Tips For Small-Business Owners Who Want To Enlarge Their Company

Do you own your own business? Are you expanding in the next few years and are planning to add a lot of new faces to your list of employees? As the number of people who you employ starts to grow, there are a variety of things that you can do to help make the growth process go more smoothly. Here are a handful of ideas to get you started:

Start working on an employee orientation packet: When you have a small number of employees and you hire just one or two more, the existing employees can easily help the new ones with any questions that they might have. However, as you start to hire employees in groups, this can become more confusing for staff, old and new. The employees with seniority may no longer recognize the new hires that might need help, while the new employees won't know who to turn to. Start working on an employee orientation packet now that covers all the information a new employee might need. For example, you might have a page on logging into the company intranet or instructions on how to work the cranky coffeemaker in the break room. Even if you think you don't need them at this point in time, start handing them out as soon as possible. Not only will this help give your company a larger feel, you can get necessary feedback before you start handing these packets out to dozens of employees at a time.

Get customized ID badges: Many companies have ID cards that consist of little more than the employee's name, employee number and a photograph on a plain white background. While this may seem to do the job, it's not optimal. Without ID card personalization, it can be difficult for people to tell at a glance whether somebody else is wearing a badge from your company or from a different company entirely. On the other hand, with well-designed ID card personalization, everyone will be able to tell immediately whether the badge is from your company or not. This is especially important if any part of your business is home service-based. You don't want just anyone to be able to go to your clients' homes and claim to be your employees. In addition, hiring an ID card personalization expert to design your ID badges can make your company look much more professional.

Decide on assigned parking places: If you plan on moving from a small location with only a handful of parking places to a much larger facility that has hundreds, it may seem silly to worry about parking places right now. But you should start getting your employees ready for the move by beginning to implement assigned parking. Right now, you may only want to assign a parking spot for yourself and one or two managers. Start thinking now whether assigned parking will extend to all management and supervisory positions or just a portion of them. It may seem trivial right now, but you may be able to get extra work from people, which will help your company expand faster, with the promise of an assigned parking place at the new facility.