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Finding the right people for the right task is a challenge that any company can face, and that difficulty can be particularly acute if you’re a startup. There’s not only the question of how to find the right people, but how to get those people to choose you and your company over any other prospective offers they might have. Hiring can be a tricky puzzle to solve, trying to find people with appropriate skills at the proper salary, but it’s one that once solved can help unlock the future success of your company.
It’s hard to place a definitive timeline on when exactly a company should start hiring; every business is different, and different ventures will have different demands and needs that necessitate help for others at points throughout the process. There are a lot of factors in that determination — money and funding, for one, as well as need and opportunity— and ultimately only you can make the best decision as to what is right for your business. When considering the hiring process, there are a number of moving parts that founders have to consider when putting positions on the market.
When looking at hiring, the first obstacle that any startup faces is your company’s resources, or relative lack thereof. Save for the few startups founded by those who have already made their fortune and are funding the venture from that wealth, most startups have to be budget-conscientious when it comes to hiring in the early stages. While that can feel like a detriment when it comes to attracting the best candidate, the solution to overcoming that issue requires creativity where resources might be lacking. You might not be able to offer the most money, but you can be flexible when it comes to offering perks and benefits that appeal to the type of people you hope to attract.
The lack of a track record is another challenge that startups face when looking at hiring. Potential employees have much to weigh when considering taking a job, and part of those considerations are the longevity of the position and the environment in which they’ll be working — two things that are more or less unknown about your startup. Certain people might be turned off straight away at the idea of working at a startup, and that’s ok; the startup life isn’t for everyone, as you can attest, and you don’t want to hire anyone who isn’t up for the challenge. And therein lies an answer to your problems: finding those people who love the chaos and challenges of startup culture for your company. Whether they be veterans of the startup scene or people referred by others, you want people who know exactly what they’re getting into and willingly walk in relishing the opportunity, long hours and all.
Along those lines, knowing the right type of people to hire for your startup is another consideration for founders. More than just a simple series of responses related to startup experience or relevant skills, it’s taking a broader measure of the person and their qualities as both a worker and a person. You want someone who is motivated and self-disciplined, but you also need someone who is flexible enough to help out in other areas that might be outside their job description or comfort zone if needed, and someone who is a team player willing to pitch in with those sorts of tasks without complaint, even if it means staying a bit later on occasion. It would be terrific if everyone at your company was able to stick to the tasks listed on their job descriptions and walk out of the door at five p.m. sharply, but that isn’t how the startup life works, and you need people who not only understand but are willing to embrace that fact.
Hiring is a difficult process for any company, and a particular challenge for the startup, but it can also be viewed as an opportunity. Rather than seeing the difficulties and potential pitfalls, founders should look at the opportunity to add to their company someone with skill and passion who will add to what you do and will help you to build your business into a success, should you get the hiring process right. #onwards.
June 13, 2019 at 09:06AM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs