I Just Hired 25+ People, Am I SUPER Crazy? Nah.. Just LUCKY!

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Oh my goodness, business boomed, needed more people, so my father in law says, "You gotta hire more people." Um ok, so I go about hiring people, I mean how hard could it be right?

Well freelance places are a JOKE.. No offence, but how the heck am I suppose to hire 25 people quickly, with no frills?

I brainstormed, and brainstormed. I decided I needed a few people to work per project, a few per hour and a few for commissions.

I created a nice little employee zone, similar to a membership site, set up some directions, what was expected, how much was to be earned, when payment times where. I included check in activities, rules and regulations ect.

Funneled everyone through the employee setup, and now I have 25+ active hires.

I am very smitten with myself right now, production just doubled, and best of all. I'm just finishing up tweaks ect.

As far as where did I locate these employees? I am lucky to have a great friend who had a private list of said people.

I'm actually pretty surprised how well this worked out.
Total time, less then 24 hours!
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  • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
    I am very smitten with myself right now
    Thanks for letting us know.
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    • Profile picture of the author momtraders
      Originally Posted by RogueOne View Post

      Thanks for letting us know.
      Oh come on, I am on a high, I'm super stoked! I don't mean for it to come across braggy, I'm simply excited.
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      • Profile picture of the author datingworld
        Originally Posted by momtraders View Post

        Oh come on, I am on a high, I'm super stoked! I don't mean for it to come across braggy, I'm simply excited.
        we are all free to express out excitement when we are excited. I do the same

        congratulations on setting up a good business. Good Luck
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        • Profile picture of the author TS Glickman
          Are these people your employees? Or, are they independent contractors?
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          • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
            Originally Posted by dreamlife789 View Post

            Are these people your employees? Or, are they independent contractors?
            Are they real at all? Or are they a figment of imagination? LOL
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            • Profile picture of the author TS Glickman
              Originally Posted by PerformanceMan View Post

              Are they real at all? Or are they a figment of imagination? LOL
              Hi PerformanceMan,

              There is a difference between employees and independent contractors.
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              • Profile picture of the author Steve B
                Mom,

                For those folks that you pay on commission, it almost sounds as though they are screened "affiliates."

                Is that the case? When you are figuring out whom to "hire," what are your screening criteria?

                Congratulations on your breakthrough . . .

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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Sounds like you must really be making good money if you had to hire 25 people all at once.
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    • Profile picture of the author momtraders
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      Sounds like you must really be making good money if you had to hire 25 people all at once.
      I'm lucky because many of them are working for commisions and per job, so no upfront money is needed...

      Not super rich, just trying to work smarter
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      • Profile picture of the author janicej
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        I'm curious about the screening process. I've been thinking of hiring a few people too - a lot less than 25 though - but it's really hard to come to terms with whether or not i can trust someone to do the job properly.

        I suppose eventually there's no choice but to wait and see, but I'm assuming that some measure of assurance is still needed.
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        • Profile picture of the author momtraders
          Originally Posted by janicej View Post

          I'm curious about the screening process. I've been thinking of hiring a few people too - a lot less than 25 though - but it's really hard to come to terms with whether or not i can trust someone to do the job properly.

          I suppose eventually there's no choice but to wait and see, but I'm assuming that some measure of assurance is still needed.
          The screening process was already done for me, it was a private list of specific workers that my friend had access to. So, it just came down to putting my offer out. I was NOT expecting the response I got. It took me by surprise.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Grossman
        Originally Posted by momtraders View Post

        I'm lucky because many of them are working for commisions and per job, so no upfront money is needed...

        Not super rich, just trying to work smarter
        It would be smart for you to take care with your words at this point. You keep throwing around "employee", but you can't hire an employee that's only paid commissions and per job. Employees have to be guaranteed minimum wage, you have to pay their payroll taxes, you have to withhold their income taxes, you have to file their W2s, and follow all the rest of your state's labor laws.

