So you think you have reached the point of your business where you can hire your first employee? Maybe you need an extra hand around the office or maybe you are looking to greatly expand. Whatever your reason, there are a few things you should know first.


1. Don’t Trust Your Instincts

Keep in mind that not everything is as it seems. Nearly 40% of resumes include flat out lies. Take your time and do the background checks and call references. It’s better to put in the effort now rather than finding out later down the line that your new employee is stealing from you.


2. Drug Test

It’s a touchy subject for a lot of employers. It’s also an upfront cost for hiring someone. But substance abuse is a real issue and hiring someone that isn’t going to be completely aware on the job will cost you way more in the long run. This does not apply to prescription medication.


3. Some Interview Questions Are Illegal

Do your research beforehand and know what topics are off limits. It's unlawful to ask about an applicant's age, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation or race. And then there are some questions that just shouldn’t be asked as well including whether someone plans on starting a family soon.


4. Set the Salary and Choose the Classification

This step forces you to really narrow down what this job will require and what the day to day will look like. It also makes you review your finances and determine what you can afford. It’s best to finish this process before interviewing people so you have a salary range in mind beforehand.


5. Paperwork

As with anything involving the government there is lots of paperwork to complete. Employers must keep detailed records of their employees. These will include:

-Employee's full name and social security number

-Mailing address

-Birth date

-Sex and occupation

-Time of day and day of the week when employee's workweek begins, hours worked each day, and total hours worked each workweek

-Basis on which employee's wages are paid (weekly, bi-monthly, and so on)

-Regular hourly pay rate

-Total daily or weekly "straight time" earnings for each workweek

-Total overtime earnings for each workweek

-All additions to or deductions taken from employee's wages

-Total wages paid each pay period

-Date of payment and the pay period covered by the each payment

You will also have to provide tax documentation for the employees W-2 and W-4 forms.


Workshop: Hiring Your First Employee



SCORE Austin

5524 Bee Cave Rd.

Westland Park

Austin, TX, 78746


Time: November 17, 2017, 11:00am


Have you evaluated the stage of your business? Are you ready to hire your first employee? Hiring your first employee is a major milestone, an investment and a risk all wrapped up in one! The key to a successful, snag-free hiring process requires understanding of the legalities, as well as a tried-and-true action plan. Lunch is provided.


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Hiring your first employee