Originally published: 13/09/2018 15:16
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How to Manage Interns Working for Your Small Business or Startup

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If you've watched some of my old videos you'll know that I'm a huge supporter of utilizing interns as a way to keep costs down while getting great work. But interns, especially the free ones which I primarily advocate the use of, can be tough and time consuming to manage if you don't create an internship program that meets everyone's needs. So, here are my tips for utilizing interns without wanting to pull your hair out.

Tip number one: Be very clear on the internship posting about what the expectations and duties are. It's hard enough to find good employees, and interns are even harder, so make sure that you're extremely clear in your job posting about what you expect the intern to already know before joining your team, what they'll be expected to do while working for you, and what you expect them to be able to learn throughout the process. If you say you want someone with social media experience, then anyone with a personal Facebook page is qualified, if you want someone who has experience with managing multiple company's social media profiles at once and generating unique content relevant to your industry you need to say that.

Tip number 2: Have a formal on-boarding process and weekly check-ins...

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