How Part-Time Employees Can Help Establish A Startup

Building your workforce for your startup business? The folks over at explain how to work with part-time employees.

Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off and it’s now time to hire help for your startup company’s expansion!


By now, you must have realized that hiring employees is not as straightforward as you hoped. There are several considerations to think about: budget, the job positions you need to fill in, employee policies, company culture, confidentiality, where to find the best candidates and the employment process.

It can be a lot of work, but remember that the extra helping hands will help you achieve your goals for your business more efficiently.

Now, the first question is: what kind of employees are you looking for? For startups with limited capital and working space, part-time employees may be the right fit for your needs.

Hiring part-time employees can be win-win for both your potential hire and your company. For about half of the salary of a full-time employee, you can have highly-skilled and experienced members in your team. For people who are looking for a source of income but cannot commit to full-time arrangements, this might just be what they’re looking for.

Have a clear job description of the function you want to fill. Design a detailed contract detailing employee policies and carefully list down your requirements for the position. Among the qualifications you are looking for, note which ones are the negotiables and the non-negotiables (honesty, integrity, skills, availability).


Check if you need the person to work during a specific time window per day or can you offer flexible work hours? If your office space is very limited, you might want to look into work from home agreements with your potential employee. In this case, consider part-time remote  workers or independent contractors.

One downside is that you have less control on the productivity of employees who are not physically present with you. However, with clear performance measures, such as requiring certain tangible output per day, you can minimize the risks associated with this set-up.


Remember that the distinction between full-time and part-time employees mainly lies in the number of hours you require the person to work in one week. Part-time employees should work a maximum of 20 hours per week, while full-time workers maintain a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Hiring part-time employees can definitely help you save on manpower costs, while your operations are still not that sizeable and if the work you require will not exceed 20 hours per week. The amount you save on compensation for one part-time employee can be used to hire another staff with a different expertise, contributing to more diverse skill set for your organization for the cost of hiring one full-time employee.

So are you ready to look for potential candidates? Just a reminder: Before you start, make sure that you are clear on the hiring and worker policies for your state or country to avoid trouble with governing agencies.

Hiring your first employee for your startup business is a big step. When done right, this will not only drive your organization to the right direction, but will also grow your people management and handling skills.

Gemma Reeves is a seasoned writer who enjoys creating helpful articles and interesting stories. She has worked with several clients across different industries such as advertising, online marketing, technology, healthcare, family matters, and more. She is also an aspiring entrepreneur who is engaged in assisting other aspiring entrepreneurs in finding the best office space for their business.

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