How to Build a Team of “A” Players

As much as we entrepreneurs will try, we can’t do it all alone. No small business becomes a big business with a single person at the wheel. It takes a team of experts to scale your efforts. 

The challenge? Building that team brings its own stress. 

How do you know who to trust? Where will you find the time to train? What if you can’t afford to outsource? 

These and other questions are what prevent eventpreneurs like us from turning a good business into a 6- or even 7-figure empire. Here’s what we can do about it. 

Know Your Personal Work Style & Preferences

Not everyone works in a similar style. Some people love to touch base by phone, while others prefer email. Some people require lots of direction and step-by-step guidance, others work better when they can figure it out on their own. 

No way is right or wrong, but if you’re a phone person and you hire an email lover, there’s going to be conflict. 

Look for team members who are a fit with your preferred work style, and you’ll be much happier with the end result. 

Commit to the Effort

Hiring a team takes time. Not only do you have to spend time looking for the right person, interviewing several candidates, and onboarding your final choice, but you also have to train your new team member. 

Remember, no matter how skilled your new hire might be, he/she’s never worked in your business, so there will be a learning curve. Encourage them to ask questions, and take the time to answer carefully. Expect mistakes—at least in the beginning—and build enough time in your schedule to allow for fixing them. 

The effort and time you put in up front is well worth it when you have a team you can count on. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Cut Ties

Know that not everyone you hire will be a good fit. As a business owner, it’s up to you to do the right thing for your business growth (and your own stress levels) and sometimes that means moving on from a relationship that’s not working. 

Remember, it’s business, not personal. Sometimes even the best-looking applicant turns out to be all wrong, and that’s okay. Learn from the experience, and use that knowledge for the next hire. 

Finally, Start Small. 

While you might dream of working two hours per day and taking entire summers off, it’s unrealistic to think you can go from 12-hour days to stress free entrepreneurship in a few short weeks. 

Start by hiring one person to take on the tasks you most dislike, then slowly grow your team and their responsibilities. Eventually, you’ll be left with only the work you truly want to do (and within your zone of genius) and your business will run even more smoothly. 

Please tell us, who was your first hire?

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