Why you need an intern


I know I am biased, but I have been pretty darn lucky to have some of the best interns in the state of Sweet Home Alabama. For the past 2 years, I have shared interns every semester with my biz bestie Jessica, and we have hosted some pretty talented (and fun) college talent. Over the years we have refined the process, gotten professional with our systems and paperwork, and we will be sharing more about that at our free webinar on March 7 (click here to view more). But, before we ever considered bringing on extra help, Jessica and I both had some reservations about how the whole process would work for us. I imagine if you've considered having an intern, you've probably been held back by these same things. Well, consider me your personal myth buster! 

Below are 2 reasons that may be keeping you from hiring an intern, and why you can cast those hesitations to the curb! 

1. You aren't sure what you would give an intern to do for 10+ hours a week

First off I'll just say, I bet you could find 10 hours of work! If an intern applies for a position with you, then they are more than likely interested in your career field, but also small business in general. Are there pieces to your business that you maybe haven't considered, but could potentially hand off? Maybe email, bookkeeping, errands, etc. This is an opportunity for you to get lots of assistance in your business, as well as a good opportunity for you to educate your intern in all things small business.

Second, consider sharing your intern with someone close in proximity and career field! Are you a painter sharing a studio with other painters? Are you a photographer working from home but know another photographer who could use some help too? Jessica and I have a unique situation in that we are both graphic designers and we share a studio, but the point is to get creative! As long as you are giving the intern a fair trade in the education they will receive for the work they offer, then it would be worth it for the them! Of course, your arrangement will need to be approved by the student's advisor or professor, but don't be afraid to get creative! 

2. It feels too overwhelming to have to teach someone what you do.

We get it. Taking time to teach requires just that- time. But consider this as an opportunity to get organized! There are lots of way to record your step-by-step process so that you can hand it off to someone else completely without worrying about something missing. 

1. Sweetprocess.com.

This program is a monthly subscription but is a great way to record your process step by step. I used this program for a job that I was doing consistently every month. It was easy work, but there was lots and lots of steps that had to be done just right. I spent one month recording the process from start to finish using sweetprocess.com, and handed it off to my intern the next month. She completed it perfectly! She had my entire process binder to reference if she ever ran into any trouble, and she commented on how easy it made her job.

2. Teach the intern one time, and have him/her record their process. 

I have also used this method before and it works swimmingly! I get them to record the process in Word or Google Docs, and then pass it on the next intern. The next intern can then go in and edit the process if they find that something is missing. It becomes more refined and detailed with each student that passes it down. 

3. You can record your computer screen and share your exact movements.

This one requires a little more tech knowledge, but you are sure to have every step well documented. You can even talk through as you are working, so there are no hesitations as to what you are completing. I use Quicktime on my Mac to record my screen, and iMovie if I need to make any edits.