Who Should You Hire First? [VIDEO]

by Laura Messerschmitt on November 11, 2010

You’ve decided to hire someone to help you regain your life back.  But what type of employee should you hire first? How do you decide where your business needs help the most?

In this short video, courtesy of Intuit Online Payroll and part of our payroll video series,  Rhonda Abrams provides advice on the subject of how to select your first outside employee.


Rhonda Abrams: All right, so you’re ready to hire, but what kind of employee are you going to hire first? My first employee was an administrative assistant and I was working from my home so she had to work from my kitchen table. It started at 10 hours, and then it grew to 20 hours, and then it grew from there.

But like most people in personal services or business services, an administrative assistant is often the first employee.

What kind of employee is going to be your first employee? For small businesses, first hires tend to fall into one of these categories.

Some people hire a bookkeeper first because it’s useful for helping you prepare your taxes and also to send out your invoices and pay your bills. And if you deal with a lot of money coming in and out of your business, having someone handle that is a huge relief.

Sales. Having people in sales or marketing to a lesser extent is often a good first hire.
That’s because they may be able to generate the income to support not only themselves, but to help you hire other people to help grow your business.

Now what about your business? What do you not have time to do or not have the skills to do? What kind of person do you need to help you grow your business? Spend some time envisioning your new employee’s roles and responsibilities. What tasks do you want them most to accomplish? The more clearly you define the work you want them to do, and the role you envision for them, the more likely you are to find a candidate who’s an appropriate fit for your needs.

With a clear understanding of the tasks and responsibilities you have in mind for your new employee, you can decide what level of support you need. Do you need a full-time worker, a part-timer, a contractor or a consultant? Based on your job requirements and your budget consider the range of your options for getting the help you need.

Having another person on board gives you time to focus on growth, to develop new products, to serve more customers, to have more energy to focus on the work that you both enjoy and will help your business grow.

If you’re ready to take that step and bring another person on board, you can get a free copy of my new book, “Hire Your First Employee”, compliments of Intuit. Just go to FirstEmployee.Intuit.com.