When a business owner is looking for ways to grow their business, they may not think of heading to their local high school or college in order to hire an intern. The truth is, doing that very thing can have a tremendous effect on their bottom line.
An intern is a person who takes a position, usually for no pay, in order to gain experience. Some people may choose to pay their interns, but even if they do, it is usually the minimum wage.
Teenagers and college students make great interns. This generation has been working with technology since elementary school and can work wonders for those needing help in this arena. They may be able to help create a customized website, viral videos, podcasts, and more.
If you are comfortable with technology, interns can still help with a myriad of tasks. Tasks such as answering emails, customer service, posting content on a website or blog, social networking, internet research and even writing can be handed over to an intern.
If you are short on space or only have one computer in the home, the intern could meet with you once a week to learn a new task or get feedback on previous tasks and complete their weekly assignments from their own computer at home or at school.
There are many benefits to working with an intern. Since the intern will be taking over some of your business tasks, you’ll be able to accomplish more within your own business. Hiring an intern will also be very budget friendly, as they will most likely be working for free.
A student intern will also be able to give you a fresh perspective that you may not get from other sources. For example, someone with years of experience may have a certain routine or way of doing things. Someone who is being faced with that problem for the first time may have a very creative way of solving it.
These students are currently being trained in the subjects you will have them working on. If they are attending a good school, they most likely have access to great teachers, tools, and sources of information. The intern could be learning about a new business technique in class and end up teaching you something new.
On the other side of things, a non-business intern can still help you grow your business. A student who is majoring in early childhood development or education could be a great help for your childcare needs. The student could come to your home and entertain your children while you are working in your office.
The intern will be gaining valuable experience that will help them in their chosen career field and you will be getting help for your business. It’s a win-win situation on all parts.