The Basics of Becoming an Employer
When you set up a small business, you tend to start out alone. You’ll come up with a business concept relatively independently, you’ll come up with your own branding and you’ll start establishing yourself. You might then bring in a little help from freelancers and contractors to complete tasks that you might struggle with or not have the relevant knowledge or skill sets to undertake and work to a high standard. You might collaborate with a web designer, a graphic designer, a copywriter, and various other individuals. But a point will come down the line where you might want to consider taking on full time workers. You can’t do everything by yourself all the time, and as your business begins to experience success, grow and expand, it’s highly likely you’ll need multiple hands to make things work and progress. But becoming an employer will come hand in hand with a whole host of responsibilities that you may currently be relatively unfamiliar with. Here are a few pieces of advice that will help you to make a success of this process.
Familiarize Yourself With Employment Law
You’re going to have to take time to research and familiarize yourself with all of the different areas of employment law before you even begin to consider taking permanent staff members on. This will help make sure that you don’t slip up and make mistakes which could ultimately see you lose money or face lawsuits. Some areas to focus on include (but aren’t limited to):
- Employment Contracts
- Termination of Contracts
- Equal Pay
- Minimum Wage
- Working Hours
- Sick Leave
- Annual Leave
- Maternity and Paternity Leave
Use the Best Recruitment Software
Recruitment can be a difficult process, but you can save money by recruiting yourself rather than outsourcing to a third party or an agency. Your journey can be made easier by making use of specialist recruitment software. Seeing as you’re likely to recruit time and time again as your business continues to expand and grow, consider this an investment piece. Find the best software on the market and don’t settle for less.
Prioritize Health and Safety
One area you need to get to grips with before anyone actually starts is health and safety in the workplace. This is because you need to ensure that your employees never experience any injury or sickness as a direct result of working for you. This is because morally, you need to care for your employees. You also need to focus on this for your own sake. After all, if your staff have to take time off sick or injured because of workplace accidents or injuries, productivity will drop and your workflow will be massively interrupted. This can stunt progression. You also want to do everything you can to avoid lawyers contacting you requesting compensation. This can dig massively into your profits.
These are just a few areas to look into and focus on when you’re considering taking on full time staff, part time staff, or any other form of employee. So, prioritize them and give them the care and attention they deserve.