Your first employee

Your coaches have some hiring tips for you. Then click on each point to learn more.


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If you have a one-person business, hiring your first employee is a big step. But if you’re unable to run every aspect of your business on your own, it may be time to hire help. Image Description
Hiring an employee can be a major expense and responsibility, but it can free your time to focus on the most critical parts of your business. Click on each point to learn more. Image Description

Key Points

Fill a gap

Consider hiring someone who can add a skill you don’t have or who can allow you to concentrate on what you do best. The money you spend on salary should be less than the additional income you can make by adding to your team. For example, perhaps you love sales and marketing but tend to let paperwork pile up. Hire someone who can handle the paperwork, so you’re free to sell even more.

Hire knowledge and experience

In a small business, it’s important to hire people you enjoy working with, but make sure they have the education, skills, experience, and natural talent to do the job.

Consider part-time specialists

As an alternative to employing one full-time worker to handle multiple tasks, consider hiring a few part-time specialists in bookkeeping, administration, or communications. By doing so, you can benefit from individuals who specialize in a particular skill. You also can pay an hourly rate and avoid expenses such as health insurance and vacation compensation.

Follow the law

After selecting a candidate, be sure to follow the laws governing U.S. workers. The employee must fill out Form W-4, which determines federal income tax withholding, and Form I-9, which certifies that the person is eligible to work in this country. Employers must have workers’ compensation and an unemployment insurance account in place. They also need to pay payroll taxes, which include Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment benefits.

For more about hiring employees, see the topic Managing a Small Business. Click the Next button to continue.
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