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9 Mistakes To Avoid When Hiring Employees

Season #1 Episode #268

Episode #268

Overview

One of the hardest parts of growing your business is handing off the work that you've mastered and hiring an employee that will allow you to grow and scale your business. This week on the Grow Your Video Business Podcast, Ryan breaks down 9 mistakes everyone should avoid when it comes to hiring employees. When should you hire? What is their role? What are their goals? Ryan uncovers some tips and tricks from almost two decades of experience to help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls when it comes to growing your business.  

Key Takeaways

  • There are different ways of hiring, and maybe hiring someone full-time and overwhelming this person with a lot of tasks is not the best idea.
  • Creating processes and procedures early in your business is extremely important before thinking about hiring someone.
  • Staying true to your core values should be the main idea behind your hiring process.
  • You don’t need to hire full-time right away, you can always bring someone on part-time at first.

In this Episode

  • How to define roles [07:57]
  • Being clear on what success means [15:50] 
  • The importance of daily check-ins [22:49] 
  • Weekly/Monthly Strategy Meetings [29:27] 
  • Hiring out of Desperation [31:30] 
  • Medical / Health Insurance [35:10]
  • Creating Processes & Procedures [38:18] 
  • Feast or Famine [39:40] 

Quotes

[2:13] "Creatives in general that start businesses don’t charge enough…They didn’t go to business school, so they don’t know how to market themselves…They feel salesy when they’re talking about what they do…they just hope people hire them…And that’s a really hard way to build a business that is sustainable, that can support itself, and that can grow."

[13:35] "As a solopreneur, you sit in all of the seats, and that's fine for a little while until you get too crazy and too busy. The ideal company in my mind is to get you out of all of those seats to where you're just an owner. The business can run without you and you're living the dream."

[32:33] "What's the one area that if you could get help in that you could hire for it? OK, is that a 40 hour week thing?...If somebody could just check your email for you and that would save you like eight hours a week, do you think you could hire somebody for just eight hours?"

[32:51] "The lie that I used to believe is that when we go to hire, we have to hire somebody full-time. That is not the case, and even so much more today, post-pandemic there are so many people that work from home, there are so many stay at home moms or stay at home dads that would love two hours, four hours, eight hours, ten hours of work."

Links

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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, by Michael E. Gerber

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business, by Patrick Lencioni

Rocket Fuel, by Gino Wickman

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