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When you run a small business, you often find yourself starting out alone. You’ll probably work from home and set your business up relatively independently. But as you begin to establish yourself and experience success and recognition, you will generally begin to expand. At some point or another, you’re going to have to accept help from others in order to help your business flourish. If you try to continue doing everything alone, your business will suffer. You can’t be a specialist in everything and you will eventually find yourself being caught up in administrative tasks that will keep the company afloat, rather than being able to focus on more progressive areas of operation that will help to bring your business forward. You may also burn yourself out, which isn’t good for anyone. But where do you start when it comes to becoming a boss and bringing in staff to work for your company? Well, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the different types of workers out there. Here are just a few.



An employee will take on a relatively permanent position within your company. You will provide them with contracted hours, contracted pay, and they will work for you in return. It’s important that you take the recruitment process seriously – make sure the individuals you employee are both competent and of good character. You will need to outline their job role and make sure that they are fit to fulfill it! Remember you will also have to provide other employee benefits, such as annual leave, sick leave and parental leave, as well as taking care of their health and safety in the workplace at all times. If you don’t have time to recruit yourself, you can always outsource this process to a recruitment agency.



If you only have short term work and don’t think you’ll be able to provide an employee with stable work for an extended period of time, you might want to engage with contractors. These are individuals who supply the materials and labour to complete a job on a temporary basis. They will act like an employee, but they will only work with you for a set period of time – then they will move on to work with someone else. If you want the benefit of contractors with lower levels of responsibility, you can engage with a company that deals with a Construction Industry Scheme. They will supply you with contractors and pay contractor CIS taxes on your behalf.



If you literally have a one-off job that needs to be completed – for example, you need a website created, an article written, or another single project – you can bring in a freelancer. This individual will complete the set task for a set fee and then move on to work with others. This is extremely convenient for both individuals involved.


Hopefully, highlighting the different types of workers available has helped you to determine which you might want to engage with and which will prove most beneficial for your business’ progression!

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Hrvoje Horvat

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