Do you always seem to have more tasks than time to complete them, but there just isn’t any money to hire help? There are some free and subsidized alternatives out there to get you the help you need.
One good source is to find interns to help. If you have a community college in your area that has an Office Administration program (especially if they offer an Associate’s Degree), they often require students to perform an internship. Contact them to find out how to become a preceptor site for their students. The good thing about this alternative is that they usually have a fair bit of training before they get to you, so can be set to help with more complex tasks with relatively little training.
Another alternative is to become a site for a community jobs program in your area. These are usually persons in a welfare to work program that helps them gain job skills so that they can eventually get a paid job. The downside here is that they require much more training on your part. However, they can sometimes work for you for as long as a year, so would have less turnover than you would with community college interns. Call some of the social service agencies in your town to find out if there is such a program in your area.
For a subsidized alternative, check with your local university or community college to find some work study students. Much of their pay is subsidized, so it’s a low cost alternative to hiring a regular employee. The downside here is that they tend to take off when school is not in session, and you tend to get turnover from semester to semester.
Whatever alternative you can find, an extra pair of hands can certainly be a help around the office.
Who knows of any other ways to get free/subsidized help for your office tasks? Leave a comment and let us know!