First Employee Role

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by JakeM, Jan 14, 2019 at 4:58 PM.

  1. JakeM

    JakeM UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I’m currently considering whether to take on my first employee, and am trying to calculate the roles and responsibilities I could offload to an employee.

    I’m an architectural designer based on a high street, but am considering a general employee, rather than someone with an architectural background.

    At the moment, I can think of the following jobs that I currently undertake (or wish to undertake), but would prefer to offload to focus on the core elements of my business.

    Cleaning external windows in the morning
    Quick vacuum every morning
    Marketing help
    Flyer drops
    Updating social media
    Updating the website
    Being the first point of contact for enquiries - finding out their requirements and setting up meetings etc.
    Writing blog posts

    But what other general roles and responsibilities would be good to add to this list? At present I’m not sure it’s enough for a full time role...
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2019 at 4:58 PM By: JakeM Member since: Jun 8, 2017
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  2. patientlady

    patientlady UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Hi JakeM
    May I say, (which might be just me of course), that if I were applying for what seems to be an administration position I would be wary about applying if I was expected to vacuum and clean the windows, my initial thought was that would you be asking me to clean the ladies and gents next, together with making the tea all day - just my two penneth ...
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2019 at 5:34 PM By: patientlady Member since: Aug 25, 2009
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  3. patientlady

    patientlady UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Sorry meant to say, that aside, could you perhaps take on someone, say 25/30 hours a week with a view to extending them. good luck p/l
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2019 at 5:38 PM By: patientlady Member since: Aug 25, 2009
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  4. STDFR33

    STDFR33 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    From the duties you've listed, it seems that you want someone that is professional and articulate that is happy to be a dogs body.

    You are going to struggling to find someone.
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2019 at 5:40 PM By: STDFR33 Member since: Aug 7, 2016
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  5. JakeM

    JakeM UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I understand your point. The windows all contain adverts, so it’s important these are fully visible and presentable at all times.

    The cleaning is little things in respect to having a pristine showroom for clients to see and would never extend to other cleaning jobs.

    Almost along the same lines as a car salesman running a dusting cloth over a car within the showroom building, or a kitchen designer dusting a kitchen showroom. It’s a little job I do every morning just to make the premises ready for the day - the role would never involve a full and deep clean, or cleaning other areas, but I’ll think carefully about how to write this!!
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2019 at 5:44 PM By: JakeM Member since: Jun 8, 2017
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  6. JakeM

    JakeM UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    @STDFR33 - I guess that all depends on the salary for the role. At the moment, I’m at the point where I’m turning down work due to a lack of time.

    The trouble is that I don’t wish to split my current whole role in half - I would prefer to split the responsibilities in this way and focus on my core work - rather than having to think about marketing and everything else a self employed business owner has to think about!

    The other option is to use various freelancers - copywriters, social media specialists etc, but I prefer the stability of having a physical presence in the office at all times, incase I need to pop out for surveys.

    I’m really not sure the direction to take.
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2019 at 5:52 PM By: JakeM Member since: Jun 8, 2017
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  7. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    @JakeM
    Cleaning external windows in the morning - get a window cleaner for this
    Quick vacuum every morning - get a cleaner for this
    Marketing help - what exactly does this mean?
    Flyer drops - there a people who can do this for you more cheaply than employing someone
    Updating social media - why? How does this help the business?
    Updating the website - update what?
    Being the first point of contact for enquiries - finding out their requirements and setting up meetings etc. - You can use a VA for this
    Writing blog posts - pay a copywriter to do this. But not sure why you think your even need to do this.

    The sort of people who have the skills to do all those jobs are very rare and will want paying accordingly. Rethink the benefits of doing all those things. Unless you can pinpoint the monetary value (ie: how much new business it has generated) they may no longer be necessary.
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2019 at 5:58 PM By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  8. JakeM

    JakeM UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    @fisicx The Windows and vacuuming aren’t enough to justify outsourcing. It’s probably 15 minutes to half an hour every morning - preparing everything for when clients arrive. It’s a job I currently do myself, but my time is more valuable performing my core work. If I can even save 2 hours a day, I ultimately can take on 10 hours more work over a week.

    My marketing is split between multiple channels, with social media being part of this. For things like flyer drops, it probably makes sense to have a large drop every so many months, but showcasing new work on social media and on my website is something which needs to be done often for SEO. I’m guessing I could outsource to a specific marketing agency, but I like to keep things in house where possible, and this has the added benefit of ensuring the premises are always open (even when I’m out on a survey).

    I’m starting to realise now though, that I don’t really have enough responsibilities to offload to an employee, that would make up a full working week for someone - so maybe part time or freelance is the way to go.
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2019 at 7:38 PM By: JakeM Member since: Jun 8, 2017
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  9. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    That's exactly what cleaners do. You set up a contract to do this every day along with emptying the bins, cleaning the loo and washing up the cups from yesterday.
    No it doesn't. This is complete myth. I've got site ranking for competitive keywords that I only update once in a blue moon. In any case, nothing you do on social media will make a difference to your ranking.

    Maybe if you do your surveys in the morning you can employ a part time receptionist.
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2019 at 8:08 PM By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  10. ecommerce84

    ecommerce84 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    You’ll often see cleaners in estate agents or banks after hours or early doors.

    It might be worth asking in any local branches to see who they use. They would certainly take care of the vacuuming and window cleaning for you.
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2019 at 9:39 PM By: ecommerce84 Member since: Feb 24, 2007
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  11. Noah

    Noah UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Agree that might be an obstacle, but on the other hand we have a rota with all site employees (including directors) for domestic duties including keeping kitchen & toilets clean; admittedly these are premises where only the staff use the facilities.
     
    Posted: Jan 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM By: Noah Member since: Sep 1, 2009
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