For many reasons, one of the toughest decisions any entrepreneur will make is whether to employ someone to help them run their small business. Some can’t contemplate handing over control of their baby to someone else. Some don’t believe the costs involved will outweigh the benefits. And others don’t want anything to do with the additional paperwork involved not only in hiring someone but also insuring them and making sure the working environment is H&S compliant.
During all of the post-Budget chatter around improved export conditions and support to relieve rising energy bills, the changes to National Insurance Contributions (NIC) for business owners got hidden away a bit. However, the scheme referred to as Employee Allowance could make a big difference to many small businesses. To help you find out more, we've put together the following quick, no-nonsense guide.
At some point in the last year or so, most small business owners will've been given a fright at the sight of an employee happily puffing away on an e-cigarette while they're busy working. With e-cigarettes being such a new phenomenon, it can be difficult to know whether or not you are right to let employees smoke them while sat at their desk or in the cabin of their white van.
This week is National Apprenticeship Week, a time dedicated to raising awareness of apprenticeships among employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media. We thought we'd take this opportunity to tell you about what an apprenticeship is and discuss some of the benefits to your small business of hiring an apprentice.
Way back in July, we told you not to get too het up about pensions auto enrolment just yet. As we stated then, the earliest small businesses need to comply with auto enrolment regulations is now in 2015 (please check the Pensions Regulator for your exact staging date). With this date now around a year away, it would be a good idea to start making your preparations, if you haven't already.
Were you one of the many people dragging your feet back to the daily grind this morning after a long, relaxing festive break? If you commute via public transport, there is a good chance you will've spotted an article in the Metro about Massive Monday - the biggest day of the year for the recruitment industry as the New Year's resolution-inspired among us choose today to take the first steps towards that fresh start.
As a small business owner, you probably have a tight-knit team with a single-figure headcount where you know each employee's strengths and weaknesses in great detail. Therefore when the time comes to introduce someone new to the team, it can feel like a bit of a leap of faith. Will they get on with everyone else? Are they as good as they made out in the interview? Are they going to stick around long enough to warrant the training? These are all perfectly reasonable questions to ask.
It looks like E.ON was listening when we said that going green benefits everyone a few weeks ago.
The energy provider has announced a new toolkit to help small businesses just like you shave up to 40 per cent off your energy bills, report Business Green. The package looks to help small businesses to locate when and where they are using energy, and help them to reduce consumption where possible.