More small businesses hiring part-time employees

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 1:57pm

With 2011 getting off to a good economic start, reports say small-business employment is behind in the economic recovery.

But some small-businesses here in East Texas say hiring part-time is just better.

Elise Carter owns the 8th Street Boutique in Tyler.

At the moment, the store has 4 employees - two of them are part-time. Carter says that's what most job-seekers that come to the boutique are looking for.

"We have employees who have other jobs or who are mothers or who are in school and they don't have the hours in the week to work - you know - every single day," Carter said.

She says having two part-time employees works better for them than having one full-timer in their place.

"If a full-time employee gets sick, then ....you're kind of up a creek, so if you've got some part-time employees, someone gets sick - even if they're sick for a week or two or even if someone in their family gets sick and they're not going to be able to be here, you have a lot more options for fill-in spots," Carter said.

Local economist Tom Mullins says small businesses hiring part-timers is not a bad thing.

"I think it's just different. I think it's another way of people kind of organizing their personnel structure and...doing what works for them," Mullins said.

Carter says the 8th Street Boutique is looking to get into "e-commerce" which will add a full-time employee.

"...because that's a whole separate job. So as my business expands, the need for a full-time person expands, but when business is small and sort of contained and manageable, you can definitely pare things out to the part-timers," Carter said.

She says the boutique felt the effects of the bad economy in 2008 and 2009, but 2010 was much better.

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