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Did you ever imagine your one-person show would need to add cast members? It’s something you should be proud of, especially since small businesses create jobs for more than 59 million people in the U.S.

Now that you’re ready to add an employee or two, make sure you do it the right way!

Read our short guide on how to hire someone for your small business. It takes just a minute and could make the hiring process go more smoothly.

Do Your Due Diligence

The first item on your hiring process checklist has nothing to do with posting ads or holding interviews. Your first task is research!

Think about the role you’re trying to fill. Find job descriptions of similar roles so that you get a good grasp of the skills needed for the role. Pay attention to job titles and keywords candidates in your field search for online.

Determine the compensation you’ll offer by comparing salaries for similar jobs. Decide what duties you’ll give to your new employee. 

Now, you can create your job posting.

The Ideal Job Ad

Make sure you create a post designed to attract your ideal candidate. It’s not enough to pull a few buzzwords together and slap a job title on the posting. Candidates don’t search buzzwords and you want your job title to rank high when candidates do their searches.

Just like you won’t search for best of breed (yes, it’s out there) or synergy (another one), candidates aren’t searching words like guru or genius.

Create a clear and concise job title paired with a meaningful job description. Don’t make them guess! That means writing the job description so that candidates get a good idea of the responsibilities and requirements of the role.

Keep Things Legal

Don’t skip this hiring step as it could cost you and your new employee not only money but your working relationship.

If you’ve never hired an employee, you’ll need an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Apply for your EIN on the IRS website. You’ll also need to register with your state’s department of labor. 

Fill out the paperwork needed to withhold federal taxes from your new employee’s paycheck. Speaking of paychecks, the experts at PayStubCreator recommend using an online check stub system for both you and your employee’s convenience.

Put together a new employee welcome packet and include Form I-9 and Form W-4. The I-9 verifies eligibility to work in the U.S., and the W-4 ensures you withhold the correct amount of tax from their wages.

Now You Know How to Hire Someone

Congratulations! You’ve worked through a few of the most critical pieces to prepare for hiring a new employee for your small business.

Now that you know how to hire someone, you’ll want to learn as much as possible about maximizing the benefits of working with a team.

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