When it comes to expanding their business, most first-time business owners make the exact same mistake: they leave their business unstaffed for far too long. This is understandable. When you create your own business, you’re in complete control. You work for months on end alone to get things off the ground and up and running. You will often grow to believe that you don’t need to take on staff. That they’re just a needless expense when you can take on the extra work yourself. But as you start receiving more and more orders or contracts (and consequently more and more responsibility), you’ll soon grow to realise that you’re not a robot.
If you try to go it alone, you’ll end up burning yourself out. What’s more? Your business will suffer for it. You need to focus on areas such as product development. You need to be deciding how you’re going to push your business forward, what you’re going to bring to the plate for the marketplace, which demographic you’re going to target next… You can’t do all of this if you’re constantly tied up with administrative tasks, correspondence, and market research. In short, you need help to succeed. As the old saying goes, many hands make light work! So, here are some staffing options that you might want to take a good look at.
Full and Part-Time Employees
The most common means of taking on staff is to hire full or part-time employees. Your role as an employer will be to provide these individuals with regular work, meeting contracted hours agreed between you and them as individuals. Each worker will generally have a specialist area, such as “shop assistant”, “receptionist”, or “HR” and responsibilities that go hand in hand with the title.
If you don’t want the commitment of taking on permanent staff members, you can always try out Extra Personnel. These are individuals who come in and perform the same tasks as permanent staff members but on a daily, one-off basis. So, if you want to take things slow, you can try to maintain your business alone, but call in the extra help when things get on top of you.
Outsourcing is another extremely common means of lifting a weight off your shoulders. It is a business practice which involves contracting work out to third parties, independent agencies, or freelance individuals. This is perfect for work that can be carried out outside of your commercial property or office space and absolutely ideal for those who work from home and don’t want others encroaching on their personal space. Consider outsourcing things like web design, market research, IT, or production.
No matter what stage your business is at, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to take on the bulk of work alone and that there are others out there who will be willing to help and competent in their roles. While becoming an employer of sorts will feel odd at first, it’s an essential part of a business expansion and something you will grow used to and benefit from in next to no time!