Starting or building a business can be a challenge. Deciding which positions can help you build that business can be even more of a challenge. Each hire depends on a number of factors and the positions you fill or don’t fill, can affect your ROI now and in the future. These factors may not be immediately obvious to those without formal HR Training.
Some of these factors include:
- The size of your business
- The type of your business
- Growth goals for your business
- Business priorities
- Future projects
But, considering all these factors at once can be a little overwhelming, especially when you know you need to hire someone. So, start by asking yourself a few questions and going from there.
What Projects Do You Have Coming Up?
Sometimes, your hires should depend on your upcoming projects and your timeline for those projects. You will need to hire as many people as you will need to meet the requirements and demands of the upcoming project.
Project managers may be needed to keep a project on task and owners should not shy away from hiring the right amount of people to fill needs. Taking on a project of a certain size means promising you have to capacity to meet the demands of the project. Use the timeline to determine when each person should be brought on and if you can space out each hire.
If you’re not sure if the position is critical or could be permanent, consider hiring contract workers with the stipulation they may or may not transition to full-time in the future.
Where is Your Immediate Need
“Hiring is made when there is a need to fill a position and the focus should be on where the immediate need is,” Irelis Arias, Director of Human Resources at HRdirect. It doesn’t take HR training to recognize where your needs are as a business owner. Don’t be afraid to hire someone to fill an immediate need. Many small business owners are afraid of overstaffing. But, if there’s a need, due to the projects mentioned above or due to the loss of an employee, that work will fall onto the plates of other employees and overwork them and potentially cause them to leave.
So, take a moment to look at the work that is being pushed on to other employees. If a large percentage of their time is spent on work that doesn’t match their job description or their expertise, concentrate on filling that need.
Can You Do Sales?
Or, can you do marketing? If you are a startup hiring your very first positions, ask yourself, which positions can you do yourself without stretching yourself too thin? If you are the business owner, you should be making sales. No one knows your company better than you, and no one can share your vision exactly the way you see it. If you can only take on one position by yourself, sales should be it. If you are getting sales by referrals and word of mouth, you may not need a marketing person right away, and you can be using those sales as marketing opportunities and selling your business yourself, without a marketing person.
If you know for sure that you need to hire someone though, an Operations Manager may be the best place to start. This role can take on the little tasks you just don’t have time for and, if you hire them early enough, can learn the business and eventually know it as well as you. An HR professional can help you recognize if filling this position would be lucrative.
The first positions you hire will depend on the type of business you have and the size of your business.
If you’re just starting out, it can take time to recognize where your needs are and which areas you should focus on and if you feel you can’t afford to take that time, hiring HR services to help you recognize those needs is a great place to start. Whether you bring them on temporarily or to keep them on long-term, they have the HR Training you might lack.