#Plumbers  - we know that growing your business comes with its own set of issues. When you hit the growth stage, what do you do? We've got you covered - check out our tips below. #HumansHelpHumans  

How to assemble the plumber's dream team

Every successful business owner reaches the point where they realize that for their business to keep growing, they need to hire out. Your plumbing business is no exception. But once you hit the point where it's clear you need to hire someone (or else keep working 60+ hour work weeks 'til the end of time), it can be difficult to know where to start. As with your customers, we at Hastings have your back. 

Assess your needs

A common mistake business owners make is assuming that the best thing to do is hire someone like them - in this case, another plumber to take on more of the work. That might help, but there's a good chance that what you actually need is someone to handle administrative duties, or help out with marketing, or answer your phones. 

If what you need isn't just "another you", then hiring someone else to help with the plumbing itself can wind up being a waste of time, effort, and money, along with not actually fixing the problem of you being overworked and stressed out. 

Outsource or keep in-house?

Once you've figured out what kind of help you need, the next step is to decide their status. Business owners tend to assume that the only option is hiring a full time employee, but that's not true. If nothing else, there's the option of hiring someone part-time, though that still comes with much of the same paperwork and hassle.

You can also: 

Hire a contractor - This requires a lot less paperwork than hiring an employee, but the line between "employee" and "contractor" can be very thin from the business POV, and if you're working with an independent contractor but they'd legally be considered an employee, you can face some hefty fines. 

For more on the difference between an employee and an independent contractor, check out this article from +Entrepreneur: http://bit.ly/R8YnQt ;

Outsource - This would be working with a customer service call center (like us!) instead of a receptionist, or hiring a marketing firm instead of a single person to do marketing. Many business owners think that this can cost more than they can afford, but the decision shouldn't be taken lightly - hiring a full-time employee is a large cost and also can change the status of your business tax-wise, too. 

Whichever way you decide to go, congratulations on your growing plumbing business! And good luck building your dream team. 
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