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Hiring your first employee?

You’re a small business owner and you’ve spent the majority of your working life cultivating the skills needed to succeed in a competitive market. Maybe recently you’ve stopped to think about passing those valuable skills onto someone else?

Perhaps you’re a professional hairdresser and you’re considering hiring another stylist for your salon. The business isn’t huge, but you’ve seen enough profit in the past year that will allow you to expand in a way that you hadn’t expected previously. Great news!

But where do you go from here..? Some of you reading this will be incredibly familiar with hiring, but if you’re not: keep reading.

Hiring your first employee?

It can be difficult knowing where to begin, especially if you’ve not hired anyone before. What qualities do you look for in an individual aside from those required to do the job itself. If you don’t find the right person it can end up being costly and demotivating.

On the plus side, the right employee can bolster or reinvigorate a small business.
Finding your feet when hiring staff is half of the battle, and really it shouldn’t be a chore. You should be able to relish the opportunity! After all, you’re looking to expand your small business – so you should be looking to find someone who shares your passion and wants to learn.

The best place to start is with your requirements, after all, you’re the person who is looking for support. All the boxes that need ticking should be your boxes. Make a list of skills and attributes required for this person to be successful in the business, then narrow this down to your ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. If you do this, then you’re more likely to get a clear idea of the candidate you’re looking for and it’ll be easier to spot them when you first meet!

Once you’ve done this it’s time to put a job specification together. Note down tasks that will need to be completed every day and what’s expected of the individual. Also include all the important details such as rate of pay, hours of work and holidays provided.

There are other pieces of information that you should include too. Candidates will often consider:

  • Your brand, is it attractive and inviting? Perhaps ask friends, family and business connections to evaluate your brand. This will give you a clear indication of what you look like from the outside. Include this information in the job specification, candidates will appreciate having a clear idea of who you are before they decide to apply.
  • What benefits are on offer? Listing any company benefits is a great way to draw applications in.
  • Training is a big selling point. Consider offering some, your businesses will seem more attractive if there are more prospects for the future. This is especially true if the applicant is lacking qualifications but full of ambition. 
  • Will you be offering flexible working hours? A lot of businesses are open 24-hours, of course you might not be, but you might want to think about offering a variation of the normal 9-5. This often makes businesses that are hiring a lot more popular. 

If there’s one thing that you should take away from this blog, let it be this quote from author and speaker, Simon Sinek. It really cements what’s important about recruiting... especially for small businesses: 

“Recruiting is an art - if you hire people just because they can do a job, they'll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they'll work for you with blood, and sweat, and tears.”

It is always best to prepare yourself for the future, whether that’s hiring staff or looking after your current employees. If you’re a small business owner and you’re looking for more information on employment and the information surrounding it then visit these pages: FSB Employment Protection or FSB Online Legal Documents.

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