246: Hiring – Building a Better Team with Moses Balian

An image of a notebook and the title of the 246th episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast, 'Hiring.'

Welcome to episode 246 of The Food Blogger Pro Podcast! This week on the podcast, Bjork interviews Moses Balian about contractors, employees, and building a team.

Last week on the podcast, Bjork read an email we recently received and offered advice on how to overcome the feelings of feeling stuck. To go back and listen to that episode, click here.


As you’re growing your business, there may come a time when you’re ready to hire some help.

But should you hire them as a contractor or as an employee? That’s what Moses is here to talk about today!

He’ll talk you through those initial decisions, using a PEO (that’s a Professional Employer Organization), producing important tax and employee documents, and how employee benefits work.

It’s a really interesting conversation, and if you’re at the point where you could use another set of hands to work on your business, we think this episode will help you navigate your next steps.

A quote from Moses Balian’s appearance on the Food Blogger Pro podcast that says, 'Hire well, hire smart, and give strong and due consideration to your applicants.'

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Justworks works and what a PEO is
  • The difference between a contractor and an employee
  • If you can start someone as a contractor and move them to an employee
  • How you can start building a team
  • How 1099s work
  • If and when you should create an employee handbook
  • How employee benefits work
  • If you should have insurance when you’re building a team

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