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Any advice on how to be a successful employer?

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Hi, can anyone pass along good tips and advice re; How to be successful at being an employer?
I'm in a position where I have enough leads to employ a painter and a helper.

I'm dragging my heels a bit though as in the past I employed a couple of painters, one ended up with a crack cocaine habit and the other was ok.

I had a guy lined up a few weeks back, he called me the night before to confirm that we were still on for the next day and then didn't show up?

If I work on my own then there's less hasle, but of course less potential for earning more money.

I'm thinking that if I can get things off on a good footing, then the feeling would be a good one and success breeds success.

Where as if I get off to a bad start, then it becomes 'just another pain in the neck' I'll probably backtrack and end up working on my own again.

Please pass on your experiences and advice.

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You just need to increase your numbers and decrease your expectations. There are always great people out there but you have to sift through a lot to find what will work. You could get 50 applicants, call 20, invite 10 for an interview, 5 would show up, and you might get 1 or 2 decent options.

Also, be very blunt up front what you expect and let them know it will be on a probationary period. Try to weed them out by laying things out first, or qualify them, before wasting your time with an interview.
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