Don’t believe the hype, here is no such thing as free labor.
Intern not Indentured
Paid interns should get and give value to a business. Interns need structure, training, support, and be assigned tasks that will help your bottom line.
Quid Pro Quo
If you are bringing on an unpaid intern know the laws and regulations. The intern must get more out of the relationship than the business
Be detailed, give examples, and provide a timeline for a subcontracted project. If you leave your project vague you will pay in time, money, and frustration.
Know the Contractor Cost
Before you offload work you should know the range of skill set versus cost and the time it will take to do the job.
Read the Reviews
Use a third party service to contract your subcontractors. This will give you the ability to look at a subcontractor’s performance on other projects and a safety net if things go south.
Time to Hire?
Are there not enough hours in the day to get everything done, could your time be better spent on money-making tasks, do you have the funds to invest in your company? Then it is time to hire.
You may be tempted to start with a 1099 employee, know the regulations on what is considered a 1099 and what is not. The mistake will cost you more than back taxes.
Whether you are hiring a subcontractor or W2 employee you need to protect your company, customers, products, and intellectual property.
Aside from what the law requires you to provide for an employee, keeping employees productive and happy requires a work environment that offers more than just the 9 to 5 grind.