How to Hire Help for Your Growing Business

How to Hire Help for Your Growing Business

Your business is growing! Great! But do you have the tools and people in place to continue that growth without overwhelming yourself? Now’s a great time to take stock and see where you may need to hire help.

For example, do you know the status of your current business and whether your systems are effective? Do you have the resources needed to effectively run and grow your business? Have you evaluated your customer satisfaction and loyalty programs? Your freelancers and staff? Do you have the resources, support and the manpower you need to set up and run programs on a daily basis?

If not, then these are some areas and routines that need to change as the season changes – you need to implement new growth strategies for your business. Below is some information that I have about how you can kick off the next season of your business with a strong start to generate solid numbers and a net profit.

Tips for growing your business

If you want to grow your business beyond where it is today, it’s going to require taking on a few more hands and heads to help you think through and effectively grow your business.

When you consider whether you’re going to hire freelancers or full-time employees, it can bring on a lot of heartache and fear when struggling to bring on the right kind of staff –all while continuing to run your business.

The problem that I’ve noticed is that although some business owners are hiring additional help, they’re not doing it well… And if you don’t hire people well and do it the right way, it is going cause you to take a step back rather than a step forward.

Things you need to do to hire help that’s reliable

Regardless of what kind of people you need to hire or when you need to hire them, the following are some things that you as a business owner or mompreneur need to do first in order to ensure that you get the right people on board and that you do not undo all of the hard work that you’ve already done.

1. Don’t line someone up and continue to spend money on them if you are frustrated with them, you don’t trust them or you have difficulty delegating work that eventually bounces back and circles its way back to you.

2. Acknowledge why this is happening in the first place. While coaching for many years, I can tell you that when you set out as a business owner, you probably didn’t get a degree in HR. While you’re very good at what you do, you probably don’t have the best communication style to effectively attract the right people that you need to do the job. Like so many of us, as a result, you probably carry a certain amount of assumptions in your head and believe you are communicating effectively when in reality you are not. Ask yourself, why you didn’t hire the right person for the job?

If you believe job duties were obvious and that it should go without saying, then that’s when you should stop and look at yourself in the mirror and realize that you are the problem. I’m not meaning to be rude but an observant coach. Whenever you are making assumptions, you probably need to communicate outwardly to those you are hiring rather than assume they will know what you’re thinking; which brings me to my third point.

3. Although your assumptions (that you have in your head) are important, get good at writing down what is obvious and important as part of the job description. Review it with job candidates during the interviewing process and let them know what your expectations are at that point. You can then get a gut feeling about whether they’re the best fit in the process. (This improves hiring the right person by 100%.)

I hope you find these growth strategies helpful when you decided to hire help. These three simple tips make such a difference when it comes to getting the right person for the job. For more guidance and specific tips for your situation, that’s where my coaching can be even more useful – so contact me today!

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What Kind of Help You Should Hire First

If you’re looking to grow your business, or you’ve reached a plateau of some point, it may be time to hire help. (You can read more about that in this blog post: How to Know it’s Time to Hire Help.) But what kinds of tasks can you outsource? What kind SHOULD you outsource? Here are a few ideas of where to start:

  • Things that are critical to your business, but aren’t your expertise. Sure, you may have taught yourself some tricks of the trade, but if you could hire an expert for bookkeeping, marketing, order fulfillment, or other tasks, you’ll save time and be able to scale up. An expert may seem expensive, but s/he has the experience to do things faster and more effectively than you—covering more ground and doing more than you could.
  • Things you can outsource for a fraction of what your time is worth. A virtual assistant is a great tool for your business. From data entry to social media maintenance, order fulfillment to birthday card mailing, you can save SO much time giving these more mundane, time-expensive tasks to someone else.
  • Things that are a day-to-day part of your business, but take a lot of time. This is more for business owners with brick and mortar locations. It’s worth it to have a receptionist, office manager, or others who can be the “first line” when it comes to your customers.

You don’t have to delegate away everything you love about running your business. In fact, that would be miserable! The point of delegating is to make time for the parts you love, and dispense with the ones that you don’t like, take too much time, or just aren’t profitable ways for you to spend your time.

If there are parts of your business that aren’t necessarily your expertise, but things you love (like doing your social media or contacting customers) of course they can stay on your plate. But there are ways to streamline those so you can still participate without them taking too much time away from the activities and things that make you money.

Want to delegate, but aren’t sure how to get started? I’d love to talk to you about how you can grow your business with help. Contact me today for a free discovery call!

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How to Know it’s Time to Hire Help

It’s starting to feel a lot like fall outside! This time of year can often feel overwhelming for us as mompreneurs. As much as many of us look forward to the beginning of the school year to get back into some routine, there also tends to be a lot more going on as well. Keeping up with kids, homework, and extracurricular activities can have us going in all directions and have a serious impact on our businesses.

Not long ago, I got the opportunity to moderate on a peer-to-peer conversation panel for mompreneurs. We gathered together and discussed many topics of the challenges surrounding being a mother and a business owner. One of the most robust topics ended up discussing how to know when it’s time to hire help for your business.

It can be hard to know when is the right time to take the plunge and spend money on more help or resources. At the end of the day, you need to take the time to look at the amount of money you are bringing in versus your expenses and factor in that, as of now, you are stuck being the one who does it all. That’s not to say that it isn’t highly respectable to be willing to do all of the hard work and “bootstrapping” on your own—because I think that’s something that all entrepreneurs have deep down. However, it is also known that moms have a notoriously limited amount of time. Maintaining that you are the only one who does all the aspects of your business is simply not sustainable if you are looking for real business growth. And though it can be hard, it’s important to push yourself to do what you need to do to nurture and grow your business in a way that also supports you and your family.

The fear of hiring outside help can often be boiled down to both a pride and control issue. When you have managed to reach this level of success doing it all on your own, why bring anyone else in? How are you going to trust that they will be capable and will care as much and do as well in your business as you? Unfortunately, there always comes to be a natural make or break point. Maintaining that you are the only one doing all aspects of your business will eventually become too expensive and too difficult and will stand in the way of your business growth.

Things to consider when looking to hire outside help:

  • Do you want the business to grow?
  • Which is more important to your current situation: less stress or more money / more profits?
  • Do you need a better quality of life? Have you been pushing off things like family, friends or other obligations to consistently give your business your full attention?
  • How will hiring this person serve my priorities personally as well as a my long-term goals professionally?

Hiring can be a difficult decision to make but ultimately even though it costs money, it also will save/make you money in the future. Having another capable set of hands in your business will enable you to do and handle more than you could before. Also, don’t wait until your business is at a breaking point or a downhill slope to consider hiring help. Be sure to factor in training time and consider your options before your business is in a crisis.

Will hiring help in your business help to serve your greatest goals and top priorities or will it interfere with that? I can help you figure it out, that’s what coaches are for. If you find yourself stuck or ready to make a big decision (like hiring), a coach can help you not only decide IF, but make a plan for HOW. Contact me today for a free Discovery Session and find out if coaching with me is right for you!

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