5 Important Checks When Recruiting Staff

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Before hiring an employee, it’s worth carrying out a few pre employment checks. Such checks can help to provide evidence that a candidate is right for the role and that they’re not hiding any information from you. Below are 5 of the most important checks to consider when recruiting staff. 

Proof of citizenship/visa

It’s important that a candidate has legal documentation to prove that they can work in your country. If a candidate doesn’t have citizenship or a working visa and they are caught working for your company, the two of you could get into a lot of trouble. Ask all applicants to bring a passport/ visa documentation to the interview so that you can check it. You can also check a job applicant’s right to work online.

A criminal background check

You should check whether employees have a criminal background before hiring them. You can do this by applying for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. If a candidate has a criminal record, it is up to whether you hire them. Certain offences may be forgivable. Others may be less so – especially in certain roles (in jobs that involve working with kids, most employers take a zero tolerance approach to any criminal record).

Health screening

Health conditions may prevent some candidates from being able to carry out certain roles. A pre employment medical check can be worth carrying out to make sure that an applicant is fit to carry out the role. You don’t want to hire someone to take on a physically exertive role if they have major respiratory issues or a heart condition as they could end up killing themselves on the job. Make sure they have no health conditions that put them at high risk of an injury (this isn’t an excuse to discriminate against all health conditions – be realistic about the risk). 

Past employer references

References from past employers can be valuable. If a candidate claims to have experience working for a certain company, a reference can serve as proof to this claim. It can also show that the candidate left the company on good terms enough to receive a recommendation from the employer. A reference doesn’t have to just be from an employer – it could be from a high-ranking colleague or even a past client. Just make sure that it’s from someone credible.

Online behaviour

Many employers now like to research candidates online to determine just what type of person they are. There are a few red flags that are worth looking out for. Firstly, you should take great caution if an applicant seems to have no online presence at all – it could be a sign that they’re hiding their true identity. If the applicant has social media accounts, you should consider what type of content they’re posting here. Obviously, you don’t want to hire someone who is regularly going on racist rants or bad mouthing past employers. Ideally, there should be a semi-professional tone to their social media accounts and they should come across amicable. A strong social media following is a plus as it could show they’re an influencer.

 

Turning Your Love of Beauty Into a Business: 4 Parts To Ponder

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If you’ve spent so much time turning your spare room into a home office, you might have thought about how you can capitalise on this. If you have a love for all things beauty and fashion, and you’ve grown frustrated with your current job, or you are worried that the economy is going to result in redundancy for you, you may want to start thinking about what it takes to turn your love of beauty into a business. Also, if you don’t enjoy your job, now is the time to take control of your life. What does it take?

Look at Transferable Skills

Many people look at starting all over again as an opportunity to retrain. While in beauty, you can partake in aesthetics training and get relevant qualifications, you should not underestimate your transferable skills. If you are particularly good at doing your own makeup, is this something that you can transfer into another business venture? Some people need professional makeup artists, such as models or musicians, and when you start to gather some specific looks and styles, this is the best way to bring a portfolio together. It is so important to look at the transferable skills you already have, not just in terms of your love beauty, but also your skills learnt in other areas. 

Start Small, but Manageable

The important thing to remember when you are turning your love of beauty into a business is that you can overreach. It is important to learn that building up the business is about acquiring knowledge in a certain area, while also making sure that you are able to scale up the business in a manageable fashion. This is why it’s a good idea to start your business venture by doing something little, for example, a blog that incorporates affiliate marketing. When we start small, we have complete control over our product, and this is where we learn the most important lessons in running businesses. Because a business is not just about the product or the promotion, but it’s about the customer service. When we start to think about what customers need, we can have a solid grip on what our business should be, what it offers, and how we can promote ourselves.

It’s Who You Know!

Turning your love of beauty into a business is about making sure that you have the right clientele. You can be in a chicken and egg situation: making sure that you know that you’ve got the right customers or being 100% sure of your own image, but you need to be both. When it comes to bolstering your business, one of the most important ways to get yourself out there is to network. In terms of fashion and beauty, there are so many fashion and beauty bloggers out there, but also realising that you can network online, as well as in the real world. It is vital to learn how to network effectively, such as by demonstrating soft skills, but also not being pushy.

When people go to networking events, the truth of the matter is that everybody has a product to push, but this means you’ve got to come across as approachable without being pushy. Focus on building friendships first, and this works to help you find the people that will want to work with you but also it will help you find the people that you actually want to work with. Sometimes, we can scramble for customers and clients, but sometimes if they don’t align with our way of thinking, this can cause more problems than it’s worth.

Do Not Stand in the Way of Yourself

Running any form of business can be about finding the right time to make the leap from normal working life to unknown territory. It is usually ourselves that will stop us from taking a leap of faith. This usually involves doubt or some form of anxiety. And it’s a lot better to keep things as they are but we will never know what we can achieve if we do not make the leap. When the chance comes, we have to take it. And when it comes to doing something that you love and you have a passion for, you have to remember that you are the biggest obstacle. 

Sometimes we think that we’ve got to do sufficient preparation to take the leap, when we have a passion for something, turning this love of beauty and fashion into a business immediately translates to enthusiasm. Sometimes people picture themselves having more freedom, being more creative, and it’s important to pay the bills but it is just as important to turn something you love into a livelihood.

