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There comes a time when every start-up entrepreneur just can't do it alone anymore. Is it time to find your first employee?

By Geoff Williams • Feb 2, 2011 Originally published Nov 11, 2002

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"Good luck," your boss said, clapping his hand on your shoulder. Then the big cheese was gone, and you looked down at your desk. And there it was. Your employee handbook.

If you've ever worked for another company, you probably remember it. You barely glanced at it, but if you had a question, there was your manual, ready to solve all your problems--from what to do with your 401(k) to where to park your car.

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