We’re currently a 3-person software development cooperative. As well as client & internal software development work, we all do our share of a bunch of other tasks, e.g. book-keeping, payroll, VAT returns, event organisation, writing blog posts, handling common types of incoming email, etc.
We have a pretty good system for sharing out this work and avoiding silos of knowledge, e.g. we use Harmonia to schedule and randomly assign tasks and we write detailed instructions for recurring tasks on an internal Github wiki.
We value how this jack-of-all-trades approach keeps us closely in touch with the state of our business, but some of the work is so far outside our skill-set that at times it can feel very inefficient.
For a while now, we’ve been wondering whether it would be sensible/feasible to hire someone part-time to take on some of this work, but we don’t really know where to start. Can anyone give us any pointers?
Would anyone be interested in any of this kind of work, or do you know someone who would? Do any of the coops in the network already employ someone to do this kind of work who might have spare capacity?
I think this all relates to the shared services in Harry’s Megazord Strawman diagram.