Good Help is Hard to Find

In a comment on the post Don’t Do This reader Jen mentioned that it’s very hard to find good employees.  This is an age-old problem and I don’t know of an easy solution.  One thing that does work is to look to your best customers. 

I have a friend who works part time for a local sewing retailer.  She’s retired, so her hours are flexible and she can always use a few extra dollars.  But the real reason she took the job is so that she can spend time talking to other people who share her interest in sewing.  She also gets to play with all the new "toys" when they come in and gets a discount on the things that she would be buying anyway.

As Jen pointed out, independent retailers need staff that can do more than just run the cash register.  A part-timer who uses your products regularly fills the bill.  Whatever you’re selling, you have customers who are interested in your products and might appreciate a chance to spend more time in your store.

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