When running a small business, one of the the biggest transition periods you’ll go through is when you come to build a team of your own staff to work for you. This can, not only be a daunting process, but also one that you have to think about carefully and strategically, because the team you have can make or break your business and help with the overall day to day running of the business.

In this post, we want to provide you with some useful tips on what to do when it comes to building a team, and how to hire the right people so that your company can thrive.

Think about the work culture

Creating your work culture from the very early stages of your business is very important in setting the overall tone of your company, and will in fact, become part of your branding. Do you want to have a flexible and family working culture where people can come and go as they please as long as the work gets done, or does your business and your clients require more in the way of having a routine in place? Whilst there’s certainly no right or wrong, you need to identify the kind of work culture you’ll have so that you can attract the right people who will align with your company when you’re building your team.

Know your goals

As with everything in business, and in fact life, having goals is always a good idea, in fact it’s pretty crucial to success. When it comes to building a team, things are no different. For example, do you want to allow your employees the opportunity to work from home and build a remote team, or do you want to have everything in house. Creating things like time and attendance schedules may be something that’s important to you, or you may only need the work to get done within a certain period, so when people show up doesn’t really matter. Also, maybe you want to build a sales team and have them hit a certain target each month, then think about what kind of people you’ll need to hire for this.

Set aside a budget

It’s no secret that hiring a team will cost you money. So setting aside a budget for this is crucial. Firstly, you’ll have to make sure that it actually makes sense for your business to hire a team, and if not, then maybe just hire freelancers as and when you need them until it’s something you realistically foresee in your budget. If you do want to hire in-house or full time staff, then the best thing you can do is check things like job boards and see what the average going rate for that particular job is to make sure you can afford it. Likewise, if you’re only going to hire freelance contractors, then ask around for their day rates to see what’s workable for you.

Hopefully this post helps you identify some key issues that you might come in contact with when it comes to building your team for your business so you’re better prepared to deal with them.

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