No matter how smart you are and what type of business you have, you can’t do the work all alone. You need someone to help you.
Building a great team brings you one step closer to success. But how to find the employees who will be loyal, hard-working and passionate about what they do? The question is tricky.
Nowadays many entrepreneurs avoid hiring Millennials, while others choose only them. It all depends on the entrepreneur and their abilities to communicate with people of different ages.
One thing is clear, though – no one wants to build a team of lazy employees who are interested in paychecks and nothing more.
Although it takes powerful leadership to build a successful team, anyone can do it.
I speak from my own experience. When I started working in the company, I was an inexperienced employee who knew nothing about entrepreneurship.
I had to learn many hard lessons during the first few months of my work, including team building skills.
I thought it would be easy to build my team, but when I interviewed the first 50 potential job candidates, I realized I wouldn’t be able to choose the best ones for the company.
I was afraid of failure and my boss’s criticism. But I had no choice. Since it was a long process (it took me 4 months to build my first team) and I committed tons of mistakes.
Luckily, I learned from my mistakes and my boss wasn’t angry with my wrong candidate choices. I read books, I consulted specialists, I developed good speaking skills and I practiced every evening without hesitation.
Recently, I have built another team that is much more successful than the previous one and that has already brought tons of money into the company.
If you are looking to create your own team and don’t want to fail like I did at my first attempt, here are several important tips to follow:
Decide on what you need for your company
Let me tell you about a successful entrepreneur friend of mine who has survived difficult times hiring new employees.
He hired them without knowing what and whom he needed for his company. He hired 30 employees and paid them salaries for nothing.
He simply wasted his money. He didn’t know how many employees he needed and who was going to do what. In reality, he needed only 10 productive people in his company.
Many entrepreneurs run to an extreme and hire as many employees as possible because they think it’s a sign of a successful company.
Quantity is important, yes, but the quality is a must. I know many entrepreneurs who run a successful business with as little as 3 employees.
Stop caring about the numbers. Focus on your company’s needs.
Start with the most important position
Let’s say you need a manager who will help you build an efficient team and you need a secretary who will receive and make the calls and make you coffee.
What position is the most important?
Of course, you need a manager first. When it comes to building a successful team, priorities are essential too.
Hire each employee depending on the importance of their position.
Know where to find
It’s easier to hire your family members, relatives, friends and friends of your friends, etc. But this is the biggest mistake you can commit when building your team.
Don’t look for employees around you; look for professionals or beginners that have the same career goals and passion as you.
If you want to find professionals, skip the newspapers, Internet bulletin boards and classified ads. Skillful employees rarely list themselves in the newspaper sections.
Determine the major personality traits
Even the most professional employee can ruin your entire team (if not the company) if they possess more negative traits than positive ones.
Toxic people create too much drama, gossips and lower a team’s productivity. I declined many skillful candidates because of their toxic thoughts, beliefs, and habits.
The next thing to consider is whether to hire an employee who has past work experience or someone who just graduated from college/university.
Both options are great, yet there’s a huge difference in work performance and paycheck number.
An employee who has some past work experience is going to ask for a raise as soon as they start working in your company. Plus, they will demand additional things that can greatly affect your company’s budget.
On the other hand, there’s an employee who wants to work hard but no entrepreneur hires them because they have no work experience.
I’m a living proof that it’s better to hire this type of employee. When I came to the company, I had no experience but did a really great job that made my boss richer multiple times. I don’t regret it. I’ve gained precious experience. My boss doesn’t regret hiring me either.
The bottom line: believe in those who have positive traits and passion for working productively despite a large amount of tasks and project difficulties.
While there’s no proven way to interview job seekers correctly, it’s crucial to create your own way that you’re sure will help you find the best talents.
Prepare in advance: read resumes attentively and make a list of questions that will help you reveal each candidate’s behavior attributes, thinking patterns, creative thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. Pay attention to their body language as well.
I also recommend giving a small yet challenging test to check out a candidate’s knowledge and see how they will cope with a difficult task.
If they tell you the task is too difficult or they refuse to do it, say goodbye to them at once. Otherwise, they will let you down during the hardest times.
Your team can make or break your business, which is why hiring is as critical as making a business plan.
Pick your employees carefully to assemble a team to boost success and help your future employees and yourself included become wealthier.
Finding the right people is tricky, so forgive yourself every time you make a wrong choice. Leadership skills come with experience.
Do you think you are great at building an exceptional entrepreneurial team?