Wednesday, March 08, 2006

No-cost Employees

During the initial start up phase of your company, you may find yourself wishing you had more people, but simply don't have the money for it.

While you're first instinct may be to use slaves, there are other more legal alternatives :-)

I'd encourage you to look around at local (and not so local) Co-Op programs. Co-Op can provide you with free (or virtually free) employees. Most high schools have a Co-Op program, and while the quality isn't always great you have to remember that its free. Additionally, a large number of universities and colleges run Co-Op programs. While most of these positions are paid, there are the occasional person who doesn't manage to get a paid job who will instead take a volunteer position just for the work experience. What's even better is some program will pay the employees insurance if they are working in a volunteer position.

Keep in mind, that many of these programs operate on a semester basis, so if you think you could use some free employees in the next four months it might be good to go looking now.

A word of caution, keep in mind while these employees are "free" in terms of they don't directly cost you anything they will almost certainly take time away from other tasks while you (or one of your staff) trains them and brings them up to speed.

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