Once you decide which tasks to delegate, the next question is whether to hire part-time or full-time. Here's how to simplify that decision.
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Most big ideas require huge actions, even from a small business, so you’ve likely thought of hiring for your big idea. More often than not, you’ll have tasks that you either have no expertise in, or no time to do. For a lot of people, it’s both.
So the question is: do you hire full-time or part-time staff? Truth is, neither’s better than the other. What’s best for your business depends on the stage of your growth and the kind of jobs you need done.
Hire Part-time Staff When...
You need help with small tasks or one-off projects.
The smallest tasks can be the biggest time suckers for you, but take other people only a few hours a week to finish. For jobs like this, hiring part-time is the way to go. Even a little bit of time saved can go a long way, and you can use that time for more important tasks.
One-time projects are a great way not only to gauge skill, but also see how well your system works. You can treat every project as a learning experience, and improve your processes accordingly.
Also, you can build your network this way. Once you finish a project, you have the option of hiring the same person for a similar project later on, or searching for someone else who can do better.
You’re not looking to grow your company yet.
Staying small is A-OK, if you don’t think you’re ready to grow yet. If you are still getting your processes in place, or you could still handle doing your core tasks, hire part-time for help you need.
Hire Full-time Staff When...
You need big, regular tasks done.
Hire full-time help for tasks that require at least forty hours a week, even if they have nothing to do with your core business (e.g. digital marketing for a software development company). Chances are the success of your company will rely on this task, so you need commitment. It’s easier to ask for commitment from people who work exclusively for you, as opposed to contractors who have gigs elsewhere.
You want to grow and you’re serious about it.
In a recent conversation with writer and business coach Geoff Burch, we agreed that counting employees officially as part of your team is a step toward empowering them. According to him, empowering employees allows them to add value to your company.
If you have a reasonable system in place, and your company’s demands have grown too big to fulfill in just a couple of hours a week, it makes sense to scale your company with dedicated help. At this stage, you’ll need committed, empowered people to have your back.
Your Choice Will Be What’s Right for You
The choice of hiring part-time or full-time talent relies on what you need. But in the end, recognize that with either option, you get what you put in. Whether you’re using traditional hiring methods, or newer hiring models like remote staffing, it’s important to take time to clearly describe the job and your expectations. So think ahead about the task and what you really need before diving into the hiring pool.
Ever had to decide between hiring part-time and full-time? What factors affected your choice? Leave a comment and share your stories.
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