THE NEXT STEP // Things to remember when hiring your first Employee/Contractor.

Exciting! Your business is at that point where you need another person to help you out. Streamlining your business may be top of your list if you’re a busy mum, so pay attention to these sneaky tips when hiring your first contractor.

  • Always recruit to company fit, even if it’s the 15 year old boy who delivers your flyers. When your team understand your ethos, a more powerful sense of intent goes in to your product. Don’t ever settle for less if you want your company to be great one.
  • Try not to blow the budget. For anyone that hasn’t heard of Student Job Search, please look it up now. It is free to list for whatever you like, and students are screened before being given the ‘ok’ to apply, which eliminates the ‘dead wood’ unlike Seek, who have just submitted a template cover letter (eye roll). Also, don’t underestimate the power of a decent Facebook Share. If the ad is eye-catching and exciting, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Not to mention the handy access to a quick profile check, to make sure they are legit.
  • Have contracts in place. This not only protects you and your business, but lays out legally what ‘has been said.’ This will encourage formality and piece of mind, as well as a document to refer to for your contractor.
  • Set KPIS and a Job Descriptions so you’re all on the same page. Don’t ask, don’t get. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) will help you keep on track with your budget, and assess whether someone is nailing it or not. Bonuses and incentives can be added when they exceed these, or achieve goals set out at the same time as the KPIs. When a businesses is doing well, everyone should be able to benefit. Take your best team members with you on the journey.
  • Create an on-boarding timeline to stay on track with your recruitment process. Not only is this super inspiring, but it also helps you forecast your budget, and plan financially for the future. Building enough revenue to bring another person on board is a pretty lush feeling, and the idea of these team members make great goals to refer back to.
  • Always refer back to employment guidelines. Make sure your dealings with people are to the book. So often people are caught out because they haven’t read the rules. All of this is accessible via www.employment.govt.nz  . To hire someone as an employer, and have an employee on a salary, you must first register as an employer. Hiring a contractor is less of a commitment, but be aware that it can be less of a commitment for BOTH parties. You can read more about the benefits of each here: www.business.govt.nz/news/hiring-contractors-vs-employees/
  • Be prepared for your team members to leave. Sadly, this happens, and there’s not much you can do. You can most definitely however, have a plan. Make sure you have protocols in place, and clear delegation of tasks made aware to all members of your team. As the business owner you have all the responsibility, so it’s paramount that you are prepared to get stuck in again should things not go the way you planned.
  • Be a coach, not a manager. Those you coach, build up and help on the way, will not only be loyal, and the most competent, but feel good in knowing that if they do leave your enterprise, you played a part in their journey.

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