Wednesday 8 November 2023

Hiring & Onboarding Your First Employee

When you have a small business, it can often be quite a while until you actually have a need to bring in anyone to help you. But once that does become necessary, you will then really need to make sure that you do it right. After all, hiring employees and going through the whole process of onboarding them can be really important to get right, and there are a few things that you will need to make sure you are focused on here. Let’s take a look at what those might be and how to keep on top of them.

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Know What You Want

In terms of the actual hiring process, you do need to make sure that you first know what you actually want from an employee, otherwise you might struggle to hire the right person. This is something that is going to be really important to consider, because you will really need to make sure that you have the right person working by your side. So make sure you know what you want and that you are actively looking for it when you are trying to hire your first employee. It really will make a huge difference overall.

Take The Recruitment Slow

You should also make sure that you are taking it quite slow and easy in general when you do the recruitment process. That’s vital because you need to make sure that you are not rushing anything and ending up with the wrong person, which can very often happen here. You need to take it easy, give yourself plenty of time and you will hopefully therefore end up with someone that you can be really happy with on the whole. That is something that is going to make a huge difference to your business in general.

Set Up Payroll

One area that you will always need to get right in order to keep your employee happy and on board is the pay. And once you have even one employee, you need to set up a payroll process that you can rely on, and that is something that can take time to achieve. Nonetheless, as long as you work at it, you should find you can do it. To make it easier, find a payslip template and use a software that seems easy to use. This is going to help you a lot with all of your payroll needs.


There might be areas that your new employee needs training in. Some of these will probably be legal things, such as health and safety, and some will be more to do with certain tools that you like to use in your company. In any case, there should be a period of training before you get them working for real, and this needs to be done in such a way that they are going to be ready to work for you confidently. Make sure you don’t overlook this vital part of the whole process, as it is really important.


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