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Often when reading articles about common issues small business owners’ face, you see the advice to hire help. And while we absolutely agree that business owners’ often have too much on their plates, we feel that sometimes there just isn’t money to hire a full-time or part-time employee yet.

There are costs to be considered when hiring an employee. On top of the hourly wage, you have to factor in the cost of the increased payroll deductions (CPP, EI, and Workers’ Compensation) as well as any benefits or incentive bonuses you plan on offering. Also things like: where will the employee will sit when working there, will you need an additional computer or additional licenses for any software that will be used? These are just a few of the little things that have to be factored in to your cost analysis.

People when being employed want regular reliable work. They want to know what their next pay cheque is going to look like. The thought alone of having to make sure your income is steady enough to support making regular payroll payments can make a business owner breakout in a cold sweat. Sure, your income should increase when you have someone fully trained and you can focus your efforts somewhere more productive for you, but how long will that take? Add to that the complexity of knowing and following employment legislation for your region. And I could talk for hours about the issues small business owners have when hiring and firing individuals, but we’ll save that for another time.

What many don’t realize, is that it isn’t necessarily an “all or nothing” approach. You don’t have to choose between trying to afford a full-time employee or having no outside support! More and more, we are seeing small businesses turning to virtual administration or contractors for support until they are ready to add someone to their payroll.  Or maybe the small piece you are ready to pass off just isn’t enough to warrant trying to hire an employee to do it. That’s when it makes sense to start looking at contractors to provide the support you need.

We have experience in a number of different areas, supporting different businesses with different needs. Maybe you are a financial advisor or mortgage broker and you need someone to make phone calls and stay in touch with your book of business and schedule appointments. Maybe you are a property management company and you need someone to schedule your contract staff that does the repairs and cleaning of your suites. Maybe you need someone to get your books in order for your accountant so your accountant’s bill isn’t as expensive. Or, maybe you just need someone who will get you organized and keep you that way. 

I’m sure we’ve all been there at one point or another. You might be sitting there right now yanking your hair out as you read this, trying to sort out why Microsoft Word isn’t spell checking your document like it is supposed to be.

Disclaimer: Aeble Business Services is in no way tied to the company who creates this software and has NOT been paid for this blog post. This is intended to be a helpful hint for our clients and other small business owners who haven't discovered the value we can bring to their business.

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