You might not know it yet but Canada is offering a tax credit of up to $1,000 to help you hire staff. This is something to keep in mind for your 2011 Tax Year. Remember … consider all your deductions.

If you are anything like myself you might be thinking you can do it all yourself, and that it is too expensive to outsource but the reality is that we can’t do it ALL ourselves.  Smart business owners know that they need to work with people who can best compliment the skills set they don’t have. It also allows the business owner to focus on the bigger picture and put your energy on the business of making money. Your time is valuable – have you clearly thought about how it is best spent within your business? 

Outsourcing critical parts of your business that you can’t handle well yourself (or don’t want to handle) is very good business strategy. Image is everything. Are you putting the best image out there for your business and your reputation? 

  

5 tips for hiring staff that you might find useful:

  1. Always consider the long term fit – finding staff that compliment your long term vision is good practice. As you grow so can your employees and the development of your business. 
     
  2. Invest in training – have good processes in place to train staff. Think about personality and aptitudes when hiring. If they have transferable skills and a great "go getter" attitude then I say that can win over just plain past work experience.
     
  3. When interviewing don’t talk too much – let the perspective employee do a lot of the talking.You will get a clearer picture and be sure that the person is not just saying what they think you want to hear.
     
  4. Always check references. 

  5. Have a employment contract – this should be signed by both parties. The purpose is to make expectations clear on both sides and spell out all requirements, responsibilities and compensation structure etc.