Choosing a name. Designing a logo. Opening that first box of business cards. Making that first sale. But what about startup HR? For all the exciting tasks associated with the launch of a business, there’s an even greater number of responsibilities that wouldn’t exactly be thought of as thrilling but are universally considered important.

Things like paying workers on time, filing employment taxes, shopping for benefits, and complying with a long list of local, state and federal workplace regulations—we understand that no founder takes the leap into entrepreneurship excited to carry out these tedious tasks. But as a Professional Employer Organization, we also know getting them right can go a long way toward entrepreneurial success.

Whether you have a handful of co-founders or already have a small team in place, understanding your responsibilities as it relates to HR is imperative. That’s why we’ve assembled a checklist of startup HR essentials for our friends at Jumpstart Foundry, a seed stage healthcare innovation fund that invests in healthcare startups all over the country. They’re interested in seeing their startups succeed, and they understand the role HR plays in that success.

But no matter what industry you’re in, the list applies to you, too. If you’re interested in taking care of your people and recruiting and retaining the best and brightest for your business, check out our checklist of start up HR essentials for entrepreneurial success.


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