Hiring And Firing

Listening to These 3 Gut Instincts May Make You a Better Businessperson

In business, it is easy to find solid, tangible advice on most everything from how to create a high-converting website to the best ways to advertise and promote your business based on statistics and past practices. But what if your head is telling you that you should do one thing, yet your gut is telling you that you really need to do another—even though it isn’t telling you … [Read more...]

Ethics in Business: 5 Questions With Melissa Armentrout, Owner of Skycrest, Inc.

Melissa Armentrout, Owner of Skycrest Incorporated, answers Businessing Magazine's 5 Questions. She discusses the importance of staying true to your personal convictions when it comes to business. What are the primary service(s) or product(s) that your business provides? Skycrest is an Executive Search Consulting firm focused on the Life Science industry globally. Who’s your … [Read more...]

How Do I Know How Much to Pay My New Employees?

You have weighed the pros and cons of hiring some new employees and have decided to go for it. Now comes an even trickier decision – how much should you pay these people? Figuring out pay scales and salaries can be a complicated part of running a small business. Salary surveys often don’t cover the kind of multitasking you are requiring for your small staff. And your … [Read more...]

Should You Use an Employment Agency to Find Your Next New Hire?

“Outsourcing” seems to be the hot word in the business world nowadays. After all, you can outsource almost everything, from marketing to production to sales. It only makes sense then that you consider outsourcing your hiring process, which usually means using an employment agency to help you find your next best employee. But is that the right route for you and your small … [Read more...]

Need Extra Summer Help? What you Need to Know About Hiring Seasonal Workers

For many small business owners, including those in the tourism business or those catering to warm weather activities, summer means “go” time. You wait all year for this busy time, and you don’t want to miss any business because of lack of preparation. In fact, you may be looking to add some extra staff members to handle the extra work. Seasonal employees are defined as … [Read more...]

Take the Mystery Out of Hiring a Consultant

The client-consultant relationship can be a fruitful one for both parties. Over time, consultants and their clients build the kind of trust that allows for creativity and collaboration. The hardest part of building the client-consultant relationship is taking the first steps that move both parties from conversations about what they can do together to creating a plan – and a … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why an Employee May Require Too Much of Your Time

The goal is for employees to work independently and complete tasks. The opportunity to parallel task, using more people to get more done in less time, is one of the primary benefits to growing the team. For many small business owners, myself included, the idea of hiring first comes about when you simply need to multiply yourself. After all, there's only so much you can do in 24 … [Read more...]

Should You Hire a Summer Intern for Your Small Business?

I landed a dream internship at a city magazine the summer before my senior year of college. I proposed the internship, and I was the first intern the magazine had ever had. The editor and I hit it off in an interview, and I think she liked the idea of helping a journalism student. She hired me to work for 10 weeks three days a week as an editorial assistant. My pay? No … [Read more...]

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring Someone You Know

As a small business owner, you are in a great position to offer people in your community the ability to support themselves and their families by providing them with a job. But what happens when the person asking to work for you is someone you know personally? What if it is a family member or friend? This can definitely be a sticky situation because business dealings can hurt … [Read more...]