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4 Reasons Why Small Businesses Need to Use Background Checks

Background Checks are not just for Big Business. Read on for 4 Reasons Small Businesses Need them Too!

Many Small Business Owners think Background Checks are just for “the big boys”. Maybe it is because as a small business owner you mostly hire “people you know”, or you think that Background Checks are just “too expensive” for your Small Business.

Neither of these arguments are true.  Using Background Checks is actually a cost-effective and sound business strategy for any Small Business.

Here are 4 Reasons Why Background Checks and Small Business make Great Partners:

  • Small Businesses have a Limited Budget for Hiring and Training:

Most Small Businesses operate on a tight budget.  Your resources are split among the many costs associated with running your businesses - payroll, insurance, utilities, and more.

Wasting any of your funds on hiring and training the wrong candidate is bad business. Using a Background Check as part of the hiring process can help eliminate some of this waste.

A good Background Check will help you in two basic ways.  It will save you money and time.  Advertising costs will be reduced by eliminating the need to re-post a position due to making an initial “bad hire”.  You will also save the time it takes to train what turns out to be an unqualified or unsafe candidate.

  • The More “Intimate Setting” of a Small Business Requires Safer Hires:

Many times, Small Businesses have their employees “wear many hats”. Employees may have their hand in many aspects of the business.  That puts them in contact with more co-workers and customers.  It also gives them access to company funds and possibly sensitive company information.

A Background Check will give you, as a Small Business Owner, a tool to avoid a potential problem.  It will give you the knowledge that your new hire does not have a history of violent or abusive behavior.  It can also forewarn you of past incidents of embezzlement or other crimes that could jeopardize the stability of your company. 

  • Background Checks Help Small Businesses Avoid Litigation:

Businesses are increasingly being sued due to the behavior and actions of their employees.  There have been news stories on how employees have stalked a co-worker or stolen from a customer’s home. 

The fact is, each of your employees is an extension and representative of your company.  You need to make sure that how they interact with your customers and their co-workers is as safe as possible.  Background Checks can give you a “heads-up” to past behaviors that may put your company at risk.

  • Small Businesses Rely Heavily on their Reputation:

Your Small Business is built on a solid reputation.  Your customers rely on your honesty and integrity, and will keep doing business with you because of it.
Having unsafe employees can ruin that reputation.  If your company is not taking the time to hire wisely, customers will notice. 

If your reputation is ruined or tainted by the actions of your employees, it is hard to bounce back.   Small Businesses especially have to be vigilant in protecting the good reputation they have built. 

By using Background Checks, your Small Business can avoid many of these pitfalls.   Your Background Check company will work with you to develop the sound and cost-effective hiring program you need. (see my article on what to look for in a good Background Check company here).  Being forewarned is being forearmed, a good position for any Small Business!

Kimberly

Now you know.....Background Checks and Small Business make great partners! Find out for yourself and learn more about Background Checks and Small Business by visiting my website, www.accessprofiles.com, and my Facebook page.  Thanks!

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Mark Pettis June 10, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Great article! I think the reputation point is key. As a small business owner, I can tell you one wrong hire costs more than you'd think. I background screen all potential hires now. I use these guys: http://www.everifile.com/knowledge-base/small-business-background-check-best-practices. And honestly, it's been a life (and bank account) saver. Mark
Kimberly A. Kline July 10, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Mark, I apologize for not seeing your comment sooner. I am happy that you have found a company that works well with you to help you hire safely. As you have discovered, it does save you money and headaches in the long run to be proactive in your hiring process! Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment on my article! Kim Kline

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