Questions, not barriers: taking on that first employee

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, and Bev Hurley, chief executive of YTKO, on the very big decision of making that first hire.

It may appear to be a daunting step with many uncertainties but there is a wealth of advice available for business owners.

First, go to this simple checklist on the Government website about the six things you must do. Other guides include Home Business Guide.

First-time employers can also refer to the ACAS website and their guide for new employers.

In addition, the Institute of Recruiters provides a booklet entitled Your First Employee – the essential 10 step guide.