Saturday, October 19, 2013

How to Take on Those First Staff

Most entrepreneurs can tell you exactly what it felt like when they had the capacity and financial clout to hire staff for the first time: it felt great. However, it's also a worrying time, not least as what has gone from usually a single self-employed tax return is now complicated as business accounts need to show staff wages as outgoings. If business isn't quite booming enough to hire someone to do the accounts specifically, now's the time to learn and sign up for online accounting. There's even free software available so it's not an expensive choice (unless the figures get entered incorrectly of course!).

Checking contacts are legal and suitable is important too. For example, zero hour contracts have received much bad press recently, yet for seasonal or flexible work they may be best suited to both the employer and employee. A decent contract will also help prevent any legal implications later on if problems arise. Get contracts properly written up and correctly signed.

Employee benefits need to be carefully assessed too. Decided in advance of drawing up the contracts, basic benefits can be supplemented with generous expenses allowances for travelling staff who have to work away frequently, or an extra day's holiday on an employee's birthday for example. Little perks such as these will attract and retain the best staff to a business, and when taking on those first few employees it's important to hire well.

Seeking flexible employees is also a wise idea. With so few employees to source skills from, the ability to multi-task will be a great benefit. When an emergency arises (and they will) it's absolutely priceless to have staff who can jump into the saddle at a moment's notice. This desired flexibility works best if it's mutual: you can't expect staff to work late and then moan if they ask to leave early one day. As long as the correct hours are getting put 'in the bank' allowing flexibility will strengthen morale.

Of course, before any of these points can be implemented the successful candidate needs to be found. Hosting those first interviews can be daunting, so it's worth a quick search online for tips and to be certain the most important questions aren't missed. And remember that with any small business personality counts just as much as skills, so remember to hire someone you like, not just someone who gets the job done.


Obtaining Nurse-Midwifery Degree

A certified nurse midwife (CNM) specializes in healthcare for women, from adolescence through menopause. This nursing specialty is perfect for students who are interested in women's health and want to make a difference in the daily lives of their patients. Students who complete their CNM training are eligible to test for additional certifications, and can find jobs in a variety of advanced medical fields. 

A nurse midwife is specifically trained to care for women throughout any health issues they may experience. Nurse midwives are trained to assist women with menarche and puberty issues, birth control, pregnancy and childbirth, and the changes that occur during menopause. These professionals are experts in every aspect of women's healthcare, bringing a unique perspective to the medical field. Some women find that they are able to visit a midwife for all their medical care, eliminating the need to visit an OB/GYN. 

To enter a nurse midwife program, you must hold an RN license and possess a BSN degree. These prerequisites help guarantee that you have the basic qualifications required to enter the program, as well as to complete the work and excel throughout the process. 

Students who are interested in obtaining their nurse-midwifery degree can opt to attend a brick and mortar school for their entire program. Another option is to work towards their degree through an online program, like the one offered by the University of Cincinnati at These programs allow students to work at their own pace, completing coursework in the evenings, on weekends, or at other times of day that are most convenient for them. 

Nurses who hold the necessary certifications and degrees and are interested in completing their CNM certification online should take the time to evaluate several online programs. There are many options available, and depending on your income and qualifications, you may be eligible for scholarships or financial aid. Take the time to examine your options thoroughly before making a decision, as you'll want to choose a nursing program that you're happy with long term. Working toward an advanced nursing degree takes a great deal of effort and commitment, so be sure to choose the program that's right for your personality, your schedule, and your budget.


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Work-At-Home Mom who quit years of corporate life to take care three kids full time. Fond of cooking, reading books and determined to master housekeeping. Created this blog to share about career, job, human resource, hobbies, sports and travel

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