How to Hire Interns, Freelancers, and Employees
When you're ready to hire help, you want to make sure you're protected.
It all depends on what kind of help you need. Here are a few options...
If you're hiring interns, you definitely want to structure your internship program so that it complies with federal law.
Otherwise, you can be forced to pay employee backpay and fines.
You also want a contract in place to make sure you spell out the work, timelines, and termination process.
Plus, you’ll want to make sure that you own the work created for your company and all your confidential information stays a secret.
2. Virtual Assistants
Virtual assistants can be a great resource. They can help you with emails, scheduling, content, social media, etc.
When you're handing over passwords and confidential information, you want to make sure this information stays secret.
A virtual assistant agreement means your confidential information stays a secret.
They won't be able to share any details about your company or project.
And they won't be able to create similar work for your competition.
A photographer, social media manager, graphic designer, website developer, or anyone that helps you with a specific project is a freelancer.
They typically have their own company and work on a single area.
When you’re hiring a freelancer, you’ll want a contract that spells out the exact project, payment, and timelines.
Again, you’ll want to make sure that you own the work created.
This is so important because the freelancer is actually the owner of all the work they create.
So if they create a logo or a blog post, you can’t protect it against copycats or use it without restriction.
That’s why you need a contract.
When it's time to hire employees, you'll want to review all the employment laws in your state and make sure that you’re following them closely.
You’ll also need a contract to spell out your hiring details.
You want to make sure that your employee is at-will and that you can terminate them for any reason.
It sounds harsh, but it can save you from a lawsuit.