Max, Let me start with I live in California so your laws are probably a little different.
But with that being said, we own a Staffing Agency. This is a great way to get your first employee. You should look around price shop vs what you will get. They can provide you with the employee or if you have someone in mind find an agency and ask for a discount as you will be sending them the employee.
They will cover the workers comp., taxes, unemployment, payroll, etc. Make sure they are responsible for all of that stuff in the contract. You will still need your own Liability Ins. for your Office,Workspace,Shop.
Make sure the contract has a clause about how and if you want to bring that employee on full time you can WITHOUT paying extra. With us this is usually 90 working days or 720hrs. Also make sure you don't have to take them on early in case you aren't ready.( You will need to do some homework on your states Work comp laws, and employee laws).
In California you do not have to have w comp on the owners. If you do your own payroll, taxes,w comp,etc. you can pay yourself as an employee and then if need be claim unemployment.
YOU WILL WANT TO CHECK YOUR LAWS AND TALK WITH YOUR ACCOUNTANT.
Be careful, as when you get your business license you may get a lot of people sending you all sorts of stuff saying you need this. In Ca. for example I was paying an out of state company $150 - $300 a year to register my bus. with the Secretary Of State and be the name of server. You can do this yourself for $25.
LIKE I SAID DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
Hope this helps and Congrats on your new business.
You must be a work a hillock,
(just kidding) it is a lot of work but well worth the time.