What To Consider When Deciding To Hire Your First Official Employees

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The decision to hire your first official employees is a big one. It’s one that shouldn’t be rushed into because you don’t want to end up having to keep hiring new people all the time, but it’s also something that you shouldn’t allow yourself to procrastinate on for too long because if you do, you’ll continue to struggle to manage everything on your own, and that’s not a good role to have when you’re trying to run a business.

As you probably know: delegation is absolutely one of the best things you can do for your business, and you need to build a team of support who you can count on to keep things ticking over when you need some time off, or just for the things that don’t fall within your zone of genius and take up too much of your time already.

However, as much as you know this, there’s quite a difference between outsourcing to freelancers and subcontractors, and hiring actual employees to be on the payroll.

When you hire employees, you have a responsibility, not only to make them aware of their job description, pay them, and provide them with the resources, training, support, and surroundings they need in order to actually do their job properly, but you also have to think of other things you’ll be responsible for.

You have a moral, professional, and legal obligation to ensure that your employees have a safe environment to work whilst employed with your company – this is especially true if you’re asking them to work in-house.

Places like Plansafe can advise on what employers need to be aware of in this respect, and are committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and are safe at their place of work.

Other things you’ll be responsible for, are taking care of your employees tax and other relevant deductions.

You’ll also be required to provide them with the legal amount of time off, for both holidays and sickness within the law.

Unlike a freelancer or sub-contractor, have a lot more direct responsibility when it comes to hiring staff to work for you.

Failure to comply with the law in any way regarding the employment of your staff could result in large fines and a lot of problems, so before committing to employing people, make sure you fully understand the law, your responsibilities, the expectations on both sides, and get everything, including employment contracts, checked over by an employment lawyer who can advise you on keeping on the right side of the law so as to avoid any accidental or unexpected issues.

If you feel like hiring is not something you’re ready for right now, then you can still build an amazing team of people to work for you, but they can remain as freelancers or consultants, which takes away a lot of the above issues and responsibilities.

Of course, as with anything, when you treat people good, show them you value and respect them, and they’ll likely do a great job for you, so it really doesn’t matter whether or not they work for you as an employee or a freelancer, it’s more about the shared vision you have for the future of your company, their role in its success, and how you treat each other that counts.

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Your First Server Room: Tips For A Smooth Set-Up

While cloud services can be very convenient for a small business’s storage and networking needs, they’ll only get you so far. More and more small businesses are deciding to set up their own in-house server rooms in order to get around various security and practical concerns. If you’re taking your first steps into the large and often complex world of dedicated server rooms, here’s a little advice for hitting it on the head.

With Server Racks, have a Plan and Stick to It

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Compared to a jumbled stack of It hardware in the corner of an office, a rack setup has a lot of advantages when setting up a server. However, if you set a server rack up improperly, or without taking the time to plan it out, then it’s going to be little more than a large and expensive shelving unit! To start with, you need to have a complete list of all the equipment you’re going to be mounting on the rack. This needs to include the servers themselves, network switches, an uninterruptable power supply, and any additional storage or security components. Setting up a server rack during the work day will only cause disruptions, so plan who’s going to be taking part in this after-hours work well in advance so you don’t screw up workflow too much.

Don’t Cheap-Out on Power

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Keeping power flowing to your servers is extremely important, and if this isn’t considered thoroughly you’ll only run yourself into all kinds of problems. Though it may be expensive, some offices can benefit from connecting their server room to a separate circuit breaker. This will save you from the kitchen microwave tripping up the servers, or any kind of routine changes or upgrades resulting in expensive downtime. Even if your office has brilliant power supplies, you’re going to need an uninterruptable power supply, as localised power failures can happen at a moment’s notice. This is the one sure place where you can’t scrimp, so limit your search to reputable vendors and brands like Riello UPS. While shopping around, make sure you’re referring back to the list you started with, and checking that the UPS you settle on has enough places to plug-in all the appliances on the server rack.

Lock Up

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A lot of business owners will switch over to a server room solution having had some kind of security breach through cloud solutions in the past. Having made the switch, they figure that they’re completely safe from any kind of security threats. This is totally false, and you need to make sure your server is protected from any damaging breaches. As soon as it’s operational, the server room should be strictly out of bounds to people outside of the IT department. Make sure that the door is closed and locked at all times, and put a password on the KVM console if at all possible. You can also make your servers a little more secure by installing IP cameras, which can be used to keep an eye on any equipment in the room.

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