This is a guest post from Kelly Azevedo. I first discovered Kelly when she was interviewed on the web show Mixergy. I love finding ways to streamline processes and make things more efficient, so when I found out that Kelly was a systems engineer who specialized in helping small business owners improve their operations, I was immediately hooked!
In this post, Kelly shares her tips for making the hiring process easier. If you find this info useful, be sure to check out her new video series 5 Days to Finding Fabulous Help for Your Online Business. Though the series focuses on online business, many of the tips she shares apply to bricks-and-mortar businesses as well. ~Carmen
Small business owners struggle with many issues, but one of the biggest challenges is finding help (even in a down economy) that is reliable and trustworthy.
In my experience working with successful entrepreneurs, problems in hiring nearly always come down to one common source which is both easy to identify and difficult to fix… it’s you!
Not to worry, it’s me as well.
Most owners are unprepared to be the manager and fall into the role suddenly when the business becomes too much to manage alone.
This pressure, combined with a lack of experience, can lead to disastrous hiring decisions.
Let’s cover the three most common problems in hiring, along with some strategies for overcoming them so you can hire the support your business needs this week.
Mistake 1: Not Thinking Through the Needs of the Business First.
It’s very common for business owners to think in terms of who is “out there” needing a job. For example, the stay-at-home mom who could do projects during nap time. Or the college student who is online between 10 pm and 2 am and knows some Photoshop. [Read more...]