PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As VP of Consolidated Reinforcement, an engineering company, Travis Gilpin
understands that staffing up for small and growing businesses is a difficult endeavor. Gilpin has spent his entire career figuring out what makes a staff member worth his or her position, a promotion, and trust. But when it comes to expansion, it is important for entrepreneurs to ask themselves if hiring staff is the right move, according to a recent article
"Who you hire is just as important as why you hire," Travis Gilpin explains. "This is particularly difficult for small-town business owners who may be pressured into hiring local family and is stressed in the pay department."
According to the article, the first step for entrepreneurs is to determine the type of business they want to create. Big business is different than small business, but not every owner wants to make the jump until the company is ready for the expansion. Hiring, the article says, typically reduces an owner's own compensation and takes time away from other employees in the short game. New employees need interviewed, trained, and monitored for months before small business owners are likely to see increased revenue.
In terms of Web-based businesses and virtual storefronts, hiring is a lot more complicated. If an entrepreneur is manufacturing products to sell online, for instance, he or she can expand at will as long as orders are filled. However, if demand should ever decrease, extra employees will need to be dealt with. It is important for business owners to have control over back growth when and if the time comes; making long-time employees suffer due to new hires and infrequent pay bumps is not recommended. The article states that owners who detect permanent, long-term growth, on the other hand, are in the clear, though increasing overtime opportunities and adding a temporary position is always an option.
"Most every business depends on customer feedback about products and services," Travis Gilpin says. "When you're hiring new employees, you run the risk of diminished customer satisfaction until they are properly trained. Business owners should expect a few errors along the way, but should be comfortable enough to suffer from a little growth when the time is ripe for hiring."
The article agrees that businesses often need help during busy seasons, but urges business owners to investigate temp positions and outsourcing to fix transitory growth. If a company has IT needs, for instance, it should consider outsourcing local IT professionals to take care of networks and servers. In this fashion, businesses avoid having to give up office space for another employee and do not have to spend the time training a new hire. Instead, outsourcing companies do the job, the owner pays the bill, and that is that.
As a business grows, hiring systems are more difficult to handle. Large corporations have entire departments that focus on hiring new staff; is a business ready to implement orientation and management systems for new hires? Travis Gilpin recommends that small business owners should not get too excited about hiring; instead, they should step back and assess the situation.
, the vice president of Texas-based Consolidated Reinforcement, has seen his company grow to success. It was founded in 1976 and today is one of the country's largest post-tension and rebar companies. Gilpin understands that new hires are necessary for expansion, though over-expansion is always a threat for small businesses.