People Who Work for You

Chances are if your business becomes successful, it will grow and, at some point, you may need some help on a temporary or permanent basis.

Having other people working for you can be a great blessing and a great burden. Good employees can be a business's biggest asset, but the legal issues and concerns that come with having others work for you can almost make it seem like more trouble than it's worth.

The key to success in getting and dealing with workers in your business is to treat them as an investment, because that's what they are. Every time you hire, train, pay, discipline, or terminate an employee or other kind of worker, you're making an investment in your business, just as you would in buying and maintaining an expensive piece of equipment.

But people are usually more complex than machines, so use the discussions in this module to help you negotiate the slippery slope of being a boss: