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Part 1: Staffing Up When Business is Hot

Published on Aug 8, 2012


Read 'Part 1: Staffing Up When Business is Hot' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
By Brooke Miller Hall Is your business sizzling like the afternoon sun? Most small business owners are thrilled to have an influx of new work orders. But at some point the growing demand will force you to make a tough decision: get more help or reduce your workload. In our second part of this two-part series, we’ll look at reducing business – but today we’re talking about staffing up to meet your demand. When getting additional help, first you must decide if the surge of business is temporary or if you expect it to continue. For a company that makes ergonomic snow shovels or handmade Easter baskets, it’s natural to have a big influx of business for a single season only. If you just need to get through a seasonal surge or if you got pounded with a few big projects at the same time – or maybe you’re just not sure yet if these hot times will last – then subcontractors could be your answer. Independent contrac­tors don’t require all the paperwork, procedures and tax filings that must be followed when hiring traditional employees. However, you’ll need to be attentive to quality – a subcontractor won’t do the job just like you do. Look for steps in your work process that can be subcontracted without jeopardizing the quality or individuality of your product. Freeing yourself from the more routine or repeti­tive tasks can help you to produce an even better service or product for your clients – and make it through the hot times without breaking a sweat. On the other hand, perhaps the job is just too big for subcontractors. Or you predict the heightened workload will continue long term. Or you want someone who can make a firm, ongoing commitment to your company. Then it’s time to consider hiring your own employees. Check out our Guides to Starting and Running a Business for more on adding staff, as well as additional considerations specific to your industry.