Best book to learn about hiring employees or consultants
July 13, 2011 9:31 AM Subscribe
Can you recommend a book and best practices as to how to hire independent consultants or part time employees?
posted by Wolfster to work & money (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I’ve been a freelance for a couple years, and there are times of the year when it gets insane in terms of the amount of work (mainly, last few months of the year). This year I’d like to be prepared and would like to be able to hire other independent consultants for small projects. I would also like to consider hiring a part-time assistant for ~ a few hours a week or even up to 20 hours a week during that time of the year at least.
Although I know my own area of industry (medical writing), I’m a complete moron in terms of my knowledge of other things such as accounting, required paperwork, hiring practices, etc.
I do plan to consult with my accountant and/or a lawyer before I actually take the steps and start contracting projects but I would rather start with a book that explains the details first rather than spending hours asking someone to define basic info. So my question: can someone could recommend a great book or resource for lay people that explains the basic issues about hiring someone. My plan is to understand most of the issues (such as what 1099 vs salaried vs corps-to-corps would mean for me, the person hiring) are and then have a few bulleted questions to ask from the accountant and/or lawyer. Thank you.
Tl;dr please recommend a book that explains in very basic terminology what each of these options are for hiring people (1099 vs corp-to-corps vs salaried), pros/cons, required paperwork (how much paperwork is required, associated costs), etc. Or if you know any other references or material that would be useful, please feel free to recommend that reference, too.
Also, if you have hired pple as a small business owner and are willing to allow me to memail you to ask about paperwork or what steps you took – this would be helpful, too.
I also just did a quick search on amazon and looked for one of my favorite types of books for this sort of stuff (Nolo), but I could not find a title that seemed to discuss this topic. But I usually like the terminology used/level of depth in Nolo if that is helpful.