Whether you are self-employed and thinking of making the jump to a home office or you run a company and are thinking of allowing employees to telecommute, here are three types of people who should never work from home. So if you are one of them, or if you employ people who fit these molds, you might be better served by paying for a formal office space. The added costs just might save the company.

  1. Hyper-Social Individuals – If you need to constantly be talking to someone, interacting with people, or just be around others, then you probably should not work from home. It can be lonely without the daily water-cooler conversations and pointless meetings. Without a reason to leave the house, it can also lead to days without human contact, which can be hard for these types of people. Working from home isn’t worth going into a depression.

 

  1. Highly Distractible Individuals – If you have trouble staying on a task, you may not want to work from home. Being distractible is not, in and of itself, a bad thing. When controlled, it is simply multi-tasking. But if you need something to keep you focused on the job at hand, working from home might lead to your company failing. There will be endless distractions at home that will pull you away from work and

interviewing-tipsMost small business owners, even those whose businesses start as a single employee operation, will eventually need to interview potential candidates to help them run their business. And whether the person will be helping with day-to-day operations, manning a machine, or answering phones, finding the right employee can make or break a small business. Training new employees can be an expensive and time-consuming process, and unproductive employees can kill profits. So when hiring employees, it is crucial to find the best candidate for the job. Here are 5 tips when conducting an interview to help you find the right employee.

  1. Know What You Want – While this may seem obvious, if you are not crystal clear in your mind of what your new employee will do, or what you expect of the new hire, then you cannot possibly find the right candidate. Whether looking for a cashier or a CFO, be sure to outline the position, take stock of expected job functions, and analyze what you want from the employee in terms of experience, personality, and work ethic. Also, be sure your expectations meet the job you are filling and the salary you are paying.
  1. Be Consistent – If you are interviewing multiple candidates for the position (which you obviously should), be sure to ask them the same set of questions. While there will obviously