Category Archives: Hiring

The Megaphone of Main Street Small Business Jobs Report, Infographic #2: The Gig Economy

Business owners reported an increase in hiring in all categories of workers over the past six months, with the greatest growth in one-time project or gig workers (37%).

SCORE’s latest infographic explores the rise of the gig economy in small business hiring.

This infographic highlights the findings of part 2 of The Megaphone of Main Street Small Business Jobs Report.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Hiring Your First Employee

So You Want to Be the Boss?

What You Need to Know Before You Hire Your First Employee

If you’re thinking about hiring your first employee, you may be feeling so thinly stretched that you want to fill out paperwork and have someone start right away. That’s understandable, since adding staff to your small business can increase your ability to serve your customers. But if you’re not experienced at hiring and managing employees, it’s easy to make mistakes that can make it harder to serve as a consistent, fair boss.

Before you place your first ad for an employee, here’s what you’ll want to consider about the employer-employee relationship you’re about to embark on.

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Ask SCORE: Should I work with contractors or hire employees for my small business?

As your small business grows, you will reach a point when you can’t do everything by yourself. To get the help you need, you can choose to outsource various tasks to independent contractors or hire employees and delegate the work.

To decide which will make the most sense for you and your company, it’s important to understand some of the key differences between working with independent contractors and having employees on staff.

Years ago, I owned a “virtual” marketing services firm. I worked with a group of talented creative people — designers, illustrators, photographers, and others. I asked them to work on projects for my clients, and they often asked me to work on projects for their clients. We all had licensed businesses and we enjoyed working with each other.   Continue reading

Ask SCORE: What should I do before I hire my first employee?

Hiring employees for your small business can help lighten your workload. But it also creates the need to manage something you didn’t need to worry about when you were handling all aspects of your business by yourself:

Payroll.

Even if you have just one employee, you need to do payroll accurately and in compliance with all legal and regulatory responsibilities. If you don’t, you could incur costly penalties from the Internal Revenue Service.

Before you hire your first employee and put processes in place to handle payroll, make sure you pay attention to two important details.  Continue reading

Is it time to hire your first employee? Here’s how to know.

You’re running your own business, and you’re busier than ever. You don’t want to turn work away, but you’re already spread too thin. So you’ve started to wonder: Is it time to hire your first employee?

Becoming an employer is a big decision. You don’t want to hire staff unless it’s absolutely necessary.  But if you’re too swamped to keep up, your work will suffer, and you’ll lose the solid customer base you’ve worked so hard to build.

How to know when it’s time to hire.

Becoming a boss is a great idea if your business has grown enough to justify it. Make sure you’re hiring someone for the right reasons.  Continue reading

How can you verify a job applicant’s resume when a former employer has gone out of business?

by Julie Tappero, Owner of West Sound Workforce

It is not uncommon today to see the words “company out of business” on a job application. With the economy in a slump for the last several years, and layoffs abounding everywhere, checking applicants’ references has become harder than ever.

Should you just give up on verifying employment when a company is no longer in business, or is there something more you can do?

25% – 50% of job seekers falsify their work histories

Surveys show that somewhere between 25% and 50% of job seekers lie on their resumes. With times being so tough, the incentives to embellish in order to get a job, are high.

Many job seekers think it’s worth it if it helps their resume rise to the top. And many know that a high percentage of employers never bother to verify the information anyway.

Before you just accept the information on the resume or application, here are some tips to help you.