Hiring Great Employees

  • AUTHOR: StartupNation Writer
  • DATE: 04/22/2005

When starting a business, it's almost a sure thing that there will
be twists, turns and bumps along the way. The most important move you
can make as an entrepreneur is to realize your strengths and weaknesses
and then go about hiring great employees to fill in the gaps and
complete the picture. While most big corporations have numerous people
with overlapping responsibilities, the majority of small businesses
have very few employees. In fact, the last U.S. Census reports that
small businesses with fewer than ten employees make up 78% of all
employers. That means every move of every employee counts, so here are
our suggestions to help you in hiring great employees for your business
success:

Recruit "superstars" only

By hiring
great people in each position, your odds of success go way up. You
don’t have a cushion of extra time or leftover resources so it’s
essential that every employee be an extremely capable “superstar” at
what he or she does and be well coordinated with the rest of the team
activities.

Make a recruitment list

Always
keep your feelers out, and make a target list of the twelve most
valuable superstars you would like to recruit and continuously work
those relationships. We actually found some of our best employees
through other small business contacts. That’s why it’s a good idea to
regularly attend networking events, and ask for referrals from
customers, business associates, competitors, and current staff members.

Review your plan with candidates

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Superstar
people seek more than monetary compensation, such as being part of the
team and taking pride in their achievements. That’s why it’s a good
idea to walk through your business plan with potential great employees,
but be sure to appeal to their goals, rather than just asking them to
meet yours.

Get help from your team

Why not tap
into the minds of your current employees? Every person in your business
should develop (and share) their own list of 12 superstars that they
would like to see added to the team.

Hire “potential”

If
you're cash-strapped, hire "potential". You can always find skilled
freelancers or hire and train less experienced workers who have
enthusiasm, passion and intelligence. Superstars learn like lightning
and can quickly make up for limited experience.

We get a
huge rush when we use our instincts and ability to recognize a new
business opportunity or great people. As an entrepreneur, you’re always
somewhere between total failure and outrageous success. We’ve been
close to failure our fair share of times, and in those moments when we
were living on fumes of cash reserves, responding to aggressive
competitors, facing tough economic times, and dealing with other
stressful situations, it has been proven to us over and over that our
extraordinary team of people is the most valuable asset we have. Take the time to find superstar performers, go about hiring great employees, and your business will reap the benefits!

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