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The Pitfalls of Going Solo: Why DIY Hiring Costs More Than You Think

In the world of hiring where choices can shape the destiny of your business, many take on the task alone, believing they can navigate the process without assistance.

But what if we told you there were hidden dangers and unexpected costs lurking in the shadows? 

No, this isn't a spooky tale, but it's a story worth listening to as the leaves start to fall and the days grow shorter.

Join us as we delve into the mysteries of the hiring process, shedding light on the lesser-known risks of going solo.

We'll explore the challenges faced by those who ventured down the path of DIY hiring and found it to be a trickier journey than anticipated.


The Challenges of DIY Hiring

Beneath this seemingly straightforward endeavor lie significant challenges that await those who choose the path of DIY hiring:

Reviewing Applications

Reviewing applications is a comprehensive and time-consuming process. It starts with advertising the position, collecting various application formats, and meticulously assessing qualifications and skills. 

Handling communication, scheduling interviews, and managing correspondence are also your responsibilities. Maintaining professionalism and ensuring a positive candidate experience is crucial. 

This workload can be significant, especially for small businesses or those without HR department support.

Interviewing Candidates

Conducting candidate interviews yourself involves several key tasks. 

You'll start by carefully selecting candidates based on their qualifications and fit for your organization from the applicant pool. Next, you'll coordinate and schedule interviews, craft relevant questions to assess skills and cultural alignment, and evaluate each candidate's performance. 

Effective communication, feedback, and extending offers also fall on your shoulders. This DIY interviewing process requires expertise in conducting interviews, strong organizational skills, and effective time management to ensure a smooth and professional hiring experience.

Vetting and Background Checks

When conducting vetting and background checks, it's crucial to verify candidate information like work history, education, and certifications by contacting previous employers and references. 

You should also perform background checks, including criminal and credit checks if necessary, to mitigate potential risks to your organization. Compliance with regional laws, privacy regulations, and candidate consent are also essential. 

While you can handle these tasks independently, many organizations choose professional background screening services for accuracy and efficiency. Vetting and background checks demand meticulous attention to detail and strong organizational skills to make informed hiring decisions while staying within legal boundaries.

Legal Compliance

When hiring employees independently, ensure legal compliance by addressing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws against discrimination. 

Adhere to labor laws governing aspects like minimum wage, overtime, and work eligibility verification. Conduct background checks in line with privacy laws and candidate consent. Ensure salary and benefits meet regulations and classify employees correctly as W-2 or 1099. 

Be mindful of employee rights, termination procedures, and workplace notice requirements. Staying informed and seeking legal advice when necessary is vital to avoid legal issues and protect your organization's reputation.

W-2 Employees vs. 1099 Contractors

The difference between hiring a W-2 employee and a 1099 contractor has notable financial implications. 

Hiring a W-2 employee means providing benefits and more control but higher costs, including payroll taxes and benefits. On the other hand, hiring a 1099 contractor initially appears more cost-effective as they handle their taxes and benefits.

Candidate Quality

When handling hiring by yourself, two significant concerns are the quality of candidates and finding the right ones. 

Crafting attractive job listings and effectively promoting them to a wide audience can be challenging. Identifying well-qualified candidates without a dedicated screening process can be tough, and assessing cultural fit and soft skills may also pose difficulties. 

Additionally, managing the entire hiring process alone can be time-consuming and may lead to rushed decisions or missed opportunities. To address these concerns, investing in a well-structured hiring process, utilizing online platforms, and seeking advice from mentors or industry associations can help you attract and select top-notch candidates more effectively.

Reference Checks

When conducting reference checks, you'll contact the candidate's provided references, typically past employers or colleagues, to gather insights into the candidate's work performance, skills, and interpersonal qualities. 

It's important to ask specific questions related to the candidate's job responsibilities and maintain professionalism throughout these conversations. 

Ensure the authenticity of the references, obtain consent from the candidate to contact them, and handle any sensitive information with care. Reference checks provide valuable information to help you make informed hiring decisions.


When onboarding new employees, your responsibilities include administrative tasks like paperwork and payroll setup, as well as welcoming them to the organization's culture and policies. 

You'll provide training, resources and introductions to ensure they're equipped for their roles. An effective onboarding process helps new hires feel welcome and sets the stage for their success within your organization.

Employee Benefits

The cost of employee benefits and a full-time salary varies widely based on factors like location, industry and specific benefits offered. 

Employee benefits can range from 20% to 30% — or more — of an employee's annual salary, including health insurance, retirement contributions and paid time off. And salary expenses vary based on the employee's role, experience, and geographic region. 

Researching competitive compensation in your industry and region is crucial. Also, consider legal requirements such as minimum wage and overtime to ensure compliance. 

Planning and budgeting carefully are essential due to the significant impact of labor costs on your finances when hiring full-time employees independently.


Effortless Hiring with BELAY

Do you have full-body chills yet? If that list didn’t do it, our Employee Burden Cost resource might do the trick.

But hiring doesn’t have to be scary. 

While you’re more than capable of hiring yourself, why not let someone else do it for you? With BELAY, we do all of that for you with specialists ready to go, often pairing people within one week. 

Take the stress out of hiring someone yourself, and let us help you find your next team member.

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