5 Tips for Healthy Start-ups Apr 21, 2015 15:44:27 GMT -6
Post by URBAN FARMING on Apr 21, 2015 15:44:27 GMT -6
"If you run a young startup looking to grow, recruitment can be a scary task to contemplate. In this case, one of the best things you can do for yourself, and your business, is to learn from the successful CEOs who have already gone before you.
Below, I’ve pulled together five great pieces of wisdom from business owners and managers who have “been there, done that.” Hopefully, they’ll provide some much-needed insight as you make the transition from solopreneur to employer.
1. Recruitment continuously to cultivate a pipeline of talent. According to David Chait, founder and CEO of Travefy.com, “To avoid any hiring lags, startups should always be on the hunt for new talent -- preferably also with an entrepreneurial
spirit.” Chait’s idea that the best hires for growing startups are those with a similar entrepreneurial bent is important, but what strikes me even more about his advice is his emphasis on the importance of continual recruitment.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself in the unfortunate position before of needing the right person, right now. Good recruitment, on the other hand, takes time. If you aren’t continually filling your pipeline with strong candidates,
you’re going to wind up scrambling at some point or another to fill a much-needed spot -- and you’re going to risk filling it with the wrong person just to get a body in the seat.
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I’ve learned from my past mistakes -- hopefully sharing this will prevent you from making the same ones. As a growing business owner, you simply can’t afford to ever stop recruiting. Learning how to hire effectively is one of most important
things you can do as an entrepreneur.
2. Be transparent about your needs. One of the most difficult aspects of startup recruitment is that the needs of a growing company can evolve quickly -- potentially leaving team members behind if their skills are no longer required.
Firas Kitteneh, CEO at One Mall Group, suggests being up front about this challenge, saying, “To hire the perfect new team member, fully disclose current expectations for the role being filled and how that may change as the business
evolves and pivots.” Not only will being open about potential shifts in your business needs encourage motivated employees to continuously improve their skill sets, it helps you weed out more traditionally-minded prospects from those with the
entrepreneurial mindset Chait referred to earlier. Far from discouraging candidates from accepting offers with your company, sharing your vision for your business’s future challenges will help align you with the prospects who are most likely to
be able to handle these changes."
*Written by Eric Siu, Quoted from and for additional tips please visit: www.entrepreneur.com/article/245282