With Employment Rates Rising Again, Startups Are Planning Their Recruitment Options

By Adriaan Brits Friday, June 19, 2020

According to the most recent government statistics, nonfarm employment rose dramatically in May. These job creations were mostly in the leisure and hospitality business, but they clearly indicate that business is picking up again.

After you have gone through the initial process of finding a business idea, planning your business strategy, naming it, and filing for its creation, you are ready to start your life as an entrepreneur.

If you are planning your startup, or have just started your new entrepreneurial effort, you may be thinking that now is the time to expand your hiring. However, even though many talented people can help you grow your business, you need to be careful when scaling your hiring efforts so that you don’t hamper the long-term prospects for your business.

One of the largest expenses for any new business is the cost of hiring employees. If there is no revenue to support the increased expense, your business may not be able to meet the costs. Rush hiring may also cause you to lower your hiring standards, and you may end up with employees who are not a good fit for your standards or are not right for your business culture.

Here are five tips to help you hire employees efficiently:

Take an Inventory of Your Needs

As a new business owner, you first need to set down your business goals and expansion. If you are currently running around doing everything yourself and losing customers, you need to start thinking of getting help. If you want to expand, work out the minimum number of employees that you will need at each location to accomplish your expansion. This planning will help avoid unnecessary expenses to your young business that could place a severe strain on its profit retention.

Work Your Employment Strategy From the Top Down

If you are opening your business at more than one location, focus on one section at a time. Hire for one location, and then move onto the next. Aim to hire a skilled manager or leader, and then let that person oversee hiring for their location, leaving you free to move on to the next one. If you are working from one location only, hire an initial right-hand person that can help you with more than one task, such as answering calls, planning your day, and developing a marketing strategy. As you carefully plan your expansion, you can then plan which the next essential employee will be.

Be Open to Different Hiring Pools

Hiring employees today need not be someone from your neighborhood, city, state, or even country. There are many people with talent and potential out there; you may find that you can hire someone far away to work remotely. Diverse experience and backgrounds often bring a different perspective and could be better for your business, which will also lower your hiring costs.

Lower Your Costs With Part-Time Employees

If you are not sure what your long-term situation will be, then it may be better to hire part-time employees for your startup at first. You could also create a mix of a few full-time employees and some part-time for the busier months in your industry. This approach will have a smaller impact on your budget and will offer you more flexibility.

Create Sustainability With Onboarding and Training

If you want the people you hire to have a better culture fit, then you need to make sure you invest time in onboarding and training them. Each new candidate that joins your business needs to be provided with all the training and resources so that they can meet your expectations and become a suitable fit. This leads to workforce sustainability, something that is vital to a successful growth for your business.

As you grow your new business, these hiring tips will help you avoid making mistakes as you bring people on board to assist you. You won't stretch your budget unnecessarily, and you will ensure that you have only the best fits.

About the Author

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As an analyst of global affairs, Adriaan has an MSC from Oxford, with diverse interests in the digital economy, entertainment, and business. He is a specialist trainer in Advanced Analytics & Media.

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