After running your small business for a few years, you’re ready to expand. You have the budget to hire new employees, and you need to decide which team members will be the most valuable for you. As you decide between a receptionist, more human resources members, and another manufacturer, don’t worry about hiring the following professionals full-time. Instead, it’s best to work with them on a case-by-case basis.
Professional witnesses are invaluable when you are involved in a court case. They do not provide testimony specific to your case, but rather give in-depth knowledge about relevant subjects. For example, if you are an accountant, a banking expert witness could testify on the relationship between lenders and recipients of loans, the way that banks operate, and the standards of conduct within the financial industry. While these witnesses are crucial to a strong defense, most are not available for full-time hire, and you only need their help as you prepare for a court case.
Unless you regularly run into legal troubles in your line of work, you probably don’t need a full-time lawyer yet. It’s good to have a working relationship with a few who you can call to ask quick questions. Otherwise, though, save your full-time hire for when you have multiple locations and frequent complicated legal questions.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for everyone, but certain people have had particularly traumatizing experiences. Many offices and schools are now exploring options for in-house counseling. Consider hiring a counselor to conduct mental health training, and make sure that your insurance company covers therapy. Otherwise, unless you work in an area such as social services, you probably don’t need a full-time counselor.
As you decide who to hire during your expansion, leave room in your budget to contract with these professionals.