21 Aug How to Hire & Train Your First Employee for Your Home Business
As a work from home entrepreneur, you know the importance of having good, quality help.
If the time has come in your business to hire and train your first employee, congratulations! That means that your business has grown enough that you have a need for help! That is a great situation to be in!
Hiring your first employee can be such an exciting time. Think about your business and everything that it represents and then find someone who can fit seamlessly into your business plan.
There are certain steps to take to ensure that you are able to get the quality that you want in your first employee.
1) Create a Job Description
If you don’t know exactly what you are hiring for, how do you know who you need to hire? List out the job descriptions, their daily tasks, what their job title is going to be, and how they are going to be helpful to you and your business. Take your time on this as this is going to be one of the most important aspects of finding the best employee that is going to be the best fit for your business.
2) Tell People You Trust That You Are Hiring
Ask those who you trust if they know of anyone who may be a good fit for the job.
It can be a fine line to balance with asking others, but also important. For the first employee that you are going to hire ever, you want it to be someone who you can trust. If you have a great friend or family member who you have faith in their opinion, it doesn’t hurt to ask them if they know of any good possibilities. Let them know that you are just asking for their opinions, and it doesn’t mean that is the person will be the one who you are ultimately going to hire.
3) Conduct Interviews To Seek Out The Most Qualified.
It can be tempting to just hire someone based on their demeanor and if they know somebody…don’t.
Always remember that your business should be at the forefront of your mind. You don’t want to just hire anyone…you want an employee that is the best person for the job. Trust me on this. Conduct the interviews to save yourself a potential headache in the future.
4) Be Open And Honest During The Interview Process
Nothing is worse than spending the time to interview and communicate with someone, hire them and then have them feel like they weren’t prepared or prepped for what the job actually entails. Talk about a complete waste of your time. Give them the good, the bad, and the ugly of the position so that there aren’t any surprises.
5) Prepare a Thorough Training Program
Having an employee who is trained from the first day moving forward will result in a productive employee for you and your business. Productivity is what you are striving for from your employee, not perfection. Remember that.
People are human, and humans make errors. When it comes to your newly hired employee, remember that they are just learning the ropes as well for your business.
Be empathetic to mistakes that may happen in the first few weeks. As long as your employee is trying and putting out an effort during training, that is proof that you hired an employee that is worthy of continued training.
6) Train Them As If They Were You.
If you want to see your company have long-term success, then it needs to have employees and people in place to make it happen, right?
You made your company a success so why not train someone else to help keep that success going? Teach them your knowledge and your skills so that they can be a great asset as well.
When hiring and training your first employee, it’s important to keep in mind that they are working for you. There does have to be a line drawn between being their friend and their manager, and it can be hard especially in a smaller business setting. Start their first day off by being professional and build on that each and every day. Before long, you will be amazed at how well you and your first employee work together and compliment each other as a team!