Most businesses start as a one-man (or one-woman) show. And typically, a business continues that way for quite some time, until the owner becomes so overwhelmed with work that he or she is forced to hire help. And while hiring that first employee is a great step to take, it allows you to begin to truly grow your business, if the first hire isn’t handled correctly it can be a disaster.
The first employee that you hire will have a tremendous impact on the future of your business, and there are many factors that must be considered before making the hire. Unfortunately, this process is often rushed, because the business owner is so overwhelmed that he doesn’t take the necessary time to think it through. Below are several steps that must be taken before making that first hire.
- You must clearly define the role you are hiring for. Far too many business owners don’t do this – instead, they hire an employee for a vaguely defined role and let the chips fall as they may. Before making a hire, you need to decide exactly what your new employee’s role will be. Sales? Accounting? Shipping? A combination of roles? There is no right or wrong answer here… as long as there is a clearly defined role.
- Find an employee that complements your skill set. It is human nature to hire someone that you get along with. And it is important that you get along with your new employee, but it is more important that their skills complement yours. If your gift is sales, why would you need another salesperson? Find someone that can handle the areas you are weak at, so that you can focus on your strengths.
- Value passion and teach-ability over experience. When making their first hire, many business owners want to bring in an experienced employee who can hit the ground running. This is often a mistake, because it often leads the business owner to cede too much control of the operation to their new employee. It’s only natural, after all, that you would let your experienced employee do things the way he or she has always done them. But if you are trying to differentiate yourself from your competition, the last thing you want it to be just like everyone else. Instead, look for a passionate, dedicated employee who is willing to buy into YOUR system.
Hiring your first employee is a huge decision. A good hire will kick-start the growth of your business – while a mistake could set you back months, or even years. If you’d like further help with this decision, please get in touch today!