15 April 2013
Considering hiring extra staff? They don't have to be permanent or full-time. Would contract, agency, or freelance staff be better for your business?
So you’ve started your own business but you have more work than you can handle. Before you jump into hiring a full-time employee, it might be worth thinking about whether that is the best option for you and your business.
The traditional idea of staff is the full-time, permanent employee. But for some start-up businesses, this might be too much of a commitment. This option suits businesses with regular hours and a regular workload. For some businesses, having a team of part-time staff may work better than employing people to work full-time hours.
At Bizspace we offer a wide choice of workspace sizes, so your business can grow as your workforce does.
If you need extra help for a specific contract or for a busy period, hiring staff on fixed-term contracts may be the answer. Fixed-term contract employees have the same rights as permanent staff, but only for the length of the contract agreed when you take them on. This option suits seasonal businesses or companies which take on a large project, which requires more work than usual.
With our flexible agreements, here at Bizspace we can provide temporary office accommodation, should you need extra staff in the short term.
If you need flexibility and staff who will carry out work for you when you need it, you might want to consider employing zero hours contract staff. This means you have workers on call, ready to work for you when you need them to. But the lack of obligation works both ways. You do not have to give them work, but they also do not need to do the work if it does not suit them. This suits businesses with an unpredictable level of work who may need to call in staff to carry out work at short notice.
One popular option with start-up companies is using temporary staff from an agency. You only need to take staff on when you need them and can try people out without making a commitment to them as employees.
Contractors are also an option if you need extra help to complete a specific project or you need to bring in someone with a certain set of skills to help you with an area of work. These people are self-employed so you are buying their services rather than employing them.