You hear it all the time – people are shouting from the Internet rooftops to:
- “Outsource ALL the things!”
- “Just hire a team already.”
- “Work only in your zone of genius and delegate the rest.”
And on and on it goes.
Over time, you might start thinking to yourself, “In order to be successful, I have to hire a team.”
There are many myths out there about hiring a team and you might just start to feel pulled into believing one or two of them.
Your dreams slowly start to merge with the voices on the Internet, and soon you can’t tell where your voice begins and their voices end.
You start to feel nervous and maybe a bit overwhelmed.
“Do I really want to hire and lead a team?” you think to yourself.
If you stop and ask yourself this question, you might find your answer surprising.
Already know that you’re ready to hire a team and want some help with strategizing to make it happen? Hop on a 90-minute people planning strategy session with me!
I come across small business owners almost weekly who think they’re ready to hire a team. After talking to them for a bit, we realize they haven’t stopped to think about whether or not that’s what they really want.
And that can be a dangerous and slippery slope.
Running a small business is stressful enough in and of itself. Hiring and leading a team can take that feeling to a whole new level.
The #1 reason why hiring a team isn’t right for everyone is because it’s a HUGE responsibility!
As the manager and leader of your team, you’ll be responsible for your people from top to bottom, left to right, and everywhere in between. Everything begins and ends with you.
Many small business owners have never been in a management or leadership position before. So, it makes sense that they might not know exactly what to expect as a new leader.
If you don’t have much (or any!) management experience, let me help you get a strategy in place!
It’s important that you know exactly what you’re getting into when hiring a team. The Internet voices can make it seem simple and easy. But it’s a bit more complex than they might lead you to believe.
Here are just a few of the tasks you’ll get to add to your plate when hiring a team:
- Ensuring your team is paid consistently, accurately, and timely
- Following required federal and state employment laws (like these regarding interns)
- Sharing the big vision for your company and the why behind decisions you make
- Helping your team set and reach business goals
- Task delegation and management
- Setting and maintaining clear and fair expectations
- Holding your team accountable for doing their jobs correctly and on time
- Ensuring a safe and legally compliant workplace
- Handling team conflict and/or complaints
- Providing regular feedback (positive and constructive) with each team member
- Leading your team through change and adversity
- Ensuring your team is being heard and feels respected
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, my friend! Before diving in head first, make sure you understand your new role and you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches.
Yes, hiring a team is a huge responsibility and one you shouldn’t take lightly. Once you’ve determined that you truly do want to hire a team, then you may start to experience a lot of fear.
I can help you quell some of that anxiety! Book a 90-minute people planning strategy session with me and we can talk through the process.
Just like anything else we do in business, hiring and leading a team has a learning curve. Find out how to overcome the 5 most common fears about hiring in this guest blog post I wrote for Lauren Carns to help ease some of those worries and help you reach your goals.
Hiring and leading a team can be (and is!) a hugely rewarding experience. You should fully understand and commit to your new responsibilities before hiring your first team member.
Your future team will thank you for taking the time to step back, reflect and prepare for this important new role in your business!