You’ve hit a ceiling.
You’ve come to the point in your creative business where you can’t possibly squeeze in more tasks in your day. You can’t possibly make more products unless you stop sleeping. And, this means that you’ve hit a financial ceiling. Without more time to do the work that you’re really good at, you can’t make more money.
Are you this person? If you’re not at this point yet, you’ll hopefully get to this place. The place where your creative business is so rocking that you can’t keep up with demand.
At this point, you might get scared.
You might be scared to let someone work on the business that you’ve poured your heart and soul into. You might be scared to trust someone. You might be scared of changing your routine. You might be scared, because you want to make sure that you can actually afford to hire someone. Or, you just might be scared because this is something new.
I see this happen a lot with consulting clients. They know that they need to delegate some tasks even if that just means hiring a virtual assistant—but they put it off and put it off.
Once you’re ready to make that transition to bring somebody onto your team, you want to make sure that you don’t make the number one mistake that people make when hiring, and that mistake is to rush it.
Don’t rush it.
If you’ve waited until you’re completely overwhelmed to hire someone, it’s easy to make a rushed decision. It’s easy to pick the first person who seems halfway qualified. It’s hard to hold out until you find the right person.
But, here’s the thing. If you pick the right person, you’ll feel good about your decision. You’ll be able to let go of things easier and trust that person. And, that person will pay for herself over and over.
If you pick the wrong person, you’ll make things harder on yourself—not easier. That overwhelm that you already feel will grow stronger and you’ll be even more stressed.
So, you’re probably wondering how to pick the right person.
That depends on a lot of things. First, you need to know what you want that person to do, so start making note of tasks you’d like to delegate to someone else. Even if you’re not at the place to hire someone to join your team, start thinking about the tasks that you would eventually like to hire out. If you want someone to send out your weekly newsletter and do basic website maintenance, then you probably want to hire a virtual assistant. If you want to hire someone to take pictures of your products and upload your products to Etsy, you’ll need to hire someone locally.
Second, let people know that you’re looking to hire someone with a certain set of skills. Announce it on Twitter and Facebook, put up a blog post, and send out an email newsletter. You can also post the job listing on more traditional sites, but you might have more luck with someone who already knows a thing or two about your business or is referred by someone who already knows your business.
Third, narrow down the candidates. You’ll be able to narrow down the applicants through email correspondence. Thank the obvious “no’s” for their interest and move on.
Fourth, interview the person and pay attention to how you feel. This might sound a little silly, but the feeling you get from somebody can make a big difference. If you’ve got it narrowed down to two or three people and they are all qualified, you want to pick the person who made you feel the best and who seemed to fit right in. At this point, if no one gives you a good feeling, start over. Don’t pick someone just to get help.
Fifth, do a trial run. You don’t always have to do this, but it can be really helpful for certain positions. For instance, if you’re hiring a full-time assistant, you want to make sure that you enjoy being around that person. Anybody can put on a show for a 45 minute interview, so don’t stop there. Ask the person to work for you for a day as a trial run—and pay the person for her time. After spending a day together, you’ll have a better understanding if it’s a good match. Don’t feel bad about saying it isn’t going to work out and starting over.
I can’t say it enough. If you get the right person on your team, you’ll feel less stressed and you’ll probably make more money. If you don’t, you’ll have a major headache on your hands.