I run a fairly young company. I have recently seen an explosion in business (much more than i can handle). I need to hire an editor but frankly have no experience in hiring, and I am turning to you all to give me advise about how to go about it. Perhaps you could describe some pitfalls or advise about the hiring process as well as general advise about managing a new employee in a small business. Thanks in advance for your wisdom.
First, do you have a second editing system? Do you plan to hire and buy a new system? Are there other freelance editors in your area that have systems and can pick up some of the easier work? Do you forsee this onslaught of work to continue, or is it possibly a temporary spike? Do you have any way to gauge this?
Kind of need mor info on what your plan might be and what you are up against.
In my experience, I've hired far to soon and too often.
Other than that, I would recommend hiring during steady growth...for an explosion you need subconractors. Explosions are intense...and big...and over quickly. Plus training and breaking in a new employee while your workload is exploding will sap more time from you than it will free up initially.
...then after the explosion, you're left with another mouth to feed...