Hiring and training the right employees for a job can be a substantial task, drawing on a significant amount of time and money. But when your business is operating in your own home, this process becomes all the more important. Not only do you need to be even more diligent about who you bring in, but also in how you bring them in. Here is a rundown of what to consider before hiring any employees for your home business:

1. Be clear about your employment needs. Before beginning the process, think about your needs. How many hours of help do you need? Which hours of the day best suit your needs? Is it more practical to hire an independent consultant instead of a regular employee?

2. Calculate how much you can afford to pay your workers. Determine how much you can pay employees, as well as which benefits you can offer. Small businesses can usually be flexible about vacation days and telecommuting. Also, consider whether you will pay your workers directly, or hire an outside firm to manage payroll.

3. Make sure that you are operating in accordance with federal and state laws. This includes employment laws, taxation, health and safety practices, and your local zoning laws.

4. Provide adequate insurance coverage. By law, all businesses are required to provide a business insurance policy covering worker’s compensation and other possible employer liabilities.

5. Evaluate the amount of space available. Make sure your home work space is adequately equipped to handle additional people. Otherwise, boundaries can more easily be crossed and productivity can be lost.

6. Start with your own resources to bring in workers. Once you are ready to hire someone, ask people you know to recommend potential employees. Referrals from colleagues and relatives can usually be trusted. Moreover, these people will also be most familiar with your particular needs.

7. Make sure to thoroughly screen each candidate. It’s worthwhile to pay for a basic background check for criminal activity or other irresponsible behaviors. Furthermore, always check references that potential employees offer.

8. Put some thought into the interview. When you interview potential workers, ask questions specific to the job. Ask candidates how they have dealt with difficult situations at previous jobs. In addition, find out how they feel about working in a home office, in close proximity to your family members.

9. Clarify the rules and expectations of employment. Once you have hired employees, make sure they know what you expect from them. Writing an employee handbook will minimize miscommunication. Make sure to include which rooms in your home they may use.

10. Don’t forget to “train” your family members. Family members also need to have clear boundaries set out for them. Emphasize that they don’t need to host or socialize with employees.

Following these guidelines should help you not only to hire employees, but to keep them as well.

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