For the millions of us that run a small business, hiring an employee can be a daunting and intimidating task. Most businesses start by a sole proprietor or a small group of friends, and at some point the work just gets to be too much. If you’ve gotten to that point and are ready to take the plunge, then there here are a some ways to find local talent on the cheap. And if this isn’t what you’re looking for, you can always find free tips on hiring employees from experts in the employment industry.
Check Your Local Listings
By local listings, I mean post an ad on craigslist or whatever local job boards that you have in your area. This can include actually putting up ads at schools, churches and on neighborhood bulletins. You may be able to find someone who is looking for work this way too. Check classifieds and craigslist for jobs wanted or services provided.
Look to the Youth
If you’re looking for someone that is eager to work and appreciative of the pay, AND that you can hire on the cheap, check your local schools. Of course you can check your local high schools, but any technical or community colleges are better. And don’t neglect the four year universities and colleges either. When my blogs became too much for me to handle, I posted an ad on the university job board and got over 20 resumes in the first 2 hours. Not only are young people eager to work, but they are also much more tech savvy and open to your ideas than others might be.
Check State and Federal Programs
I haven’t done this myself, but I know there are lots of state and federal programs that subsidize specific industries and small businesses. Check with your local chamber of commerce or other small business advisors to help you find ways to subsidize your expansion.
Offer More Benefits and Less Pay
One of the best ways to get someone to work for you if you can’t offer a lot of money, is to give them other things that they want. For example, let them work from home a few days a week. Or maybe you can let them work 30 hour work weeks so they can pick up their kids from school. It could be 7 weeks of vacation a year. You could even offer free services that your company offers, or maybe you can even find a barter network in your community that you can trade your products or services for and use as payment. Everyone has something non-monetary that is important to them. Find out what it is and offer it to them.
There are many ways to advertise and find talented employees that are much lower cost than others. Get creative with your methods and brainstorm your ideas with other entrepreneurs to come up with some ideas of your own.