You really can’t do it all alone. No small business can grow with a single person at the wheel. It takes a team to scale your business. But building a team can be stressful. How can you know who to trust? Where will you find the time to train? What if you can’t afford to outsource?
These and other questions are what prevent entrepreneurs just like you from turning a good business idea into a 6-figure empire. Here’s what to do about it:
Know Your Work Style
Not everyone works in the same style. Some people love to connect by phone or text, while others prefer email. Some people need lots of direction and step-by-step guidance, others work better when they can figure it out on their own. No way is right or wrong, but if you’re a text person and you hire a phone lover, there might be trouble. Look for team members who are a fit with your preferred work style, and you’ll be much happier with the result.
Commit to the process
Hiring a team takes time. Not only do you have to spend time looking for the right person, meeting with several possibles, but you also have to train your new team member. No matter how skilled she might be, she’s never worked in your business, so there will be a learning curve. Encourage her to ask questions, and take the time to answer carefully. Expect mistakes, at least in the beginning, and build enough time in your schedule to allow for fixing them. The effort and time you put in upfront is well worth it when you have a team you can count on.
Don’t Be Afraid
Not everyone you hire will be a good fit. As a leader, it’s up to you to do the right thing for your business (and your own stress levels) and sometimes that means letting someone go. Sometimes even the best-looking applicant turns out to be all wrong, and that’s okay. Take what you’ve learned from the experience, and use that knowledge for the next hire.
Finally, start small. Start by hiring one person to take on the tasks you most dislike, then slowly grow your team and their responsibilities. Eventually, you’ll be left with only the work you truly want to do (and that you enjoy) and your business will run even more smoothly.
If you want some help working out who you need in your team, book a call with me.