Using an intern is a great way to get work done without paying someone to do it, but it’s important to know the limits so you don’t get yourself or your business into trouble. Almost any type of business can use an intern, even a small, work at home business can do this, but you must teach your intern your business or you won’t have another one. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider when you’re thinking about using an intern with your business.
An intern is someone that wants to learn the business, but can’t get a job because of the lack of experience. They need the experience in order to get the job of their dreams. While businesses want people with their degree and knowledge, the experience is a must. It’s almost impossible for them to get the experience which is why they consider an internship even though they don’t get paid. The experience they gain is priceless because they can get a job once the internship is over.
As the business owner, you must create a plan that you can follow no matter who your intern is or how many you have. You need to write out the tasks you want your intern to do and you need to make sure they are in line with their degree and what they need the outcome to be. When you have this plan in place you’ll be able to hire the right person and you’ll be able to get the work done and you’ll be able to help this person gain the experience they need to get the perfect job. It’s a win-win for both you as the business owner and them as the employee looking to gain more experience.
It’s important you have your intern do the right tasks so you don’t want them doing email management and data entry if they’re trying to gain experience in welding or being an electrician. You don’t want to teach your intern how to do bookkeeping tasks when they really need to learn how to do article marketing and blog submissions. This is why you need to be clear on the type of person you’re looking for and it’s also important you know what this person needs to gain the experience they’re looking for.
When you find the right person and you create a list of tasks for your business that this person needs to handle, you’ll see success with your business and your intern will have the same success. When you don’t do this it’ll be too late and you’ll run the risk of your intern not learning what is necessary for them to gain the experience they desire.