As I mentioned in a previous blog post here, I work in the human resources industry when i’m not blogging or designing jewelry. A lot of my friends and acquaintences who have started, or are thinking of starting a company have asked me time and time again about the process of hiring their first employee or partner for their small business or start-up. Here are 6 steps to take when hiring your very first employee:
- Make Sure You’re Legally Ready
Register with your state’s labor department, get worker’s compensation insurance, setup payroll, and do anything else legally required by your state or local government.
- Create a Hiring Process
The first time you hire an employee, create a system for hiring all future employees. From how you’ll take applications to how you’ll train your employees, now’s the time to set up a system. You will also be required to have a legal release form completed and signed by the applicant, informing that person of his/her rights, and provide the applicant with a copy of the report, as well as adverse actions communications.
- Hire Based on Potential
While you might be tempted to hire solely on skill, look at each candidate’s potential before making a final decision on your first employee.
- Conduct Background Checks
A criminal search should the first and foremost part of your employee pre-employment screening process, but there are . Background checks can verify your candidate’s history and help you make the best hiring decision possible.
- Create a Personnel File
When you make a decision on your first employee, be prepared to create a personnel file. This file should include your employee’s background check, job application, employment offer, W-4, evaluations, and other information.
Hiring your first employee as an entrepreneur can be scary, but with these six steps, you can rest assured that you’re on a path to a happy, long-term relationship with your new hire!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. Good luck!