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Getting Ready to Hire: What You Need to Consider

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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

  • You're overworked

  • 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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    Continual Learning and Deriving Inspiration as a Leader

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    The journey from manager to CEO is not without its mindset challenges and self-doubts. You might be asking yourself, “Am I really qualified to be the CEO of anything?” Short answer: YES.

    But growth doesn’t stop there. Becoming the CEO doesn’t mean you’ve reached the top, that you’ve plateaued, or that there isn’t more to learn.

    Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Becoming the CEO means you’ll be able to hold more space for dreaming, for learning, and for pursuing those goals and dreams with your best foot forward.

    I get it — educating yourself can feel more like a chore and can quickly become overwhelming. Even worse, it can seem unimportant. We put it off and put it off because it doesn’t seem as pressing as that large proposal you need to put together, right?

    Education can feel overwhelming or unimportant, unless you change your mindset and make the decision to take education seriously and dig deep.

    Honestly, it’s a decision you make — it’s either important or it’s not. It’s either a priority, or it’s not.

    How to Filter and Organize Your Continual Learning

    If you decide education and continual learning is a priority for you in life and in business, start searching for learning opportunities with intention to find the education that you know you can trust and will benefit you and your business.

    Distance yourself from the noise and ask yourself these questions:

    • Where do you want to take your business in the next few months?

    • What knowledge do you lack to get yourself there?

    • What do you need to know in order to accomplish those goals?

    • How will you measure success in your education?

    Validate your educational resources by asking yourself these questions:

    • Will their service, their content, further your brand in its mission or dilute the brand?

    • If you implemented their education, will you be closer to attaining your goals?

    • What exactly are you going to be learning from them?

    • How long will it take to learn what you need to learn from them? If you’re joining a course, challenge, or program — how long will it take to complete?

    • And what will you gain from learning from them?

    Different Forms of Learning

    Education comes in hundreds of different forms these days, so I get if choosing how you’d like to learn can be a bit overwhelming.

    You have to find not only the best resources for what you’re looking to learn, but also find enjoyable ways to learn that work for you and your brain.

    Below is a list of just a few of the most popular ways you can learn and find inspiration:

    • Listening to a podcast

    • Reading blog articles

    • Watching the Instagram stories of your CEO inspos and biz besties

    • Reading a good book (we highly recommend Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead!)

    • Taking an online course

    • Signing-up for free opt-ins

    • Investing in a mastermind

    • Attending conferences

    • Making use of digital learning centers (Udemy and Lynda are just a couple we love)

    • Checking to see if your library has a digital app that gives you access to even more eBooks and audiobooks

    How to Make a Plan And Dive In

    Dedicate yourself. Once you narrow down what areas you want to grow in and what resources you trust and believe in, go all in.

    Plan time and schedule out. Make time in your schedule to dedicate yourself to your reading list, any programs you’re participating in, or completing an online course. For conferences, you will want to give yourself several months in advance to research the ones you want to attend and make plans to get yourself there.

    Say yes or say no. Courses will pop up, compelling ebooks will find their way to your screen, a must-see webinar will convince you that you will die if you don’t watch it. Be intentional, take a breath, don’t get overwhelmed, and vet it! Say yes, it is a priority, and put it into your schedule. Or, say no, taking part in that thing or reading that thing is not a priority right now, and move on. Yes or no. No maybe.

    Lastly, don’t do everything. I repeat: don’t do everything.

    As you move from Manager to CEO, remember that before, there was likely no way you could possibly fit any more onto your plate. But now, as you move more and more into the CEO role, there is time.

    Why is this something you should be excited about? Because you get to dream again! You get to go back to focusing on what truly inspires you and invest more time into learning so you can accomplish the dreams and goals you have for yourself and for your business.

    Take a step as ceo:

    If you’re ready to dig deep and make continuing to educate yourself a priority, we have written an ebook called Manager to CEO that will help you identify what’s holding you back as a manager and make an action plan to move forward toward CEO.

    Are you ready to move from manager to CEO? SIgn up here.

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