Podcast: Getting Started Hiring Help, with Kelly McCants

21 Sep 2012


All images in this post from Kelly McCants, used with permission.

If you have a craft business that's growing a bit, you may be fantasizing about hiring some people to help you with all that work. But what does that really mean, hiring help? How hard is it to do, and what does becoming the boss of others mean for your day-to-day work? Does having employees help your business grow, or does it just add to your hassles?

Our guest this week is an excellent example of getting started hiring help. Kelly McCants runs two successful craft businesses, Modern June and Oilcloth Addict. They've grown fast, and before long, Kelly started bringing in a few crafty friends to help out here and there. That had both upsides and challenges, and Kelly discovered that, in order to run a smooth business operation, it was better to embrace her new role as a manager. She now employs between three and ten people, depending on the time of year, and has some great insights on what this is like, and how it's changed the way she thinks about her business.

Hire These Links:

• Check out Modern June, which also has a blog and an Etsy shop.

Oilcloth Addict has an Etsy shop and its own blog.

• On the social media front, you can find Kelly on Twitter, Modern June on Facebook, and Oilcloth Addict on Facebook.

• Kelly also mentioned the book she wrote, Sewing with Oilcloth.

• You might also enjoy Lisa Lam's take on hiring help, over at Craft Boom.

• Here's a very nice examination of the reasons why you might want to hire help (or not), over at Papernstitch.



Thank YOU for hosting that excellent post on hiring!

Thanks for linking to papernstitch! I'm listening to the podcast right now.