When you start out as a new business, and even more so when you start expanding, you’re going to need to think seriously about hiring people to help you out. People are the core of any business so you want to make sure that you get the right kind of people for your business. Below are our top tips on how to ensure that you hire the best people for you.
Be clear about the culture you want to create
Every new business should have a culture and ethos that they want to be known for. Think about what this is for your brand and try to find individuals who fit this ethos. It can be worth hiring people who are less talented but fit the company culture more. Remember that you are a new business and people can be trained over time, but that spirit which suits your culture will be harder to find. On a slightly different note it could be that you meet someone who you think will challenge your business culture but in a good way. If you can see potential in their way of thinking, and think it may help expand your business, then go for it. It’s always good to have a mix of ways of thinking in one business.
If you want to evoke a fun and playful work environment then be fun and playful when you are interviewing. A lot of new businesses ask fun questions to their potential employees to lighten the mood. For example, ‘What’s your spirit animal and why?’ This shows the prospective candidate that you too know how to have fun and it can really help to put them at ease in what can be a stressful situation.
Flexible working conditions are a must have for modern day businesses. Gone are the days where employees are happy to sit at their desk from nine till five. People will be attracted to your business if you offer flexibility in where and how people work. You want the individuals in your company to feel valued and a lot of people will respect an employer who understands that due to personal circumstances you may prefer an earlier start with an early finish or you’d really benefit from one day a week working from home. Offering flexible hours and conditions shows that you are human and that you understand the needs of the individual.
As you’re a small business you do need to make sure that the people you hire are the right people for your business. Don’t just settle for anyone because you need to fill positions. You’ll be much better off taking the time to find the right person instead of letting someone in who will ultimately not benefit your business. Also, remember to keep hiring as your business grows. If you can afford more people then get them in! Fresh minds are great for any expanding business and can help with growth.
Networking is incredibly important for new businesses. Most start up businesses begin with a base of ten to fifteen people who essentially know each other in some way. Ask around your friends, other colleagues and people you trust and see if they know anyone who is looking for a job. Word of mouth is a great way to get your business idea out there and entice people to get in contact. If someone you trust recommends someone they know they are most likely going to be a good candidate. Also think about what kind of people you want and go out and meet them. Set up networking nights on social media which explain a bit about your business and get people to come meet you. You never know who’s out there looking for a new business to join!
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