Hire the Right Employees

(Submitted by Melissa Carter, Business Development Specialist, Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

Is it time for your small business to grow? Are you ready to hire employees? When hiring, there’s a few things to keep in mind:

• First and most importantly, take time to hire the right employee. It’s crucial that the individual(s) you hire will be the right fit with your existing team (or just you).

• Know what you can/cannot ask during an interview. Questions related to age, race, marital status, national origin, disabilities, and religion are all off limits when interviewing.

• Can you hire an independent contractor instead of an employee? If you need someone who will have their own tools/equipment and will set their own hours, your operation could hire them as an independent contractor instead of an employee.

• Know what the tax requirements and when to pay – here’s a good list of information to keep up with regulations: https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/hire-retain-employees/hire-your-first-employee

• Lastly, when you’ve hired the right person for your team, make sure you have a plan in place for their first day/week. Do you have an employee handbook for them to read? Will they be paired with another employee for training or do you have time set aside to show them the ropes? Start the employee with clear expectations and opportunities for growth on day one.