There’s an old saying that the best time to plant an oak tree is 50 years ago. The second best time is today.
Hiring the first person to assist you in your business, however, is a completely different matter.
When Deciding When to Start Your Team Give it Time.
In much the same way you shouldn’t begin buying expensive programs you don’t know how to use the day you set up your website, you should’t start your team by hiring the first person you think will help you grow your business.
In both situations, you won’t know what you need until you’ve been working your business for a little bit of time. You need to figure out what you like to do, what you hate to do and what you just plain can’t do. You need to identify your holes.
The Difference Between “Don’t Want to Do” and “Can’t Do” When Building Your Team
Starting a new online business can be tough. There are a lot of moving pieces. While it might be tempting to start your team by hiring someone to help you figure out how to make it all work, in many cases, you can use free online tutorials to get yourself going. You may find that what seemed confusing at first actually comes pretty easily with a little bit of practice.
On the other hand, you will come across some tasks you literally cannot do. Things like video editing take a special amount of skill and equipment to be done well. If you don’t have the skills, programs and equipment necessary, hiring someone else can be a more economical solution than trying to figure out how to do it yourself.
Here’s the deal: When figuring out when to hire someone, you first need to access your skills and the time you have available to complete the tasks most important to the successful running of your business.
Ultimately, you want to build a team that covers all of the tasks you both aren’t able to do AND the tasks you don’t like to do, but when you’re first getting started, you’ll need to maximize the impact of your outsourcer dollars.
Tell me: Are you more likely to hire someone for tasks you can do but dislike (and figure out the other stuff yourself) or to hire some one for the things you don’t know how to do (and push through your dislike of certain tasks and do them yourself)? Leave a comment below!
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