Somehow, we have become employers of TWO people.
This shocking development was what we needed – we wanted – needed – to build a team of Dean plus two – but even so, this is getting scary!
Scary and exciting!
Our second employee’s name also begins with C, so from now on I will call employee one C1 and employee two C2. Just chronologically, to be clear, there is no favouritism here.
We Need to Grow!
We were both very conscious that the only way to grow was to add numbers. The eventual plan being for Dean to be able to step back and come off the tools and into a more management role.
So, we need to build a team we can trust and who know each other and work well together.
Our first foray into the world of employment went unbelievably well – rather a non-event for everyone except us, if I’m honest. We managed to absorb the wage. The holidays, the sickness, the responsibility for another human being was a bit of an eye-opener, and I wrote about doing my own payroll and what I would say to someone wondering if payroll is easy to do here. C1 was on the whole an easy first employee – loyal, reliable and a decent chap. He was and still goes at a frustratingly slow pace sometimes, and that’s something we need to work on with him. But, generally all has gone well.
So now that we have two people on the books does that mean double challenges? Certainly the dynamic in the team has changed, without problems so far. Having two people working for and with him will push Dean closer to a management style, even if he doesn’t realise it.
And of course, it means finding three wages every month, not just two (Dean is on the company payroll, even though he is a director).
Employing people is not cheap. On top of their salary we also have to pay their taxes plus additional tax – just for the privilege of paying them. So an employee will always cost you more than their wage. That’s something I didn’t realise.
We considered at length just working with other self-employed people. In the end, it hasn’t worked for us – there are too few available around here and they are too expensive. We both feel that the only way for us to grow is to nurture our own talent in-house.
And so – we grow! With all the new challenges and opportunities that brings. Be careful what you wish for, they say, and we certainly wished for more!
Now we just need to make sure we have the work booked in to keep the three amigos busy!