Pay them well

Already suggested to pay slightly more to get your pick of good small business employees.  Also have monthly, quarterly, and annual performance reviews.  Pay attention to the good work your employees are giving you and award them accordingly.

Having different positions in your company for people to strive for is also incentive for your employees to earn money for your company.

About author

An Australian guest blogger and writer, Emma writes on her own small business blog, as well as guest posts for many other brands and mastheads. Emma lives in Melbourne with her two cats, where she frequents live theatre and wine bars.