When Is The Right Time To Hire First Employee?

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by Chriss Young with Neighborhood Notes

If your goal is to grow your business, and have a life outside of it, the reality is that you can't do it all. But how do you know when it's time to hire your first employee?

It’s frequently estimated that the cost of recruiting, hiring and training a new employee can cost a business $4,000 (or more), which is often anywhere from 25 percent to 200 percent of annual compensation for that new worker.

As industrious and multi-talented as you may be, if your goal is to grow your business, and have a life outside of it, the reality is that you can’t do it all. At some point you need to assess when the benefits of hiring another person will outweigh the cost of doing everything yourself.

There’s plenty of legal, financial and individual preparation that goes into adding another mind, body and personality to the operation of your business, but let’s start with assessment. How do you know when it’s time to hire your first employee?

If you run a boutique, bakery or restaurant, it’s probably important for you to be open, selling, producing or serving your goods, six to seven days a week. Thus, many small business owners must hire their first employee right out of the gate.

“You can’t do everything yourself” and keep your sanity, insists Jennifer Thomas of Jet Clothing, especially when you have a storefront that needs to be open seven days a week.

Erica Lurie of Garnish Apparel echoes this sentiment. “I knew it was time to hire my first employee when I first opened my shop and decided that I wanted to be open seven days a week, but didn’t want to work seven days a week,” she says. “Since an article of clothing is a comparable price to a day’s wages, on any day of the week someone might come in and make a large purchase that covers your payroll for several days. So, I figured that until I had enough data to analyze accurately if there was a day of the week that was consistently not profitable, I ought to be open seven days. As it turned out, it makes sense financially to be open every day.” (Read full article)