When you started your business, you might have thought that one day, if things went to plan, you’d be in a position to hire someone. Now, you’re a bit further down the line and things have come on leaps and bounds. Work is coming in fast and actually, you have more than you can handle.
Therein lies the problem.
It’s becoming more than you can handle.
“I’ll have to employ someone someday” has fast become “I need to hire someone NOW!”
Let’s look at the signs that you are ready to hire someone.
Are you so busy that you’re having to turn work down? This is a definite sign that you’re ready to hire someone. If you try to do everything on your own, it’s going to prevent your business from growing. After all, you’re limited by the hours in a day that you can physically work.
Hiring someone will take some of the load off you and it will also mean that you won’t have to turn down those dream contracts that might just up-level your business.
The second sign that you’re ready to hire someone is you feel burned out and you’ve lost that passion you had at the start.
Think back to how things were at the beginning. You probably didn’t mind working long hours, sacrificing family and leisure time, and giving all of your emotional and physical resources to the business. You probably told yourself ‘It’s not going to be forever.’
But now it feels like it’s been forever.
You spend far too much time sweating the small stuff every day instead of the things that are going to help you grow your business.
Your family never see you, and any rare downtime you do get, you’re usually still working, in one form or another.
You feel drained and things can’t go on as they are. If your passion has gone, it’s so important that you get it back because it’s your passion that will set you apart and keep you going in the challenging times.
If you feel like you’ve seriously lost your mojo, it’s a definite sign that you need to hire someone to help you with the day-to-day things you get bogged down in. Then you get to spend more time doing the things that matter.
The next sign that you need to hire someone is you’re getting complaints from clients. Remember what I said at the beginning about having more work than you can handle? Well if you’re constantly spinning plates and spreading yourself too thin, it will show.
It could be that you’re failing to meet deadlines more often, or you’re making mistakes because you don’t have the time to give projects the attention they need. Either way, it’s a sign you need a helping hand.
The last thing you want is word getting around that you are unreliable or that your work is not up to scratch. Hiring someone will help keep your clients happy as well as give you some much-needed breathing space.
Speaking of breathing space, are you spending far too much time on tasks that keep you ‘busy’ but stop you from doing the things that are going to take your business forward?
This is the fourth sign that you are ready to hire someone.
Even if you believe that you are the only person on earth who can do the jobs exactly how you want them done, I promise you, it’s not true.
If more of your day is eaten up by ‘busy’ tasks that you could easily train someone else to do, you need to hire someone.
‘But training someone takes time’ I hear you say, and that’s true. But for a small investment of time, you could get a huge return, the main one being that you get your time back.
You can then spend your time doing those things that will help you grow the business and light that fire in you again.
If you’re still on the fence about hiring someone, it is understandable. You might think about the extra work and obligations you’ll have once you become an employer and yes, these can feel overwhelming and confusing to navigate. Not to mention the financial cost of hiring someone, which can be a real concern, particularly for small employers.
But if you want to grow your business and achieve your goals, can you afford not to hire someone?
So I want to ask:
Are you ready to hire your first employee?
Are you confused about where to start and how to make sure you’ve got the basics in place?
Then fast forward to actually having an employee, and maybe eventually a team… after all, it’s in the five-year plan. How will you manage your people with confidence and keep them motivated?
My Managers Academy membership provides you with a blueprint to becoming the best employer you can be, and getting the best out of your people.
You’ll get bitesize online videos that will guide you through the things you need to think about and how to put them into action. Along with the videos, you’ll get workbooks and templates designed to make life as a new employer easier.
As well as this, there’ll be live virtual training in the month, an accountability call to keep you on track, and access to a supportive Facebook community that you can dip into as often as you like for help, advice, and to share any lightbulb moments.
You may have started your business on your own, but you don’t have to go it alone forever, especially if you need help taking those important next steps that are going to take you to where you want to be.
The Managers Academy is your roadmap to building a successful business and a team who are ready and willing to get behind you to help you achieve your goals.
Using everything I’ve learned over 30 plus years in operational management, I’ll help you remove anything that’s blocking your success. Imagine the feeling of not having to use guesswork when it comes to employing people and growing your business. Imagine things running smoothly and having your dream team of people helping you bring your vision to life every day.
Stop imagining, and stop floundering.
Find out how being a ‘Managers Academy’ member could transform your business.
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This is The People Mentor, signing off.