Are You Ready to Build Your Startup Team?
Once you get to a certain level with your startup, you’ll need to build a team to delegate tasks off your plate so that you can continue to work on growth projects. A secret to building a million dollar business is staying focused on how you grow the company best while allowing a team to handle the rest.
One of the hardest walls to climb over as a startup entrepreneur is hiring your first worker and trusting them with the work that you’ve given them. As a startup entrepreneur, you’ll be attached to the first systems that you create making it difficult to trust someone else to do it at as high a level as you.
Maybe you’re going through a mental dilemma as such…
I’ve built this company from the ground up for the past 3 months and I’ve put my blood, sweat, and tears into getting our first paying customers. I know the operations inside and out and I’m not confident that someone else can do it like I can. Hell, I’m also going to have to pay them so how is that going to help me grow profits?
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever found yourself in any of these situations?
- You know that you need help, but you don’t know where to find the right people.
- You’re ready to hire, but you’re afraid of the additional costs and management that it will require.
- You still think you can do it all on your own…
These are wildly common situations that entrepreneurs find themselves in while building their startup. Depending on how you react can determine if your startup will succeed or not
I understand you
This was an initial obstacle that I struggled mentally with when starting to build my first eCommerce company. I couldn’t come to terms with passing off work to other people because I was afraid of the quality decreasing. It was my business partner that eventually pushed me to build, pass off and repeat. It opened my eyes to how quickly you can build a company when you consistently hire top talent and put them in position to succeed.
As I’ve continued to scale my two companies, I’ve stuck to this process and the results have been astronomical. FreeeUp’s revenue is on pace to quintuple from 2016 and we’ve built our team to over 25 internal team members. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the top hiring that we’ve done.
Start Building Your Team as You Become Profitable
The first few months of building your business are going to be focused on getting the core processes off the ground. You’ll build out your product, start to speak with customers, and get a handle on creating paying customers and earning sales.
As you begin to earn profits, I recommend taking a certain percentage of the profit and contributing it towards a bucket (or bank account) that you can dedicate to building your team. You should view the spending on a new worker as an investment that will free up your time and become a long term asset to the growth of the company.
Once you have enough money in that bucket to bring on part-time, specialized workers, you can get started with the list below of the most common tasks to hire for when starting up.
10 Tasks to Hire For When Starting a Business
These are 10 tasks that can take up a considerable amount of your time when getting your startup off the ground. While you should be involved in the initial formation of the system and process for running the task, you need to pass it off to someone else so you can stay focused on growth.
Hire a social media manager to set up your social accounts, manage a daily content calendar, and keep your profiles updated with new content. They can spend time forming new relationships in social groups and getting new content out to your interested customers.
Save 2-5 hours per day.
A virtual personal assistant is a perfect hire when starting your business because they can handle the small things that are eating up your time. Have them manager your calendar, answer simple emails, and perform other miscellaneous tasks that could bog you down if you were the only one taking care of them.
Save 2-4 hours per day.
As you get your startup off the ground, you’ll want to create a company logo and other graphics to increase your branding for potential customers. A graphic designer can put together eBooks, illustrations for your website, infogrpahics, among many other forms of content to impress your customer.
Save 1-2 hours per day.
4. Blog Manager
When the time is right, you’ll want to start your own blog to create content to appeal to your potential customers. Starting up a blog and then managing the content calendar can take serious time. (I know because I did it for this site and the FreeeUp blog for a period of time.) Hire a Blog Manager and let them watch over everything while you provide top level advice to them.
Save 3-5 hours per day.
5. Blog Writer
On top of managing the blog is actually writing the content. Again, may seem like a great idea for you to write all of the articles at first, but that’s 2-3 hours per article that you’re using your time. Could that be spent somewhere more valuable? By hiring an experienced and professional freelance writer, you can produce high quality content without having to worry about fitting it into your busy schedule.
Save 2-3 hours per article.
Every business needs a customer service team. It’s an inevitable part of starting up and it takes more and more time as your startup grows. Don’t get locked into hours of answering customer emails and trying to fit in your other projects. Hire a customer service rep, put them on a daily schedule, and take that aspect of running the business off your plate.
Save 4-6 hours per day (depending on size of business).
If you don’t know how to build a website for your company, you’re going to need someone that does. Spinning up a WordPress website with the key content to display your company isn’t that hard and you can hire someone to get it done quickly. Keep them involved as you need updates and want to go through redesigns, but only pay when the projects are urgent.
Save 25 to 50 hours of building the initial site.
At the beginning of your startup, you want to get in touch with as many potential customers as possible. You want to share your product/service with them, get feedback, and land your first paying customers. Having an affordable lead generation specialist working 5 days a week will ensure you always have new leaders to contact.
Save 1-2 hours per day.
9. SEO Expert
SEO is a long term game (think 6 months to 1 year), but it’s best to get started and optimized from the get go. If you start producing web pages and articles that target specific keywords for your industry from day 1, you’ll see more traffic from search engines early on in the growth of your company. Wait until months down the line and you’re fighting to catch up.
Save 1-2 hours per day.
Finally, bookkeeping is an extremely important aspect of running your business. You need to know how you are performing so you can take that money and reinvest it into the business to create more growth. Having a bookkeeper on the team to manage the financials, create reports, and communicate with your accountant is a key role in managing your startup.
Save 1-3 hours per day.
Schedule a Call with Me
Hiring your first team members can be a tough decision (as discussed above). I know I struggled with it at first. But now I can’t get enough of it and it’s allowing me to scale my companies faster than I would have ever imagined.
Set up a 30 minute phone call with me and we’ll chat about where your startup is today. We’ll see where you’re spending the majority of your time and find ways to hire part time team members to keep you focused on what you do best.