Before you hire your first full-time employee, you may prefer to test the employer waters by hiring part-time help. If so, now is a great time to get started. According to Challenger Gray, the forecast for holiday hiring is excellent. Hiring part-time workers now means getting a head start for the New Year, so here’s how to make sure you hire right.
First, make sure you are ready. Do you have the office space needed for part-time help? Do you have the right equipment or do you need to lease (or buy) another computer or other tools? Go over the numbers with your accountant and make sure you’ve weighed the option of using an independent contractor instead. You won’t have the same control over the employee as you would a part-timer, but your expenses could be less.
Once you’ve definitely decided to hire a part-time worker, visit online sites such as Glassdoor or Elance. If you need a specialized skill set, you can also check SpareHire, an online marketplace where small business owners can get help with specialized analytical work, such as fundraising, strategizing, financial modeling and more.
Know the Rules
Most states define part-time employees as those who work less than 35 hours per week. Typically, part-time workers are paid an hourly wage. Since they are employees, not freelancers, they must comply with your company’s policies. Part-time employees generally receive limited or no company benefits, such as health benefits, vacation and sick time, paid holidays and unemployment compensation, among others, unless required by state labor laws and/or company policies. However, part-time employees are protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act and OSHA’s safety and health policies related to work-related injuries, illnesses and occupational fatalities. Finally, part-time employees who work 1,000 hours or more during a calendar year may be eligible for retirement benefits.
Make sure you post your part-time job opening on all your social media platforms, in case one of your followers has a good lead for you. LinkedIn is especially suited for finding workers.
Don’t rule out retired seniors or stay-at-home moms looking for part-time work. Often, you can find part-timers in these demographics with a lot of experience, eager to work a few hours a week. Make sure you’re clear about your expectations as far as hours and commitment to the job.
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