Hiring Help – Part 2 – Pros and Cons of Hiring Employees
If your courier service has grown substantially, and you are finding it difficult to keep up with the needs of customers it might be the right time to consider hiring an employee. Of course this person might be hired to assist in delivering documents or packages, but they could also be someone who works in the office too.
Before hiring anyone, however, it requires that the owner sit down and seriously consider exactly which tasks they cannot handle. For instance, if it is difficult to get out of the office to deliver the packages because of too much paperwork and too many phone calls, then it is quite likely that office support is the answer.
This is something that could be done “in house” or a savvy and tech-friendly business owner could have someone working from home. Why would you want to hire someone to work from home?
This will usually allow the business owner to keep costs a bit lower than normal simply because the equipment required is going to have to be provided by the new employee (such as a phone line and computer), and there will also be no need to purchase a separate insurance policy for that person to work in the business owner’s home too.
Creating a work at home scenario might also vastly increase the available pool of candidates for a job, and will also keep sick days to an absolute minimum. If the new employee is going to be a driver, and will be an actual member of the staff instead of a subcontractor, you will want to consider running a background check on that person.
You will also have to consider the costs of additional insurance, vehicle expenses, and more. Additionally, one of the major downsides to full-time employees is the fact that taxation and documentation becomes a major issue too.
This is usually the reason that a home based business, like a courier service, tends to rely on subcontractors more often than not.