Updated: Apr 20
When it’s time to start adding to your crew, you don’t have to take on full-time employees (and the cost associated with them). And, if you are running a home-based business, it might make more sense to look for freelancers, contractors, or other independent assistance. But, how do you find people who aren’t looking for a 40-hour paycheck? Believe it or not, finding talent is easy, but screening them takes work. Thousand Business presents some tips and tricks that all business owners should keep in mind.
Tech You’ll Need
If you’re running a home-based business, you can’t afford to skimp on technology. For starters, a reliable and fast internet connection is a must. If you’re going to be conducting remote interviews through Zoom or other video-conferencing software, a quality webcam is also essential. And if your current laptop or tablet is slowing down, it may be time for an upgrade.
Who (and where) to hire?
While your needs are unique to your business, there are a few types of experts that will benefit most enterprises large and small. First is a business consultant, followed by a web developer, and then a team of sales representatives. We'll go into greater detail where you can find talented individuals in each of these fields, but a good place to start looking for all of them is online job boards. There, you'll have quick access to freelance workers who can fill any project, including things like data analysis and reports.
There are many types of business consultants, and you may find yourself in need of someone with expertise in a particular area. If you are growing but having trouble keeping up with demand, a strategy and management consultant can help. However, if you are having trouble creating a functional leadership team, someone with experience as a human resources consultant might be the right fit.
Once you have narrowed down where you need help, you can begin the vetting process. The ideal consultant is a match for your company if they:
● Have experience in your industry and with businesses of your size
● Can bring new ideas and a fresh perspective
● Avoid pitching out-of-the-box solutions
● Can commit to becoming an extension of your team
Forbes asserts that a good consultant will work with you and not for you. In addition to job boards, check industry or trade groups, or contact your local Chamber of Commerce for business consultants near you. You can also network with your vendors and clients to create a list of names.
Your web developer is not necessarily someone who has to be on site, and they don’t even have to understand your industry. A freelance CSS developer is a tech expert who can handle every aspect of your website, including some graphic design. Having a visitor-friendly, website tailored to your products and services will provide your customers with a much better experience. A CSS expert should be able to help you fulfill the technical requirements and launch your shiny new website quickly.
Fortunately, there is an almost-endless supply of qualified developers available on freelance job boards. Before you hire, make sure they understand your technology and can provide a portfolio of past projects.
Up until now, you have likely functioned as your own sales representative. However, there is only one you. When you are ready for rapid growth, hiring your first sales representative can put you in a position to capture your fair market share. Look for a representative who:
● Has experience in your industry
● Can provide examples of their previous successes
● Is professional in both demeanor and appearance
● Wants to learn about your products, company, and services
Trade shows are a great place to look for your next sales rep. You may also do some recon on the competition. There are also many websites that are dedicated exclusively to recruiting sales and marketing personnel.
None of these helpers has to be full time. There is nothing wrong with paying only for the time and services that you need. Again, this isn’t a full list of people that might benefit your business, but these three types of experts are readily available and can help you grow. When you want to take things to another level, you have to start somewhere, and any of these professional services is a good place to do just that.