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Your First Hire: Choose Wisely

Your First Hire: Choose WiselyCongratulations.

Your business has been growing. Customers are flowing in and you’ve been working 80 hours a week. You know that it’s time to add someone to the team, but you’re petrified. You don’t want to hire the wrong person. I don’t blame you.

This is your baby. You want to do it right.

Don’t give in to the fear. If this truly makes sense for you, then its time to pull the trigger. The whole point of a new hire is to break through your current achievement ceiling. You’re scaling beyond your control and you need someone to come on the team and save you from your 80 hour work week.

You have two choices:

Hire a Follower

Followers are great. They’ll do everything you tell them to do in the exact manner in which you tell them to do it. They’ll stuff envelopes, manage databases, file paperwork, and so on. You can put this living, breathing robot to work and they’ll knock all of that out for you.

The problem with the follower, however, is that you’re not paying them to think. They’ll walk your business off of a proverbial cliff if you let them. The follower will require constant oversight and management. They’re inefficient by default and hardly cost effective.

If you’re in a position where you simply need a follower, hire a virtual assistant. This person can cover all of that trivial work for a fraction of the cost. My friend Erica Cosminsky can tell you all about that in her upcoming book.

Hire a Leader

The leader will do everything you tell them to do, but will intelligently question why and how they do it. They’ll find more efficient and inventive ways to do the work. They’ll even tweak and optimize your systems. The result? You get an employee that scales with your business.

The leader can be dangerous in fantastic ways. If you intentionally train, develop, and empower them, they will carry your business to new levels. They will essentially become the second you. I don’t know about you, but I would love the ability to be in two places at once.

This first hire can be the most critical one in the life of your business. If you’re in it for the long haul, which I suspect you are, then you need to hire a leader.

So How Do I Do That?

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