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Student Saturday: How to Set Up Human Resources in a New Business

Excerpt from Up! Course 3: Business Growth Plan, Module 3 – The Architect

Starting a new business is an exciting time, and it can be tempting to focus all your attention on the products or services you’ll offer. 

However, one critical component that you shouldn’t overlook is setting up human resources (HR) in your new business. 

Properly managing HR can help ensure that your business operates smoothly and can attract and retain talented employees. 

In this section, we’ll go over some key steps to help you set up HR in your new business.

Step 1: Develop an HR Plan

Before you begin hiring employees, it’s essential to have a plan for managing HR. This plan should include policies and procedures for hiring, onboarding, performance management, employee relations, and compliance. A comprehensive HR plan will help you stay organized and ensure that you’re meeting legal requirements.

Step 2: Create Job Descriptions

Job descriptions are essential for hiring the right employees. They should include job title, duties and responsibilities, required qualifications, and compensation. Job descriptions also help employees understand their roles and responsibilities and can be used for performance evaluations.

Step 3: Establish Employee Benefits

Offering employee benefits can help attract and retain talented employees. Benefits can include health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, and flexible scheduling. It’s essential to research your options and determine which benefits make the most sense for your business and employees.

Step 4: Develop an Employee Handbook

An employee handbook outlines the policies and procedures that employees are expected to follow. It should include information about company culture, benefits, time off, and other important policies. An employee handbook helps ensure that all employees are aware of your expectations and can help reduce confusion and misunderstandings.

Step 5: Ensure Compliance with Employment Laws

Employment laws can be complex and vary depending on your industry and location. It’s essential to ensure that your business is complying with all applicable laws, such as minimum wage requirements, overtime pay, anti-discrimination laws, and workplace safety regulations.

Step 6: Provide Training and Support

Payroll and recordkeeping systems (such as ADP) help ensure that employees are paid accurately and on time and that all employee records are properly maintained. There are many software options available that can help simplify this process, but it’s important to select a system that meets your needs and is easy to use.

Step 7: Train Managers and Employees

Properly training managers and employees can help ensure that HR policies are followed consistently. Managers should be trained on how to handle employee relations issues and performance evaluations. Employees should be trained on company policies and procedures, including safety protocols.


Setting up HR in a new business can be challenging, but it’s essential for the success of your business. By developing an HR plan, creating job descriptions, establishing employee benefits, developing an employee handbook, ensuring compliance with employment laws, implementing payroll and recordkeeping systems, and training managers and employees, you’ll be on your way to building a strong and successful HR program.

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John holds four degrees (law, hotel management, literature & computer science, and theater), two decades of technical education, and has 30 years of extensive work experience in the fields of real estate property valuation, mortgage finance, home sales, teaching, and military service. John is the founder and Broker-Owner of Coleman Tanner Realty 🏡 in Florida. As a writer, John has been self-publishing books since 2012. His latest nonfiction book, The Entrefluential Broker, is a DIY guide to launching your own real estate brokerage business. John’s forthcoming book, STR Conversions, will inform real estate investors of how to quadruple their rental income via his new “hotel hacking” strategy. He plans on taking his lessons to online and offline speaking stages to share his tactics with investors in the second half of 2022. To discuss speaking engagements and workshops, interested parties can send inquiries to In addition to writing, John has a love for filmmaking that began while studying theater at Miami-Dade College in 1994. John plans on overseeing the shooting of an in-house “reality tv” show for his real estate practice, Coleman Tanner Realty. 🎬 John also aspires to executive produce independent films that will be a hybrid of the film noir + murder mystery genre and something new, futuristic, and aesthetically appealing to modern day film enthusiasts (think, anime in real life meets Sherlock Holmes). He also enjoys romantic comedies and Hallmark dramas; he wrote a romantic novella, Faithfully, available on Amazon (under the pen name of Jack Morgan) - so stay tuned for romance films as well. When he’s not 🖥 online studying film production, AirBnB, real estate, online marketing, or watching movies and his favorite TV shows on Netflix or the tube 📺 for inspiration. 🎼 John also enjoys playing the guitar 🎸 and piano 🎹 in his free time.