Hiring a team member can be such an exciting and wonderful step in growing your business, but it can also be a tricky step to take. It’s not a magic wand that’s going to wipe out your business frustrations or overwhelm.
Before you take that leap, here are 4 things I want all business owners looking to hire to keep in mind.
It’s not a magic fix; you will need time to train
You won’t have more time. Yep, hiring a team member is never going to be a magic wand solution.
You actually are adding more onto your plate because now you are adding on the management and training of said team members. The more of a perfectionist/micro-manager the worst, this will be for you.
It takes time to train team members; if you have processes in place and had been establishing trainings (like recording yourself doing tasks, for instance, sending out your newsletter), then you are better equipped to hire a team. If everything lives in your head and you have no standard way of doing routine tasks, well, you are going to be doing double the work.
Detailed training is NOT needed for each role/task; however you need a base structure to bring people on. They don’t know what templates to use, where files live, what programs you use/passwords to those programs, where graphics are or what brand elements to use, etc.
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You’ve got to stick to deadlines
No more flying by the seat of your pants, you can’t just get things done when you feel like it. You are going to have to learn to stick to deadlines and give your team the time they need to do their part.
I’ve seen entrepreneurs hire team members, and then struggle to get their shit together to make assignments. They are too close to the deadline to assign it, end up doing the work themselves, and then complain that their team is not helping them.
If you have been working solo, then you might have gotten into a routine of finishing up projects at the last minute, but working with a team, you can no longer work on this same schedule.
You have to be ready to make the transition to meeting deadlines that are workable for the team. And you have to commit yourself to deliver to your team just like you would a client.
There will be mistakes
While you can’t just drop a task in someone’s lap and walk away, you also have to set boundaries for yourself where you are not micro-managing each and every task.
They need to have their own responsibilities and ownership over their roles. They are going to make mistakes, and 100% will not be done “YOUR way,” but that is something you need to figure out how to deal with.
The better your structure, the more you can train your staff, “your way of doing things.” BUT you do need to make them feel like they are in ownership of their role, not that you are hand-holding them through every task.
You have to take the time to give them feedback and let them correct mistakes. If you don’t they won’t learn, and you will both end up frustrated.
Let that role, even if they are a contract role, be part of your team by helping you optimize and refine how you do things. Hopefully, you have hired someone in a role that is in their zone of genius, so take advantage of that knowledge.
It’s a whole other mindset hurdle + skill to tackle
You will have to overcome trust issues, control issues, issues with structure, and management (to name a few things that might pop-up).
You most likely will have to learn to become a manager. Transitioning from solopreneur to team is a whole new phase of your business. It’s a great phase, but it requires you to learn new skills as a manager and leader of that team.
Structuring and managing a team for YOUR own business can be WAY different than managing a team in a 9 to 5, where most positions have structures, expectations, and a whole HR department to assist you.
Please know that you might not find your perfect match on your first hire. This doesn’t mean you aren’t ready or that building a team is not for you, it does take time to work through your systems and find the right skill sets/personality/communication style to be a good match for your business.
It’s like most things in business; it’s going to take some time and experimenting before you find your sweet spot. But you’ve done it at each stage of growing your business, and this one is no different!
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