How Creating A Free Poweful Support Team Can Help You In Your Business
Posted by Corey Kaster on April 1, 2010
As a small business owner, finding good help can be a challenge. Qualified candidates are more likely to be attracted to large companies than small businesses because of their high profile and better pay.
If you are very small or just getting started, you probably can’t afford to hire someone even part-time but, having office help would free you from the busywork and tasks that get in the way of the stuff that needs to get done to bring in the revenue.
One way that you can get good help is by creating your own free powerful support team by capitalizing on the power of academic internships.
Who Are They?
Most interns are college students (though there are some high school students looking for internships) who need more school credits for graduation, or simply want to get work experience. But some are past students or displaced workers who would like to either build skills and experience or try to break into a new field. Both of these groups can be a key asset to your business. And they are often open to working for little or no pay, so they are less costly than bringing on a regular employee.
Interns Can Help With Everyday Tasks
Most interns have little or no actual experience in their field, so they’re best suited to small tasks initially. But, don’t relegate them to the role of gopher. They’ll just need to work their way up to the more complicated tasks.
Interns can start out doing the busywork and paperwork you dislike Or maybe it’s the administrative and clerical work you may put off or ignore. Once they’ve mastered that, they can grow into tasks that are more complicated. The timing will depend on the intern’s skill level and your needs.
Here’s just a short list of what my interns do for me:
***They manage my email and answer my phones
***Keep my calendar organized and confirm my appointments
***Update my website and manage my social networking
***Help me publish my ezine and post articles to my blog
***Keep my database and email list updated and growing
***Develop processes for running my business smarter
Oh, yeah, and did I mention they do it for free? They need and want experience, skill building, and knowledge for the next stage of their career. I get help. They get another resume entry, everyone wins!
Interns Can Help With Short-Term Projects
If you have a short-term project that you need extra help on, or if your company gets seasonal boosts of business, having interns is a super way to acquire the support you need at a low or no cost. They are often willing to put in extra effort to get a good reference or letter of recommendation from you. And because you don’t have an employment agreement, they can stay on with you only as long as you need them.
Here are some projects an intern could help with:
***Preparing receipts and records for tax time
***Organizing a file cabinet or creating filing system
***Scanning important documents or photos
***Direct mail campaigns
***Moving or organizing your office
Interns are great for businesses, and small businesses, including solo-business owners, can benefit from hiring them. Whether you need a temporary extra hand around the office or someone to help with a small project, hiring an intern could be just the solution you’re looking for. It’s a cost-effective way to help others in your community get much-needed career experience and you get the help you need to stay focused on what’s most important in your business.
Deanna Maio , Business Coach & Consultant, teaches women business owners how to attract more clients, make more sales, stop wasting time, and create a business that acts as a vehicle for living the life they desire and deserve. For FREE tips on how to increase your income and client base in your business, visit http://www.savvygals.com/