As a small business owner, there may come a day when you realize you can no longer run your company alone. If this time has come, congratulations on your business growth! Whether your business needs to retain employees to sell a product or to provide a service, strategy is critical. Understanding the hiring process and recruitment options can ensure that you find an excellent match for your enterprise

1. Know Your Needs

A business owner involved in the employment process should be able to comfortably describe the expectations of the position being filled. This includes describing the day-to-day tasks of a position and the specific skills sought in a candidate. Keep in mind: an ultra-specific list of traits can hinder the search for a new employee. Narrow your list down to the attributes that are most integral to meeting the job requirements.

Consider Outsourcing

Many business owners turn toward online freelancers to meet their business needs. Virtual professionals are a viable option for those who seek the help of a specialist and do not need to have an employee in-office.

2. Meet Legal Requirements

Is your business registered?

It is your responsibility as a small business owner to ensure your business is legitimate. Some business owners are hesitant to legitimize their business. Nonetheless, registering a business is essential. A registered business has heightened access to opportunities for funding, marketing, and steady growth.


Legal requirements must also be met when onboarding new employees. State and federal tax regulations differ depending on the type of employee and the number of hours worked. An employee is likely to value an employer who takes the appropriate measures to ensure their position is both secure and legally valid.


The lines between employee and business partner are sometimes blurred in small businesses. A business partnership requires documentation of agreements between parties. If you are unsure about where to start, a professional business advisor may facilitate this process.

 3. Focus on Teambuilding

A team that is invested in the success of a company is a powerful thing. The difference between a team and a group of co-workers is that a team shares a common goal. Small business owners can build a team by showing their employees they are valued. This includes being receptive to employee feedback, taking time to consider the needs of your employees, and fostering a positive work environment.

Expand Your Network

When searching for candidates to fill a position, it may be beneficial to ask employees if they are aware of any qualified applicants. Hiring through referrals can grow your business network and strengthen company bonds. As an additional bonus, an employee who is already familiar with their peers can easily acclimate to their new position.

4. Trust Yourself

No one knows your business like you do. The founder of a business can often pinpoint the values and ideals that shape their business, which can be a great help during the hiring process. Ask yourself the following questions as to why you started your business venture:

Am I committed to helping people?

Do I want to be an innovative force in my industry?

Am I family-oriented?

What is something unique I offer my clients or customers?

Self-reflection is key in determining the qualities you value most in yourself and in future employees.  A successful business is constantly evolving. To build a strong team, a business owner must remain goal-oriented, organized, and informed.

Information in this article is provided for educational purposes only and not intended to constitute legal advice. Please consult with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction for help with your specific situation.

For assistance with business formation, we invite you to contact the Law Offices of Elsa W. Smith LLC at 410-995-7719.