So you’ve done the hard work of growing a beautiful business with recurring clients or a steady stream of new clients coming in. But with all this business landing at your doorstep, you’re having to turn people (and revenue!) away or you might be working 16 or 20 hour days (and nights!).
And, let’s face it, you’re probably doing work that you aren’t the best at — or might even dread — each week.
Hey, honey, it might be time to get ready to hire.
Don’t Do What I Did
Most people wait to get ready to hire until they're completely overwhelmed — don’t be that person.
See, that's exactly what happened to me before I hired my team. I had too much work and not enough time. I was working until the wee hours. I was forgetting to eat lunch. I was neglecting my relationships. And I was rapidly reaching my breaking point. Does any of this sound familiar?
I'll let you in on a little secret:
If you're considering hiring, you're ready.
When you hire someone before you think you're ready, you're putting yourself in a position to succeed when your business starts to pick up and grow even more.
When I was drowning in work, I hired my first team member, Brittani. She took over all of the travel + bookkeeping tasks. When I was still feeling overwhelmed, we added another team member who helped take on some of the general admin tasks.
If you're considering hiring, you're ready.
Next came a specific hire for social media. This team came together and we were able to scale this business in ways I never could have expected. We are now a team of 10 and growing almost every month!
Are You Ready to Hire?
So often we are too busy working IN our business that we can't see outside of it.
Here are three questions to ask yourself before making the decision to hire a new team member:
Are you ready to grow your business faster than ever before?
Are you ready to invest in a team that will help you succeed?
Are there tasks within your business that you dread doing and would love nothing more than to delegate them to someone else?
If you answered YES to at least one of these questions, then you are ready to grow your team.
Seeing What’s Possible
Because you're in the day-to-day life of your business, it can be hard to imagine handing daily tasks off to someone else. After all, you've been 100% in charge of everything for 100% of the time since it started.
But here's what I want you to remember: you don't have to delegate EVERYTHING on the first day (and you SHOULDN'T). It’s not all or nothing. You can start slow and small. Something that held me back a lot, in the beginning, was the mindset that I was needing to hire a full-time team member and I would have to give them health insurance.
When is it the right time to hire?
You're ready for the next level
You have consistent revenue
There are parts of your business that other people could do better (hint : it’s time to hire an expert!)
What's stopping you?
Generally, it’s finances — ringing a bell? First things first, you need to get clear on how much space you have to spend.
What can you afford right now to invest?
Look at your financial projections. What do you expect to be making over the next 6 to 12 months?
If money is something that is worrying you, take a look at your expenses to see where you can you save money. Are you paying for an app or subscription that you haven’t actually been using? Pro tip: Check this out at least monthly on one of your money dates.
Who do I hire next?
First, we need to decide if you are looking to hire a generalist or a specialist. A generalist can take a lot of things off of your to-do list, but they aren’t necessarily an expert or coming at tasks or projects strategically. A specialist is going to take on a specific role in your business or come into your project with proven processes. A specialist is going to truly own the role and this helps for communication and delegation.
Now, get out a notebook or open a Google Doc because we are going to be asking ourselves a ton of questions:
What are the things holding you back, frustrating you, not in your category of brilliance?
Where do you spend the most time in your business?
What things do you enjoy doing for your business?
What things do you hate (or not enjoy) doing for your business?
What software/applications do you use on a regular basis in your business?
List out the daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly tasks for your business.
Using the listed tasks above, list every task that you really don't like doing. Or you put off until the last minute. (Or put off until forever).
How many tasks on that list already have a process to complete them?
How long does it usually take you (ballpark figure) to complete every task on that list?
Categorize every task on that list as either: Must Delegate (as in you can't ever bring yourself to do that thing again) and Would Be Nice To Delegate (meaning you're not enthused about that task, but you can get it done when you need to).
From there we need to put those tasks and projects into categories based on role.
How would you feel if you had someone supporting you here?
What is the end result that you're hoping for?
What is the time frame that I want this result in?
Take Some Time to Decide
Hiring is an investment, so you need to track the results you are hoping to achieve to make sure you reach that level. Give yourself a deadline to make sure that your choice is getting you to your desired result! This is a huge step in your business and something you should be excited about. Take this process one step at a time, and it won’t feel so overwhelming.
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