 

 

 

Business Focuses: Turning Negatives Into Positives

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When it comes to starting your own business, in those early days you can’t help but be full of positivity, passion and motivation to make it a success. This idea you had that you just couldn’t shift, that you finally took that leap of faith to create, is finally happening. So you are not even contemplating the fact that so many startups fail in their first year, and that if you are not careful your business could fail as well. 

While there is an element of truth to that, there is no point dwelling on the negative side of things. After all, you believe wholeheartedly in the product you supply or the service that your business offers, so there should be no reason why this isn’t going to work and be built upon to become the success you imagine it to be. However, there can be elements of the day to day running of your business, the things that can go wrong, that can be seen as negative. So with that in mind, here are some of the ways you can turn those negative things into positives and, in some cases, use them to your advantage.    

 

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Avoiding creating a business plan from day one

Were you one of those entrepreneurs that didn’t see the value in creating a business plan? You are not alone! But if you happen to have not done one in the past, who says you can’t start right now? Creating a business plan, or at the very least, setting some goals and intentions for your business can highlight areas that you may want to work on and also things that you can take action right now to help you to get where you need to be. It isn’t a negative when you start making some positive changes, and this could be the ideal way to help you get back on track. It can also prove useful if you do feel like you are at a bit of a crossroads with your business. We can all get to that stage where we are unsure of the direction to take and what we can do to help choose the right path. Setting some goals and thinking about the future could help you get there. 

 

The emotional strain on yourself 

One of the things we don’t really take into account is the emotional strain that running a business can have on you. Originally, starting your own business can seem like the ideal option to strike the right balance between work and home life. But often, in those early days it can be far from that. You put all of the hours in to get your business off the ground, and this can cause emotional strain and stress on your mental health and your relationships. However, the best advice would be to not focus on this as a negative thing. It can actually be a huge driving force to get your business where you want it to be, and to also help you to move the business along quickly. It can also work hand in hand with setting goals and intentions for your business. So you can take some time for yourself as well. 

 

Expanding too quickly 

Expansion is a key area of business growth, and one of the ways that you can determine the success, but often expanding too quickly can cause more problems than good things. It is often trying to find the right time to do these things so that you can build upon it. Expanding into a shop when you may not have found the right place or even have the right investment in place for it. Expanding your products or services without the necessary research to check whether there was a market for it. Many business owners have made these mistakes in the past, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Expansion is something that you can’t undo, but you can make the best of the situation. Ensure you focus hard on the marketing aspects of it, and try and thrive under the pressure, rather than worry about it. Things will work out in the end. 

 

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Losing decent members of staff 

There can be many different reasons why you lose decent staff members, and often you are never too sure of the reasons. It might be down to the workplace environment, and the leadership that you provide, or it could be that they find that they can get better benefits and workplace incentives elsewhere. If you are noticing a trend, then it may be time to start thinking about an exit interview and the questions that you can have. Websites and articles such as https://getsling.com/blog/exit-interview-questions/ have some great suggestions. This can give you some excellent insight into things and to also help you to make some great improvements to the workplace and to your business. The fact that this has happened can actually be a positive thing for you. 

 

The wrong sort of marketing focus 

Marketing is such an important aspect of your business, and these days it can be one of the easiest and best ways that you attract new customers into your business. But, having the wrong marketing focus can cost you. This is when you may want to think outside of the box from traditional methods and explore other options. The positive is that it gives you the push you needed to look at what else you can try. It might be that you really want to up the ante when it comes to your social media. Or you could look at the local community and focus on your advertising there. Many people want to support local businesses, so this could be an amazing focus to shift your marketing campaign towards.  

 

Not focusing hard enough on the digital aspect 

On the subject of the marketing side of things, we all know that the digital element of it can prove to be very useful when it comes to your business. So much is done online these days that you may want to focus more energy on how your output looks on your social media platforms. Are you consistent enough/ Is your content on point with your rband? These things can be changed quickly and can start to help you see improvement. 

 

The worry of investment 

One of the biggest worries that businesses have when it comes to moving forward is the worry of investment. Finding it at the beginning, but also the worry of reinvestment and how you can make it work for you and to make the business work. This isn’t always going to be an easy one to switch to a positive, but investment is a means to an end, and can get you to where you need to be. So it may be worth focusing on that aspect of it. 

 

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Not having the work and home life you imagined 

It is never going to be easy to start your own business. Some people have big plans and think that working for themselves is going to be an easy ride, but the truth is, it can be hard to overcome at times. Especially when you know you need to push through those early months and years. However, your own business can give you much more flexibility, and the way you work and how you use your time wisely can help you achieve the work and home life balance that you crave. Sometimes it can be about creating a routine, and understanding when you are at your most productive. 

 

Dealing with the undesirable side of things 

There will always be undesirable side of things when it comes to business, and dealing with them without it affecting your mental health and also your own work productivity can be a challenge. There may be bad review to contend with, issues with social media or your marketing plans and campaigns. Knowing when to move the business forward and to expand. But this is all positive news, because it often means that your business is doing well and you are on the right path. Embrace it!

 

Knowing what path to take

Sometimes knowing the path to take can be tricky, and when it comes to your own business you may not know one hundred percent the best options to take. However, this can be part and parcel of your business journey and can be very exciting. You will know thanks to research and spotting gaps in the market exactly what options to game when it comes to the path your business can take and also what gaps in the market there are. Having reassurance and trusting your instinct is all part of the process, and it can be one of the best avenues to explore when it comes to your business and growth. 

 

Let’s hope that these business focuses and suggestions can help you turn some of the negative aspects of running your business into something that is positive.

 

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