Every business came from somewhere. Perhaps your business was born amidst greasy carburetors and worn out spark plugs in a dark and dusty corner of your garage. Mayhaps the seed germinated at what was once the dining room table which soon morphed into a make-shift desk, home to cables, computers and copies of DIY business guides while the kids were relegated to balancing supper on their laps in front of the TV. No matter why, where or when conception began, few feelings match the adrenaline, excitement, anticipation, fear and hope experienced by its creator. Given the dismal mortality rate of newborn businesses, the pride and indeed euphoria when your offspring succeeds in life is almost incomparable. As time progresses, this fledgling business will hopefully survive teething, growth spurts and the occasional tumble, and finally allow its creator the luxury of sleep-filled nights. Assuming the creator doesn’t give in to the temptation to kill it off in its teenage years, during which its pace of growth, willful resistance and impulsive experimentation often strains the creator’s wallet and sanity, this once fledgling business will (hopefully) emerge a strong, competent, successful and profitable enterprise, able to hold its own in the big bad world.
With April behind us the nation has officially, and perhaps begrudgingly, returned to work. Which is a good thing. Someone needs to pay for the extra security features required by the First Family. And thus it is that we find, oddly enough, a common ground shared by our government and business-owners alike: the desire for businesses to grow, make money, and put an end to the economic-woes that have been dogging us for far too long. While the First Wives eye out shopping sprees and luxury vehicles, and business-owners set their hearts on a sleek new set of wheels, they set the whip cracking to achieve their objectives. Lest we forget, however, the key to growing a successful business is the humble employee. Finding the right employee, appointing the right employee, and keeping the right employee: success in these areas often spells success for the growing business. And yet, in the course of our dealings with businesses, we have often come across instances where an employer has appointed staff without letters of appointment or Employment Contracts. Or they can’t find the employee’s written terms of employment when are asked to produce them.