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Tip #14: Need an extra pair of hands? – Our advice on employing staff

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Do you need an extra pair of hands to help you run your business?

There are pros and cons to becoming an employer, so let’s take a look at some of the ways you could get the help you need and what to consider.

Employ someone

Taking on your first employee is a big commitment.  Here are some things to consider before you decide if you are ready:

  • Costs – Do you have the cashflow to cover regular salary, training and equipment?
  • Time – Being an employer brings extra admin in terms of payroll and record keeping.
  • Why do you need extra help? – Are you looking to grow your business, or do you need help with an increasing workload?
  • Is it a temporary or permanent increase?
  • Employee rights – employees are entitled to certain statutory and legal rights, including sick pay and Workplace Pension. You can read a full list of employee rights here.

Use Self-Employed Workers and Subcontractors

This is really common in the building services sector.

Subcontractors will usually charge more on an hourly or daily rate, but your working relationship will be more flexible with employment agreed on a job-by-job basis.

Sadly, this option does not exempt you from extra paperwork!

You will have to register as a contractor under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) – find out more here.

Employ an Apprentice or Trainee

As a small business, investing in an apprentice or trainee could be a cost-effective way to develop a motivated, skilled and loyal workforce.

Trainee pay increases are in line with experience and knowledge and most apprentices more than pay for themselves within a few years.

Find out more about employing an apprentice here.

Employ your Family and Friends

Many sole traders and small business owners use the skills of their partner or spouse to help out the business.

Just remember, the existence of a family tie does not exempt you from any employment laws or tax regulations!

If you have any queries, get professional advice from an accountant.

Find out more!

For more free advice about employing staff, download our guide, which covers:

  • What to think about before you decide to employ someone
  • Basic steps to recruitment, from advertising and interviewing to sealing the deal
  • Paying staff and record keeping
  • Employee rights
  • Employer responsibilities
  • Avoiding discrimination
  • Health and safety at work
  • Alternatives to employment
  • Managing your workforce

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