I dont know how to handle this employee.?

I own a small business. I have one employee that I hired to work 2-3 days a week. After 2 weeks on the job she asked for health benefits which I do not provide. On the third week she said that I should fire my husband and make her manager. On the fourth week, she asked for a $5.00/hr raise so she could buy a house. She had a whole spread sheet with her financial plans. I liked her at first, but I feel like she constantly badgers me for more than I can give. I was very clear with what I could give wehn I hired her. I am very accomodating and easy going but she is pushing my buttons. I told her we would no longer be carrying an item at our store. I explained the reason and it makes financial sense. She said that she did not agree with it. I told her that she didnt have to agree , but that we would no longer have it. She then told me that she would keep the ones left in her car and use them as she sees fit. I was mad, but couldnt fire her on the spot. Now she wants more more more. I feel that she is a bulldozer and manipulative. My husband said to ignore her. I have someone else I would like to hire that has a much nicer personality. I can not tolerate manipulative people and back talk. And this is a grown woman, not a young person. So...does anyone else think this is manipulative behavoir? Am I just being a b@#!h or is she really difficult? Help. I have only owned this business for a year, but cannot get used to hiring and firing. Thank you for all of the answers. I did not take anything the wrong way. I am actually a critical care nurse and have a strong back bone in my line of work. This business thing is new and I am learning every day. I have already decided to let the employee go, but I guess I needed some other points of view to make sure I was thinking clearly. I knew she was manipulative from the start but it has gotten worse, more than I anticipated. This was supposed to be a stepping stone for her until she found something else. But, she ended up trying to make it what she wanted instead of accepting it for what it was. The only thing I gave in to was I did give her more hours when I could. But no other demands were fulfilled. This business was bought for my husband. He has a handicap. He will retire from his job soon and this will be his full time job. He has always experienced discrimination. With this business, no one can tell him no because he will be the boss. So, I am trying to keep it going unti

Asked By: - 4/18/2012
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When you own a business, you have to be prepared to make the tough decisions. This woman that you are describing is just USING you for what she sees fit. You are right that you can't fire on the spot, however, you can give her verbal/written warnings about her insubordination and demands. Once you hit two or three... More
Answered By: VanWilder - 4/18/2012
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Fire her. She is either unbelievably arrogant or is actually trying to take over your company. She could also be actually insane. No sane employee would suggest to an employer that she (the employer) would fire her own husband
Answered By: Ed Fox - 4/18/2012
This employee needs to be let go. There is no other way. She is becoming a bad apple and will spoil the whole team.
Answered By: Ben - 4/18/2012
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