Hiring Your First Employees and Contractors emphasizes the benefits of starting with contractors and only evolving to employees when absolutely required. The entrepreneur and small firm manager is provided concrete benchmarks and approaches to hire contractors and employees; the emphasis is always on how to extend the entrepreneur's reach so as to focus on their improving their core values and core competencies. If an employee does not extend one's reach, they are an expensive risky distraction. Read this first before hiring your first employee. As the author says, there are shelves of books on hiring exactly because it is so complicated and perilous. This is the first book the author knows of that addresses hiring contractors which suggests it is a far less risky business.