Starting a new business with like-minded people who share the same vision and philosophies is not always easy. The key to successful business is recruiting top talent. Here are few steps to use when building your start-up dream team.
Identify positions – The most important members of your team are the founders. Before hiring anyone else, you and your co-founder have to settle on how decisions will be made within the start-up. Once that has been agreed upon, you should identify the positions needed to complete your team. Jobs in SEO, sales & marketing, programming, account management, and project management are just a handful of examples of positions that need to be filled. In an IT business, it wouldn’t make sense to hire five project managers and not a single programmer.
Identify candidates – Search the candidates based on their experience, willingness to join on a limited salary, whether you know them directly or through your contacts and their passion or liking to work on your product/service. If you are able to find such people, you will have a dream team.
Contractors Vs. full timers – When starting out, you may not have to hire full-time employees. You also may be able to hire people on a part-time basis who are excellent at what they do. It’s safer than taking the chance on a full-time employee who may not deliver. Having people as contractors at the beginning and then moving to full-time employees is the best way to leverage a full set of skills for your business.
Lead employees to strive for the best – After you hire your employees; you need to be their role model and motivator. Little competitiveness is good for your business.
Value individual strengths – Each person is a vital member of the team, so you need to help them recognize how they can best support the group. It’s important to nurture them along the way and make each person feel important.
Promote a supportive culture – The mental pressures of meeting an ambitious goal, especially when you’re working long hours can be harder than physical hurdles. Readily available support from everyone, not just the leader, holds a team together when the pressure mounts.
When you and your employees together enjoy the process of growing your business and reap its benefits, you have developed a winning team!