A Complete Guide to Hiring Your First Employee

As a small business owner, hiring your first employee can be both exciting and daunting. You may be feeling overwhelmed with the HR tasks that come with the territory. However, with the right resources and guidance, you can make the process less intimidating and more manageable. In this post, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to hire your first employee, along with a useful First Employee Starter Kit that includes all the necessary HR materials in one place.

Step 1: Determine the Role and Responsibilities

Before you start the hiring process, you need to determine the role and responsibilities of the employee you want to hire. This includes defining the job title, job description, and required qualifications. You should also consider the salary range and any benefits you will offer.

Step 2: Advertise the Job

Once you’ve defined the role and responsibilities, it’s time to advertise the job. You can use job boards, social media, and your business network to attract potential candidates. Make sure your job listing is clear and concise, and includes information about the job, the company, and how to apply.

Step 3: Screen and Interview Candidates

After you receive applications, it’s time to screen and interview candidates. You can use a screening questionnaire to weed out candidates who don’t meet your requirements. Then, you can schedule interviews with the remaining candidates to get a better sense of their skills, experience, and personality.

Step 4: Offer the Job

Once you’ve found the right candidate, it’s time to offer them the job. Make sure to provide a detailed offer letter that outlines the job title, salary, benefits, and start date. You should also include any other relevant information, such as a probationary period or non-disclosure agreement.

First Employee Starter Kit

To make the process of hiring your first employee even easier, we’ve created a First Employee Starter Kit that includes all the necessary HR materials in one place.

  • Contract of employment ✔
  • Offer letter ✔
  • Right to work checklist ✔
  • New starter form ✔
  • Privacy notice (to cover that GDPR stuff!) ✔
  • Reference request form ✔
  • Onboarding/induction checklist ✔
  • Equipment receipt ✔
  • A free trial to Breathe HR software to help you manage everything in one place! ☁

With our all-in-one package, you’ll have confidence that you’ve got HR right the first time. No need to worry about hidden costs or complicated processes – our Starter Kit comes at one set price and provides all the necessary HR materials in one place.


Hiring your first employee may seem daunting, but with the right resources and guidance, it can be a smooth and rewarding process. By following the steps outlined above and utilizing our New Business Support package, you can confidently hire and onboard your first employee.

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