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Posted March 30, 2015
| Updated May 23, 2022

How To Find Motivated Employees for Your Small Business

When you first start a business, you may not need to hire, But as you grow, you start looking for people to help you take your business to the next level. But where can you find the right motivated people? Sure, you can post your job on a job board, Craigslist, or career site, but you can’t always know that you’re getting quality applicants.

So where DO you find the right people?


The people you do business with, your existing employees, and your friends and family are a great place to start your quest for a motivated employee. There’s a reason why referrals account for 40% of all hires. The people others send to you tend to be more self-starters and enthusiastic workers.

Offline Networking

A fantastic way to find your next hire is through local networking events. Because you get to spend time interacting with people before you even consider them for an open position, you get to see them for who they are. Do they show up early for every meeting? Are they an active participant in the group, going above and beyond to help guests? Do you hear great things about them from other members?

Whether any of the people you meet in your networking are looking for a job or not, you can also use the group to get referrals for possible job candidates for your company. These are people you will come to trust over time, and you can trust the people they refer to you.

Online Networking

Your networking to find a motivated employee isn’t limited to your geographic area. If you use social media for your business, you already have a built-in network of people who may be able to point you to your next employee.

LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for hiring; browse the profiles of people you know and see if any of them have the skills you’re looking for. You can also put the word out that you’re hiring through your various profiles.


Another time-saving way to find motivated employees is by using a headhunter or an outside staffing agency that’s tapped into your industry and can quickly find the best talent. At CorpNet, before we bring potential candidates for interviews, we first do video interviews to get a first impression and save time on in-person interviews.

An Employee Referral Program

I mentioned that employees can be great referrers of future hires. You can ensure that they send you the best of the best by setting up an official employee referral program. Whenever you hire someone that an employee has referred, you can offer them a monetary bonus. What more inspiration than to help you find your next hire?

Having the right people on your team is critical for the success of your company. Spend plenty of time on the process to ensure you find the people you need.

<a href="" target="_self">Nellie Akalp</a>

Nellie Akalp

Nellie Akalp is an entrepreneur, small business expert, speaker, and mother of four amazing kids. As CEO of, she has helped more than half a million entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Akalp is nationally recognized as one of the most prominent experts on small business legal matters, contributing frequently to outlets like Entrepreneur, Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable, and Fox Small Business. A passionate entrepreneur herself, Akalp is committed to helping others take the reigns and dive into small business ownership. Through her public speaking, media appearances, and frequent blogging, she has developed a strong following within the small business community and has been honored as a Small Business Influencer Champion three years in a row.

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