One way to grow your business is to hire a dream team of independent contractors to take care of your daily business tasks while you focus on your clientele and marketing efforts. However, if hiring anyone sounds like a daunting task, just follow these tips for the best results.
1. Know What You Want
Don’t start the hiring process until you know exactly what position you want and what their tasks will be. For example, hire a Virtual Assistant to manage your inbox and to send out your monthly email newsletter. Hire a Graphic Designer for your website graphics, eBook graphics, etc. Hire a Webmaster who is your technical guru in all things related to how your website runs and who can fix any technical glitches or server issues.
Get the picture? Get specific about what you want and need, then start looking for candidates.
2. Ask for Referrals and Check References
Ask some of your business acquaintances if they have referrals. Start making a list and do some preliminary research by checking their websites and reading testimonials. Of course, keep in mind that testimonials will only show the praise for your candidate so be objective once you start the interview process. Always ask for references and make a point of calling those people. This is the business that you’re entrusting to this unknown entity; you want only the most trustworthy people on your team so check references.
3. Plan for an Interview Process
First, you need to publicize your opening. Then you need to wait for job proposals to come in. Next, you need to interview your ideal candidates. Lastly, make a decision and make an offer. How quickly you proceed through this process is up to you but make time to speak with each of your candidates, especially if everything on their website looks perfect and ideal. Sometimes you need to speak with someone to get a feel for how they operate and how they conduct themselves professionally.
If you plan on publicizing your opening far and wide, whittle down your candidate list by giving them specific directions to follow when submitting their proposal or resume. Those who can’t follow simple directions will knock themselves out of the running.
4. Give Your Candidates a Simple Task to Complete
If you’re having a tough time deciding between candidates or if you want to simply test their skills, give them a small task to complete. Evaluate if they followed your directions; were their mistakes; did they meet your deadline; is there anything you would have changed about any of these submissions. Go one step further and give them feedback along with a change in the project to see how they handle receiving constructive criticism.
5. Sign a Contract
Once you make a hiring decision, send a simple contract to your new hire, indicating a start date and what tasks they will handle. Write out your expectations of the new team member as well “make or break” items which will lead to voiding the contract. With a contract, there is no guesswork involved.
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I hear from people every single day who want to invest in their business and hire a dream team but they’re afraid of wasting money on the process. Remember, if you want to really grow and attract wealth and more earnings to your business, you have to give up some tasks so you can focus on those opportunities. This means investing in yourself and your business.