I have hired before.
I hired because that was the only indication that the business was growing. More people means more right? and more means growth. She was a fantastic employee. Unfortunately, I hired too early on in the business to sustain her. I was using all my money paying her salary. Actually, I needed help to pay her salary as the business was not able to afford her. In retrospect I kept her longer than I ought to.
After hiring her I went the extreme opposite. I did everything by myself. I still do everything by myself. How could I get people when I could not afford them? That was and still continues to be my biggest predicament. I feel horrible telling people to work without pay. I felt that I was the only one who was passionate enough to work for free. You see Inteco cannot afford me yet either. But, it is ok because that’s my baby. That is my vision. Who can love your child more than you?
It took me a long time to realize that there are people out there who can share the same passion and drive as you. There are people just as passionate about the initiative Inteco is trying to set up. I just need to find them. That is where I find myself in this journey. I know a lot of you are also in the same situation.
Should you start with a team so that you can grow the business with a shared vision?Should you start alone and refine the vision so that you can communicate better? Do you start with one person or do you get the entire team all at the same time? What should your team members have? How do you know what you are looking for? Do you just Google office administrator and use that as your guideline? How do you evaluate if your team is been effective? Do you have these criteria before or do you make it up as you go along?
There are many, many more questions that I need answers to. Not in the context of business alone but, specifically entrepreneurial start up. Where in my situation there is great uncertainty and limited capacity.
Should I have all of the above questions answered first before I recruit or should I figure it out as I go along? What do you think I should do?
Until next time,