Hiring Help: Who, When and How to Bring On Support (GPP 32)


Have you ever heard the phrase “You have to slow down to speed up?” This phrase perfectly summarizes what it’s like to hire a contractor, team, or agency for your business for the first time. Today, Val and I talk about some of the fears that small business owners and solopreneurs around the world often have before hiring someone else for the first time. I know, it’s scary handing over a piece of your business to someone else! However, with the right tools and preparation, you can make the hiring process painless.

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In This Episode You’ll Hear:

  • When and why you might hire someone.
  • Should you hire a “generalist” who can do it all, or a “specialist” who is great at one specific task?
  • How to begin the hiring process. Hint: Make a list of tasks you do in your business, then prioritize that list!
  • What are some ways people can apply for your job?
  • Should you hire another business owner, or someone just looking for a side-hustle gig?
  • Should you pay your new contractor on a per hour, per project, or per month basis?
  • Communication and training your new hire: What should you do and why is it important? How can you train your new hire painlessly? Hint: whip up a few quick how-to videos!

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The TL;DR of the show:

  • Checklists and videos can be your (and your contractor’s) saving grace!
  • When hiring for a long-term task in your business, hire someone for things that you actually know how to do.
  • Understand that you are going to be overwhelmed – but push through it! As Val says, “You have to slow down in your business in order to speed up.”
  • Make sure people are following your very clear instructions. Ignore anyone who doesn’t.

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Val Geisler
Claire Pelletreau

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