For Subscribers

Need a Hand?

Sure, employees would be nice. But what kind and what for?

By Nichole L. Torres

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

You're terribly busy. You're mailing the wrong stuff tothe wrong people, and you can't remember where you put yourcontract proposals. To say you need help is an understatement; butbefore you hire your first employee, make sure you have the basicsdown.

"Don't start hiring too soon," says Leonard Homer,an adjunct professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at theUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and founder ofsmall-business operational-support company Essential BusinessSolutions. "Don't do any hiring until you sit down andfigure out your milestones and your staffing plan."

Continue reading this article — and all of our other premium content with Entrepreneur+

For just $5, you can get unlimited access to all Entrepreneur’s premium content. You’ll find:

  • Digestible insight on how to be a better entrepreneur and leader
  • Lessons for starting and growing a business from our expert network of CEOs and founders
  • Meaningful content to help you make sharper decisions
  • Business and life hacks to help you stay ahead of the curve

Related Topics

Editor's Pick

The Dark Side of Pay Transparency — And What to Do If You Find Out You're Being Underpaid
Thinking of a Career Change? Here Are 4 Steps You Can Take to Get There.
A Founder Who Bootstrapped Her Jewelry Business With Just $1,000 Now Sees 7-Figure Revenue Because She Knew Something About Her Customers Nobody Else Did
Everything You Need to Know About Franchise Law
Starting a Business

90% of Online Businesses Fail in Just 4 Months. You Can Avoid the Same Fate By Using These Strategies.

It's not catastrophizing when we think about potential failure; it's in fact a chance for any business to precisely see any outcome and prepare in advance.


How to Bring Your Franchise to the Next Level With Marketing Automation

With the impacts of inflation and associated costs of running a business, automation is a powerful solution for streamlining a positive guest experience and overall marketing.

Business Ideas

55 Small Business Ideas To Start Right Now

To start one of these home-based businesses, you don't need a lot of funding -- just energy, passion and the drive to succeed.

Business News

You Can Now Book Unlimited Cruises With the New 'Ultimate Paradise Pass'

Guests will be able to take an unlimited amount of two-night cruises to the Bahamas out of Florida.