Today’s entrepreneurs have so many different responsibilities on their plate, but when it comes to starting your own company, one of the biggest challenges that you will undoubtedly have involves building the right team of employees to help you on your professional journey.
Sure, you have the ideas and the foresight to start your new business venture, but even the most talented entrepreneurs need help. The right team can be essential for any entrepreneur looking to get their business off the ground.
Surround yourself with the wrong people, and your company will suffer. Arm yourself with the right team, and you will be on your way to the success you have been looking for.
As you start to build your team, here are some tips my team at Achieve Iconic put together to help you get started:
Take the recruiting process seriously.
The recruiting process is a very tricky endeavor for any entrepreneur, regardless of industry. Make sure that you take the recruiting process very seriously when you start hiring new team members.
Every position is integral to your success, from the secretary on up. Take the time to vet potential candidates, interview people multiple times and check references. It may seem time consuming and exhausting, but it will be more than worth the effort in the end.
Remember the importance of lasting employees .
As you start to build a new team for your company, remember the importance of finding lasting employees. As you look for new talent, pay close attention to individuals who are ready and willing to commit themselves to your company. Do not build your first team with new employees that may be leaving for school or family reasons in the next few years.
Even if you have to pay the right individuals more in order to have them stay with your team, it will be worth it in the end. Lasting employees are important to building a company. The process of re-hiring new individuals for certain spots will only hold you back as you start to build your new company.
Make your vision clear and known.
When you start a company, chances are you have a very clear vision for the future and for where you want to take your startup in the future. When you start to cultivate new team members, it is important that you make your vision known.
Any person you hire to be part of your company needs to understand your vision and be willing to work in accordance with that vision. If they are not onboard with your goals for the future, then they are not the right individuals for your team.
Always keep a lookout for new team members.
It is important to always keep your eyes open for new talent to add to your team. Make sure that you position yourself to bring on someone new, if you need them.
Even if you aren’t desperate to fill a slot, it is important to always be on the lookout for new members to add to your team. You never know when the right person will come around, that will be the perfect new addition to your company.
Focus on skills rather than credentials.
As you start to look for new team members, it can be easy to focus only on a person’s credentials. Instead of just focusing on the credentials listed in a person’s resume, you need to focus on the actual skills that this person has, and try to test these skills accordingly.
Having a job at a prestigious company or attending school a well-known school does not necessarily lead to real, transferable skills. Keep this in mind as you interview individuals so you make sure you end up with the person who has the skills your new company actually needs.
Keep these tips in mind as you build your team and you can be on your way to having the right group behind your new foray as an entrepreneur.
This article has been edited and condensed.
Richard Lorenzen is the CEO of Fifth Avenue Brands, a public relations firm in New York as well as the co-founder of AchieveIconic.com. He has been featured on Forbes, Fox News, Huffington Post, Business Insider and others and speaks nationwide on entrepreneurship and branding. Connect with @rlorenzen on Twitter.
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