Is an Intern Right for Your Small Business?

 

Is an intern right for your small business?

Is an intern right for your small business?

Have you thought about adding an intern to your small busi­ness? I’ve been on both sides of the intern equa­tion, and there are def­i­nite ben­e­fits, but also some con­sid­er­a­tions to keep in mind.

Rea­sons to Bring On an Intern

  1. Moves you for­ward on a project
    Do you have a project that you just can’t get to or can’t fig­ure out? This is what got me started with an intern. I wanted to make new strides in my social media mar­ket­ing, and had hit a cou­ple of road­blocks. Hir­ing an intern brought my projects to the fore­front, and we tack­led the issues and crossed some impor­tant items off my to-do list.
  2. Helps you to get clear and cre­ate sys­tems
    There’s noth­ing like hav­ing to explain some­thing to another to force you to get clear on what you want and need. For ease of work­ing together, you and your intern will nat­u­rally cre­ate sys­tems. For exam­ple, if the intern is going to research social media con­tent for you, you’ll want to give her search guide­lines and then cre­ate an effi­cient way to review her work product.
  3. Gives you the expe­ri­ence of del­e­gat­ing
    Entre­pre­neurs are nat­ural “do-it-yourselfers” and often have trou­ble del­e­gat­ing because they can do it faster them­selves. There reaches a point, how­ever, when you can’t do it all and con­tinue to grow your busi­ness. If you’re one of those that has trou­ble del­e­gat­ing, hav­ing an intern will help you ease into that process, and it’s good prac­tice for you if you are con­sid­er­ing get­ting a VA. [Read more…]