It’s no secret that small business owners have to wear many different hats day in and day out to get the job done. From building your business, growing your audience, creating products and services and interacting with your customers, there’s no shortage of tasks to accomplish. 

You see, as your business grows and you begin to build a team to support your success you may find yourself in uncharted territory when it comes to hiring and managing employees. 

Here are 4 signs your small business might be ready to outsource your HR needs. 

Sign #1: You’re Too Busy for Your Own Good

Let’s be real, once you hire your first employees, things get crazy. On top of everything you’re already doing, managing employees, providing development resources and handling the administrative tasks that go along with having a bigger staff can be time-consuming. 

Now, hiring HR support relieves the burden of some of these tasks and ensures that employees have the resources they need to be happy and productive. 

Sign #2: You Think You’re in Over Your Head

Hiring employees isn’t as straightforward as it might seem. There’s a lot more to do than post a job description and interview candidates. The hiring process can get overwhelming fast, especially when you’re already so busy running your business you don’t have the time to learn these new skills. 

An HR expert already knows how to handle these tasks efficiently and effectively, so you can stay focused on your business.

Sign #3: You’re Pulling Current Team Members Away from Their Jobs

If you have a small team, it’s likely that everyone contributes to the most critical tasks … even if it means working outside of their job description. 

While it’s great to have a team that’s ready to support the business from the ground up, it can take away from your business’ progress toward fulfilling big-picture goals. An HR expert can keep your team focused on their jobs without getting sidetracked.

Sign #4: You’re Thinking About Growing Your Team in the Near Future

If your business is thriving and you’re ready to grow your team in the near term, it’s best to have HR resources in place before the hiring process begins. 

Bringing HR support into your business early helps ensure a smoother hiring and onboarding process, allowing you to focus your attention on hitting major goals. Plus, you’ll have the resources in place to provide new team members with the ongoing support they need to succeed.


If you’re busier than you can handle, in over your head with HR tasks, pulling your current team members away from their work or thinking about expanding your team, it’s time to invest in HR support for your small business. An HR expert handles the team management tasks, so you can keep your focus on growing your business. 

Barbara Mason is a career consultant that brings over 20 years Human Resources experience and has been in senior level roles for Fortune 500 companies. She is the owner and CEO of Career Pathways Consulting and her passion is helping career professionals stay, flow, or go in their career.

To learn more about working with her, visit www.careerpathwaysconsulting.com.

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