Teen Workers as Support Staff for Startup. Good or Bad Idea?
As with all things in life, hiring teen workers as support staff for a startup has a certain polarity. One the one hand, you want and embrace the young, new, fresh ideas teens can bring to the table and on the other hand, you have to understand that you are working with a young adult who may not have matured as much as you would like. So, is hiring a teen as part of your support staff for your startup a good or bad idea?
The previous question is one that will totally depend upon the needs of your company. With these two sides of the coin you have to consider what would be best for your startup.
Hiring a teen can save you a ton of dough. Most are full of energy and are eager to please. This can be a win-win for you because you will be helping to instill a sense of responsibility and they will be learning skills they can utilize later in life.
Is your startup something the teen is really interested in? If not, then expect them to not do too much of anything. Teens generally gravitate to what interests them, so it is important to keep them busy and engaged, otherwise, you’ll spend your day wondering where they went.
Ultimately, hiring a teen is not a bad idea. You must do your homework and interview them thoroughly so you will know up front if they will be a good match for your startup.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: RICA ELYSEE
I recently left my career as a Development Executive for a national organization dedicated to educating African American men and their families about prostate cancer. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Women Studies. I’ve served as the Development guru implementing the unique strategy of listening to donors at the outset to develop Nurses Care for Haitian Children and the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter. I’m the Co-Founder and CEO of BeautyLynk, Owner of Boston Naturals and Editorial Director for Amour Creole Magazine. I’ve serviced clients such as the International Association for Human Values, Athletic Kids Association in San Diego, and Nurses Care for Haitian Children.