Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hiring Help for your eBay Business

eBay businesses require a lot of work and time. Not only do sellers work many long days and work on many tedious tasks, but they also have to perform physical labor. Hiring a helper can relieve some of these tasks and free up time. A lot of eBay sellers turn to their family and friends when they’re looking for a helper because they don’t know where else to turn or how to go about choosing someone. Hiring family and friends can be a good thing, but eBay sellers should be cautious when considering it. Many relationships have been ruined because people that were friends tried to work together too. Having coffee or shopping with someone is far different from working with them on a daily or even weekly basis. Plus, many people have found that their friend or family member didn’t have the work ethic they were looking for. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering hiring a family member or friend.

When hiring a helper, it’s very important that the person believes in what you’re doing. You may never be able to find someone as passionate as you are, but it’s not too much to ask for them to support it. If the person you’re considering isn’t enthusiastic and interested, it can lead to conflict.
Make sure to be objective when considering your friend or family member’s qualifications. It is very difficult and messy to fire someone you are close to. If you feel that they are a good match, it can be a good idea to have the person work on a particular task for a certain amount of time to determine if they are truly a good fit.

If you’re considering working with a member of your family, take into account any impact that it will make on your family’s finances. Bringing your spouse on board can be great, but if it involves them quitting their job it’s important to consider all the implications, such as losing insurance benefits and tax deductions.

Pay is also an important consideration when hiring relatives or friends. Make sure you pay a fair and reasonable amount – not only is it the right thing to do, but it can also help prevent them from resenting you and the success you have achieved.

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