As a small business owner, you might not have the capital to hire a team member for every department.

You’re probably wearing most of the hats yourself, but can an owner be in charge of HR? The short answer is a yes, but. Yes, you can do it yourself, but there are some drawbacks to having an owner running human resources.


HR work takes up a lot more time than you might think. If you’re juggling many different tasks (and we know you are), outsourcing this job duty could free up a lot of time for you. You can spend that time focusing on growth plans, R&D, sales, or whatever else you’ve got going on.


HR does more than just hire employees. They ensure that your business is compliant with all the latest employment regulations. If you’re not fully committed to this role, you’re probably missing something that could come back to bite you.


If an employee has a problem with something you are doing, who are they going to talk to? If you’re running human resources, there is no non-partial party to resolve disputes. It could make your office environment stressful and you could lose great employees.

So, should an owner be in charge of HR? Probably not, but if you’re not ready to hire a full-time HR manager, you don’t have to do it yourself. Consider outsourcing this function to a professional. Companies, like Humnly, will work on a part-time basis for you and make sure you and your employees are getting the support they need.