Are you a small business owner or solopreneur who struggles to get everything on your list done in a day? You know, that list of things that follows you around the office, and maybe even home at night? It might be tempting to think, “if I just hired someone, things would be easier”.
But don’t fall into the trap of believing that if you had a team you would automatically have more free time. It is critical to have reasonable expectations of what hiring a team means, and to approach hiring the right way to ensure you are helping, not harming, your business.
Case in point: In order to be successful a team needs support. Before you hire anyone, you must first look at current demands on your time and make sure you can carve out time for new team members. This means doing a realistic evaluation of the amount of time you will be able to dedicate to working with your team.
You might be able to delegate tasks to your team, but often that means that your role will shift to that of a manager. Are you ready for that? In many cases – and especially in the beginning – managing takes more of your time because you will have to train, approve, provide feedback and plan projects in advance.
Don’t forget, there may be a huge learning curve for you as a business owner, as well as any existing employees, when you hire someone new, especially if you are outsourcing a task for the first time. You have had a specific way of doing things and that will be interrupted by a new person. If you hire someone who will lead projects or initiatives, you have to prepare yourself for another influence on your process, a change to your flow, and a new perspective. If you are simply looking for someone to complete quick tasks, then you will need the time to plan and be ready to send new tasks as items are completed. Yes, if you do this right you can get more done, but in order to get the most benefit out of expanding your team you must prepare yourself and your business for the shift in your role and ensure that you have the time to be there for your team.
There are some specific tools and processes I would recommend putting in place before you hire or bring on additional resources. These three things will ensure that you are well prepared to make the most of the changes ahead:
#1: Create a daily/weekly schedule that shows the allocation of your time for your new management role and the other things you are currently doing.
#2: Develop a management schedule. How will your team update you on the status of projects they are working on? Maybe you need a project management tool like Basecamp, or a communication tool like Slack. It is important to think through the flow of information that will be happening between team members and yourself. Also, how will people know when their work has been approved, or if it requires additional work? These are things to consider to make the expansion of your team as seamless as possible.
#3: Identify at least one specific project for each person you plan to hire, even if the designated project will only take about 50% of the person’s time. The purpose of identifying the actual project, timeline and milestones in advance is that this will help you to quickly evaluate your new team members. This is also an advantage to your new hiree because it immediately gives them a clear picture of what needs to be done and sets them up for success.
When you are ready to start looking for your new employee, don’t forget to post on the Vegan Mainstream Job Board, free for the first 15 days. Using portals specific to the vegan community can help make your search more efficient, and you more successful in hiring a great fit for your business.