Small Business – When is the right time to hire?

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Okay, if you are reading this, that means you probably own or manage a small business in Toronto. Whether it’s a cafe, restaurant, bar or store, you most likely don’t run the business all by yourself! If you do, then you are most likely a very small or an online operation. It can be challenging to figure out when is the right time to hire new staff. There are many factors you need to consider before making the choice to add a new member to the team.

Keep reading to find out what they are!

1. Money

This is the most important element to consider. Check closely your financial situation. Do you have proper funds to hire staff and pay them an appropriate salary? Research what the minimum wage is in the area that you are in. For example in Toronto it is $14. The easiest way to find out is to use the online Self-Service Tool for Employer Standards to check your compliance with rules on minimal wage and standards for your potential employees. Then ensure you will be able to support that new employee with the number of hours you’d like them to work.

2. You've Reached Your Limit

You will know when it’s the right time to hire additional staff if you have reached your limit and you can’t handle any more work. When your business is growing rapidly, it’s important to invest in your company and ensure the resources and support exist to keep it growing.

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The rapid growth of business is one of the factors for right time to hire.

3. Your Employees Are Stretched Too Thin

If your employees come to you and tell you that they cannot handle their workload, or can not take on any additional work, then you first need to evaluate their work ethic and responsibilities. Ensure this employee is working to the best of their ability and then make the necessary hiring steps to support them.

4. Quality of Work is Suffering

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Be smart and plan ahead your hiring.
It is time to hire new staff when the work itself is starting to suffer. This could mean you need to make some replacements to the current staff or add support to ensure all ends are tied. The quality of your business is your reputation – it is important to protect this! We hope these tips were helpful when trying to decide when the best time to hire is as a small business!

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