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Compensating your employees

Compensation is a form of monetary value used to recruit and retain qualified employees. It can be an incentive to increase morale and is linked to job satisfaction

Money used as a reward can encourage performance, although compensation does not always have to be cash for this to be true.  

Paying well reduces turnover and encourages company loyalty. Paying too much will put you out of business.

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Compensation costs are typically measured as a percentage of sales averaging between 20 to 35% . This varies by industry. 

Service industries tend to be higher with percentages of 50% or more.  Check with your industry associations to learn how much you can expect be spending and adjust your budget accordingly.

All it takes is to be a few percentages over in your wage limit and your profit can be eliminate

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In most parts of the world there are rules around compensating employees.

​How well do you know the rules in your community? 

Employment standards exist to protect employers and employees. 

If the law says employees must be paid overtime after 8 hours of work then you need to pay overtime.

You can’t make up your own rules!

Right now you might be “getting away with it”, however, it may be just a matter of time before a disgruntled employee changes that.   You will be left with a big ugly fine, far more than what you saved by not paying up front. 


The one person often neglected when it comes to getting paid is you, the owner of the business.

Not paying yourself, or paying yourself less than a market wage creates a false economy in your business. Unless you had planned to be a volunteer in your business, calculate the value of the work you personally do and include that in your budget.

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When you add in your wages, at fair market value and the business is not profitable, then you many not have a viable business model.

Adjustments need to be made somewhere in one or more of your systems so that you can be compensated for your hard work. Or why bother?


It’s the little things when compensating employees that can take you out as a small business owner.

Know your numbers, try to keep the emotion out of compensation decision making, and pay yourself at least a marketing wage.

Do you need help with figuring out what to pay your employees?   We have a number of compensation tools included in our small business coaching programs , reach out if you think having a coach or taking a course would work for you.

Enjoy your day!




2 thoughts on “Compensating your employees”

  1. Hi Beverlee

    Just wanted to say hi and thank you so much for these articles I have really enjoyed them and all is well. The information is so valuable and a lot of good nuggets. I really look forward to connecting again as you have helped us so much as we become more in alignment together with the flow of life. It is coming time to take things to the next level and have a conversation. Smiles Brooklin


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