Hiring your first employee can be a terrifying prospect, but it doesn’t have to be.
Hiring your first employee can be a terrifying prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. Even with all of the best hiring tools in place, you can still get pushed off course by the fear of hiring the wrong person. Don’t. You can take charge of your new role as employer by changing your thinking just a bit and committing to some additional new responsibilities:
Be transparent: just as you want the prospect to be open and honest about his/her needs with you, you should also be clear about your current business stage as well as its limitations, such as financial compensation.
Invest in your first hire: “needing” a second person often causes a knee-jerk hire, which can lead to you spending more time on that person than on your business. Take the time to evaluate prospects carefully, and then actually train, teach, and develop the one you hire into an invested employee.
Look for a generalist: that first person you get needs to be able to help you with everything, right? The versatility will allow you more freedom to build.
Share responsibilities: if you’re thinking that you can simply unload some of your duties onto the new person you hire, think again. First, since the buck stops with you, the buck will always make it to you; ultimately, you are responsible for ensuring everything gets done the way it needs to. But more than that, show that new person that you value his/her talents by sharing responsibility and accountability for getting things done.
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