Owning and running a small business in Ohio is a lot of work. From the business itself to dealing with employees to handling clients, the workload seems endless and exhausting. Hiring a quality workforce (whether they are contractors or employees) should ultimately be something that makes your life easier but it can be a long road to finding the right person. Dawes Legal can help with all your Ohio small business needs.
Making sure you have the right people for your company always starts with the hiring process so here’s a look at some small business hiring tips to get you started:
1. Get to know them: Taking the time to really get to know a potential hire is something you should also do yourself, along with your most trusted partners and employees. This process should start with looking into their resume and work experience and end with as many interviews (formal and informal) as you need to decide whether he or she is a good fit. A quick glance at a resume and a 15 minute interview is simply not enough time spent analyzing a candidate. Ultimately, spending a little more time upfront will save you a lot of time down the line and help ensure that he or she is the best candidate for the job.
2. Check references: Even if the individual does not have previous work experience in your particular field, calling a reference or two can be a great way to get a feel for them as a person and employee from the perspective of a previous employer or designated personal reference. These calls don’t need to take a lot of your time but are an important part of feeling out any candidate.
3. Conduct a background check: background checks are an increasingly popular way to learn more about an applicant. Whether this makes sense for your business ultimately depends on your business but once again, spending a little more time in the beginning before you hire someone can help you avoid the headache of dealing with a bad employee
4. Work with an attorney: Working with an experienced Ohio small business attorney represents a great way to help protect your interests and save you time. An attorney can help with many aspects of the hiring process, including: making sure you don’t ask illegal interview questions, putting together an employment agreement and helping to put together a company-wide on boarding program.
At Dawes Legal, I am here to help you with all your small business needs so that you can focus on what’s really important- running your business and spending your precious free time with your loved ones. If you are a small business owner and have questions about hiring, firing or anything in between – give Dawes Legal, LLC a call today. Let me take the legal aspects of running a business off your plate and answer any questions you might have. I look forward to hearing from you! (614) 733-9999.