It’s the great paradox, right? When you need help in your business it’s usually because you’re overwhelmed already so the idea of adding another job on top of your overflowing plate sounds impossible.
If you’ve delayed hiring help for your business because you just don’t have the time to find and hire the right team then I have 4 strategies for you to use right now.
Strategy #1 – Work a Little Later
It’s counter-intuitive, I know, but instead of sticking to your work hours build in some time for hiring. Remember this is a short term problem that will give you back lots of time in the long run. But here’s the trick! Don’t add on an hour or two to your work day and put hiring at the end of the day. You’ll be tired and maybe cranky or something else will pop up. Schedule this time for hiring in the very beginning of your day (or as early as possible if you have calls first thing). This way your brain is fresh, your focus is clear, and you’re putting your business first.
Letting all the other tasks and projects get in the way of what your business needs is a recurring problem, I’m willing to wager.
Strategy #2 – Get Some Support
If you already have a team member you can trust, then recruit this person to assist in the admin side of hiring. A virtual or personal assistant can sort resumes, send back canned responses, set up interview times and monitor the job posting which makes your task of reading the resumes and selecting candidates to interview much easier.
Some hiring services offer premium help or coaches will help you locate and hire a team member. Consider if this is a wise move for you. Each week that goes by without help in your business is another week you’re unable to grow to the fullest potential. Getting help now goes a long way to seeing your dreams become reality.
Strategy #3 – Stop Overthinking
On Monday I shared some strategies for hiring if you’ve been delaying making a decision. Remember that you don’t need the “perfect cast” for your team from day 1. It’s inevitable that people will grow, others will leave, new people will come.
If you’ve been overthinking and analyzing applicants instead of taking decisive action: knock it off. We know the phrase “hire slow and fire fast” but you actually have to take a chance on hiring because the best candidates aren’t going to wait around for three months while you make your decision.
Strategy #4 – Take an Entire Day for Hiring
This is probably the most extreme strategy, especially if your calendar is crammed full of clients and responsibilities. Pick a day in the next 2 weeks, reschedule everything that’s already on the calendar, and block off the ENTIRE day for hiring your team. You may want to let applicants know they should expect a call from you during a certain time block or set up your Skype account to do interviews all day.
However you do it, by the end of this day you’ll have the team in place to start working and can get back to daily programming.
Hiring does take time and attention, the perfect team will not just fall into your lap like a gift from the heavens. But once you put in the time and focus and select the best people you can for your business right now, you can get down to work to grow to the next level with the support in place.