There´s a good chance you´ve begun your business working alone, at least for a time. Soon you start feeling the pressures of working solo. You could use someone who has skills you lack. And the business is growing to where you can´t serve your customers as well as you like. There aren´t enough hours in the day to go around.
Dilemma that it is, this is a happy time for a young business. You´ve reached the point where you need to hire your first employee. Or two? It´s time to evaluate what you do best and what would be done better/faster/cheaper by someone else.
It may be a challenge to find just one person, all you can afford right now, with all the skills you need. Initially, Joan O´Connor of Timeless Treasures, a San Francisco retailer of vintage furnishings and gifts, needed somebody to help her set up an inventory system and handle bookkeeping, somebody who understood merchandising, and somebody who was good at helping customers with their design requirements. After starting with one employee, O´Connor found it was far better to have three part-time employees who bring different skills to the business. "It´s more flexible and I get three perspectives instead of one at any given time."
If you do hire part-time employees, O´Connor recommends that you use a payroll service. Not only does it keep you out of trouble, it shows part-time employees that they are truly part of the organization. "I want them to feel as though the business is something they´re really a part of." Employees who see how they fit into your company are more likely to become engaged in making your business successful.