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    I am going to piggy back this post to ask a question a hiring question.

    I am attempting to find an employee to do my job of inventory management, assembly, packaging, logistics and other warehouse duties. My initial idea was to hire a young strong laborer who I didn't have to pay much. I want someone young because I hope to keep them for a couple decades. I'm 45 and usually exhausted every day, though I have an idea that my exhaustion is from doing double duty of office and warehouse.

    I spoke with a friend who said I should consider hiring a more professional person (someone with a degree) and pay them more than I was planning paying a hire. This way they could transition to a part of my office work (talking to customers) easily and my input to the business would be minimal and revolve around marketing, advertising and such.

    Thought and opinions are appreciated.

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    That's a lot of duties for one person. People who can handle that much variety/multitasking are few and far between. I was that guy at one time.

    My initial idea was to hire a young strong laborer who I didn't have to pay much.
    Pay whatever the person is worth. Low wages can usually equal low quality. Fair wages with a good work environment will bring in a higher class of worker.

    I spoke with a friend who said I should consider hiring a more professional person (someone with a degree)
    I've worked with both degreed and non-degreed people and can't say I've noticed too much of a difference other than attitudes.

    Hire slow, fire fast. Don't settle for just anyone other than one who can handle the work and is a good fit for the company.
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    It is not as bad as it sounds. My accountant had me add up my average warehouse hours and it is only about 20 hours a week. I could keep them busy early on as we will be moving soon and I would want them to set up the shop to their liking. But the thought of paying someone 12-16 (our minimum wage is 7.25) an hour for 40 hours when they work 20 is kinda depressing. I've been trying to convince myself it is worth it for my physical and mental health. We offer a great work environment but no health insurance. Trying to find a part-time employee is as difficult as trying to find full time.

    I thought I might could locate a degreed person (draftsman / graphic artist / computer person) who could also have a side gig while working here, but everyone tells me that is a bad idea and the more I think about it I agree with them.

    "Hire slow, fire fast. Don't settle for just anyone other than one who can handle the work and is a good fit for the company." I appreciate that you said this because it is the mentality I've had going though this process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobjob View Post
    I could keep them busy early on as we will be moving soon and I would want them to set up the shop to their liking. But the thought of paying someone 12-16 (our minimum wage is 7.25) an hour for 40 hours when they work 20 is kinda depressing.
    Have you considered bringing on some complementary products that could bump the hours of the hire to 40/week?
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    Thats true, I do plan on working with the fabrication shop next door to make some complementary parts. Maybe I will not get 40 out of them in the first year. I am probably over thinking the issue - that's my MO.

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