        If you want to hire contractors, you can't treat them as employees. You can't direct how they work, when they work, the method of their work, the tools of their work. You're very limited in how much control you exert over them, or they become employees and have to be paid as such. The distinction is made by looking at how you treat them, not what you call them. Calling instructions for contractors an "employee zone" sounds dangerous.

        Should you handle these people as employees while paying them as contractors, and one of them notifies your state labor board and the IRS, you will instantly be on the hook for unpaid wages and back taxes to both. In some states, the penalties for having unpaid wages are very steep (multiples of the wages owed); it's not a situation you want to be in. Even worse if any of them are out-of-country and you're employing them without the right work visas.

        Just a word of caution! This is what employment lawyers are for.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I am a former marketing manager and recruiter so I have extensive experience with recruiting people. I used to hire big numbers at once sometimes and the process isn't much different to hiring individuals. As long as you're in control and know what you want, you'll eventually succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fullofsurprises
    Does it mean that you will now be posting a WSO on how to grow your business quickly? Sorry for being sarcastic ;-)
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    • Profile picture of the author momtraders
      Originally Posted by Fullofsurprises View Post

      Does it mean that you will now be posting a WSO on how to grow your business quickly? Sorry for being sarcastic ;-)
      LOL, no, I'm actually just really happy at how well everything has gone thus far. Plus I really didn't do anything ground breaking that I would make people pay me for.
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  • Profile picture of the author BamIPD
    Do you employ 50 people now? You said production doubled so I'm guessing you're running a large operation if 25 people doubled your production, no?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Houck
    congratulations! I hope your business keeps moving forward
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    That was a very creative way to set up an "employee zone" to quickly and efficiently fill the slots. Letting everyone know upfront what you expected and what they got out of it no doubt helped weed out some that were not a good fit. If you get some great workers your friend gave you GOLD.
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  • Profile picture of the author JonBird
    Hi Momtrader... First, congratulations on your success. Always feels great when things go way better than you thought they would. Also, curious about the "employee zone" Is that a backend membership website you just threw up and if so... what did you use? Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author momtraders
      Originally Posted by JonBird View Post

      Hi Momtrader... First, congratulations on your success. Always feels great when things go way better than you thought they would. Also, curious about the "employee zone" Is that a backend membership website you just threw up and if so... what did you use? Thanks.
      Thanks JonBird,

      Yes it is a backend membership site. Several years ago I ran a membership site using amember. I learned the in's and outs of amember and found it so useful that for any of my large business sites, I always use it for any backend signups. The entire setup consists of a few pages of information and follow through info. It is working like a real charm right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author JonBird
    Thanks Momtrader for the update. Appreciate the information and congrats. once again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charanjit
    congrats to your success, wish you all the best, just keep working away at it and sooner or later it gets better.
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  • Profile picture of the author momtraders
    I used the word employee zone only to highlight the zone's purpose here on this thread. As far as employee, vs contractor. I am well versed on such legal matters.
    Thank you for your concern.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony La Rocca
    Great to see you taking action and cashing in from your success!

    Originally Posted by momtraders View Post

    Oh my goodness, business boomed, needed more people, so my father in law says, "You gotta hire more people." Um ok, so I go about hiring people, I mean how hard could it be right?

    Well freelance places are a JOKE.. No offence, but how the heck am I suppose to hire 25 people quickly, with no frills?

    I brainstormed, and brainstormed. I decided I needed a few people to work per project, a few per hour and a few for commissions.

    I created a nice little employee zone, similar to a membership site, set up some directions, what was expected, how much was to be earned, when payment times where. I included check in activities, rules and regulations ect.

    Funneled everyone through the employee setup, and now I have 25+ active hires.

    I am very smitten with myself right now, production just doubled, and best of all. I'm just finishing up tweaks ect.

    As far as where did I locate these employees? I am lucky to have a great friend who had a private list of said people.

    I'm actually pretty surprised how well this worked out.
    Total time, less then 24 hours!
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  • Profile picture of the author twentytwo
    Hey, I am glad you are bragging!! haha good job and keep it up!! If this doesn't motivated you then what else will?! ;]
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