Step Three: Attracting and Finding Talent
As a small business, you have one major thing against you in our current job market – you probably cannot offer the incentive and the benefits that large companies can. But you also have benefits that large companies don’t have, and it is up to you to identify those and to use them in your favor. There are plenty of perks and benefits that you can offer as a small business that will appeal to candidates, you can read about them more in a previous resource that we created, titled “12 Perks and Benefits that You Can Offer Employees that won’t Break the Bank“. Identify which options you can offer and have them ready before you hire.
Hiring *cue haunted and mysterious music*. Where do you start, how do you know they are the one? There are plenty of resources that will help you find those that are qualified and interested in working for you – job boards, connections, etc. The biggest thing you need to constantly remind yourself is that you cannot just hire someone because you need help. You need to be diligent about acquiring an employee that has both the competency AND the culture that fits that of your business. It is okay to be cautious and to ask questions. You may not necessarily know that they are the right one, but you should do your due diligence to make sure they are worth the investment.
Step Four: State Requirements
Every state has different guidelines for new hire reporting, tax deductions, tax filings for employee taxes, benefit requirements, leave requirements and more that you need to become familiar with prior to hiring your first employee. This can and will be a lot of information, most small businesses find it the most beneficial to utilize an HR consultant for the compliance towards these requirements. Gró is well educated in these requirements and here to help!
Step Five: Space and Equipment
The final step that needs to be completed prior to the employees first day is the setting up of their space, their needed equipment (computer, desk, chair, etc), their IT needs (email, phone extension), any office supplies they will need, as well as their needed documents to fill out on their first onboarding day (I-9, tax documents, etc). Being prepared for your new employee sets a great first impression, creates less stress for everyone, as well as sets everyone up for success!
You can do this! Hiring your first employee shows success on behalf of your business, and if done correctly, will help push your company into further success.