I strongly encourage my clients to hire someone to help them with their business when the time is right. Why? Because when you delegate tasks that you don’t enjoy or aren’t good at, you free up your time for the activities that will most affect how quickly your business grows.
Getting started with the hiring process must begin with these questions:
- Which activities, specifically, will I delegate to my new hire?
- Am I trying to fill one role, or multiple roles?
- Can this person work remotely?
- What is the going rate for this job if I hire someone locally? What is the going rate if I hire virtually?
- How do I find someone who will fit the role I need?
- How will I set this person up for success?
- How will I track his or her progress and make sure this person is doing what I need in the way that I need it done?
When you fully understand what you need this person to do, you can define the job description.
Start to notice the qualities that your hire will need to have in order to effectively fill the roles you’ve created.
Does this person need to be detail-oriented? Creative? A great communicator? Mathematically-minded?
At this point, you’ll be able to see if you’re trying to fill one role or multiple roles. It’s likely that someone who’s a whiz at calculating costs and working in Quickbooks might not be the same person you need to charismatically reach out to organizations where you wish to speak; you might need two different people for these very different roles.
To help you get started, here are some of my favorite resources:
- Asana.com: a free online program your team can use to manage tasks.
- Upwork.com: a website that pairs business owners with virtual assistants.
- Fiverr.com: a website that will connect you with all kinds of creatives from around the world where most tasks are just five dollars.
Hiring someone to help support your business can be one of the most rewarding steps to move forward. Good luck – and let me know how it goes!