As a small business owner, you might think that an internship program isn’t something you should consider for your company. Why not? Many businesses, both big and small, can benefit from having an intern (or two) in the office. With summer around the corner, and graduations happening every weekend, here are five reasons to think about expanding your staff:
Gain New Perspective
It’s pretty safe to say that, no matter what industry you’re in, staying relevant is key. One way to do that is to foster invention in the workplace — and hiring someone who can bring fresh ideas and brand-new perspective to the table might just inspire something great. You don’t have to use every idea that pops up, of course, but the simple act of brainstorming is often enough to jump-start the creative process.
Launch a Career
For many students or recent graduates, getting the chance to work side-by-side with a business owner is a big deal, and a great way to start a career. At larger companies, hands-on experience can be rare, and access to the CEO or president is a long shot, so providing someone eager to learn with the opportunity to do just that is a powerful thing. Our advice? Don’t underestimate how your knowledge might be able to shape a career.
As a small business owner, most of the day-to-day tasks fall to you. When thinking about hiring an intern, ask yourself if there is there one particular area of your business where you wish you had a little bit of help. For instance, if you have a blog that you would love to update on a regular basis, hiring an intern with strong writing skills, who is interested in blogging, is a huge plus for you, your intern, and your blog.
Reach Qualified Employees
If you’re looking to expand your business in the near future, an intern who proves to be a perfect fit in the short-term for your company might turn into a valuable fulltime employee.
These are just a few reasons hiring an intern might work for your small business. But before you start your search, do your homework when it comes to payment options. The U.S. Department of Labor has a helpful factsheet about internship programs, and it’s a good place to start.
Do you think you’ll hire interns this year? Tell us in the comments section!