If you’re hoping to grow your small business or keep your larger business chugging along at the proper pace, then hiring the right employees is an essential part of that equation. Finding people that fit in with your core values and have a a great work ethic can be tricky at times, though. The good news is that we’re here with a few simple tips that will help choose your company’s future workers.

Utilize Your Own Network

While it’s great to reach outside your circle of associates and colleagues when you’re looking to hire for a position, you simply can’t deny the helpfulness and efficiency of utilizing your own network. In fact, some of the best employees are found by asking current employees for recommendations, since they can very likely vouch for the person’s work performance and general attitude. This can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run, especially since it’s likely a close friend or former associate of an existing employee already knows about some of the inner workings of your business.

Turn to LinkedIn for Proper Talent

Although many people simply see LinkedIn as yet another part of the never-ending social media world, it has proven itself to often go above and beyond that idea when it comes to employment possibilities. If we’re being totally honest, LinkedIn is more of an opportunity network than a social media platform. There, you can hunt down your next employee by searching through bios, skills, experience, and other such elements without the hassle of wading through hundreds of resumés. This can help you find the perfect employee without even leaving your desk.

Conduct a Background Check

The worst position a hiring manager can be put in: discovering criminal records, drug abuse, or similar activity in a person’s background after he or she has been hired. In some cases, this can even cause a threatening or uncomfortable situation for everyone in your company. Even if a person comes highly recommended by a friend or associate, running a background check will help prepare you for any questions or issues that might arise in the future. As the adage goes: it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Find a People Person

Yes, we know – the term “people person” has been overused for years. Many hiring managers even attach a negative connotation to the phrase whenever someone being interviewed uses it. That being said, this is exactly what you should be looking for in a potential employee. Finding someone who knows the proper software for their job or has the previous work history that you’re looking for is often easy to do, but the simple truth is that you can’t teach “people skills” (or at least, not very easily or efficiently). An employee who knows how to deal with people in a positive fashion will be a great addition to your business.

Decide Between Employee or Independent Contractor

Maybe the best solution for your business when searching for a new employee is to not hire an employee at all but to opt for an independent contractor. Many employers rely on these types of workers to grow their business. An independent contractor will often cost your company less in terms of payroll and benefits. Plus, if anything goes wrong or you realize he or she isn’t a good fit, it’s much easier to go your separate ways than it might be if you were to bring on a new employee.

Are you a hiring manager looking for the right employee for a specific position? NationSearch conducts background screening for businesses all across the country and can help you alleviate the stress of hiring someone new.