If you have big ambitions for your mobile food business, eventually (perhaps even at start up) you’re going to have so much to do that you can’t do it all yourself. When that day comes, it’s time to hire your first employee.
Here are three tips to help you manage hiring the first of what will one day hopefully become many new employees in your mobile food empire:
You can’t just hire people, pay them with a wad of cash every two weeks and then lather, rinse, repeat. Start by learning everything you need to know about becoming an employer. The Small Business Administration outlines the steps you need to take and everything you need to consider, like getting an employer identification number (EIN), tax withholding, wage and tax reporting, employee eligibility verification, workers’ compensation insurance, quarterly federal taxes and record keeping requirements. There’s a lot to think about, but it’s manageable.
Now that you have the government’s blessing, it’s time to work on a hiring strategy.
When making your first official hires, it’s better to go with clearly defined roles. That means taking stock of the tasks that you need a hand with and creating a position in support of those needs. Are you going to be working in the kitchen or working directly with your customers? The answer to this question will help you to determine what type of skill set you are looking for in your first employee(s).
Mind you, a little flexibility doesn’t hurt and helping employees spread their wings can help you nurture your food truck talent.
Food Truck Business Culture
Another important factor to consider before making your first hire is your food truck’s culture.
What values, traditions and practices do you want to shape your company? Once you’ve figured out what kind of workplace and culture you want, the better your chances of finding someone who shares that vision.
Once you’ve determined what defines you as a workplace, look for hires that fit the bill. If your employees share your vision, they’re likelier to excel in their jobs and all stick around long enough to help you succeed.