A lot of things compete for an entrepreneur’s time, especially during the early stage of business. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you have an ‘A- team’ working in your business. As such, as an entrepreneur knowing how to build a team for your business is of the utmost importance.
Building a business with the wrong set of people can cause major setbacks for the business. You need to ensure that you select members of your team carefully; be thorough with the hiring process.
Here are tips to guide entrepreneurs through the process of how to build a team for your business.
Have a strategic vision for your business
Have clear objectives on why you need a team and what you expect from each member of the team. This gives you a clear idea of what to look out for when building a team.
Startups are hardly ever the first choice for job applicants
The pay and job security in startups is low compared to corporate institutions, this further narrows down the talent pool available for small businesses to hire from. Locate communities (online and offline) where potential members of your team hang out; social media, networking events or your personal network. This can help you easily find people with a passion for what you do, such people can be easily trained to get the job done.
Clearly communicate your vision to team members
Get them to buy into it. This draws commitment and builds passion in them to drive the vision.
The aim should always be to build a single unit
Each individual on the team should be dedicated to not only accomplishing their own tasks but that of their team mates. Team members should be able to wear multiple hats and adapt to the ever dynamic nature of startups. Introduce them to online tools for better organization and efficient communication internally and externally.
Team members should go beyond people on your payroll
Build your team to include people that provide you with support – advisory, investment, emotional (family and friends), vendors and a customer network.
Put together trainings and team bonding sessions
Create a work environment that rewards creativity and nurtures resourcefulness.
Do a thorough background check
On social media as well as google. This gives you an insight on what kind of team player they will be. It lets you in on what their views on life might be, as well as their character and moral conduct. Take this seriously as character/attitude is an important factor to consider when hiring as a startup.
The kind of positive energy members of your team can draw from.
Be an exemplary leader
In character and excellence.
Trust your instincts
If you don’t feel good about hiring a particular person on your team, don’t! If a candidate has all it takes for the role, but you feel off about him or her, let the person go. You always have to be on the same page with members of your team.
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