Hiring employees or independent contractors is an on-going challenge to many small -mid-size businesses. When, who, what can I afford – all come into play. These are among the most common mistakes I see.
1. What skills and experience do you really need?
Classically, smaller employers want folks to wear multiple hats. There are some people who love doing a variety of types of work each day. But the work combinations must make sense and be right for your organization’s needs.
There may be a terrific sales person who is happy to be doing administrative work half of the time – but I have not met such a combination of attributes.
Two part-timers or outsourcing each area to experts or some combination makes far more sense in situations where the work needs are very different.
2. I hate to do sales… and other tasks you dislike
I often see founders who really dislike marketing and sales work. I am not too thrilled with it myself. But in most cases, the best business developer for the business is the founder or top executive. Potential clients want to know you before they will consider hiring your firm.
This can be true of other critical business aspects as well. If your business is highly technical, clients want to see the that founder or CEO knows the technology.
And are you really ready to give up these responsibilities? Many aren’t when it comes down to doing so – and they micromanage and wonder why they are not getting their own time back or the results desired. Giving up critical parts of your job is often more difficult than you expect.
In these cases of things that you dislike doing , you may need to hire support. But […]