When is the right time to hire my first employee?

This is THE million-dollar 💵 question I get asked by loads of small business owners up and down the country!

Savvy entrepreneurs know that they can’t scale their business by themselves. You need people!

So, it’s always super-wise to be thinking about building a dream team to help take your business to the next level 📈

Only YOU know if you’re truly ready to take the plunge. But to help you make the decision (and yes, it is a MAHOOSIVE decision), below are some of the tell-tale signs to look out for 👇

TELL-TALE SIGN NUMBER 1: FAILING TO CLOSE A DEAL DOESN’T BOTHER YOU 🤷

Pulling together a sales pitch is a time-consuming task, right?

It involves organising meetings, getting to know your prospective client, creating a proposal that describes what you’ll do for them, agreeing your pricing, drawing up contracts. The list is endless!

But, if you’re ALREADY crazy busy, your heart might not be in it. Which results in a sales pitch that goes down like a lead balloon 🎈

And, what’s worse, you’re not even bothered. In fact, you’re relieved! Despite the fact that you’ve wasted a shed load of time 🎉

🚩 Is this you? If so, it could be a sign that you’re ready to recruit!

TELL-TALE SIGN NUMBER 2: THE QUALITY OF YOUR WORK IS SLIPPING 📉

Deep down you know when you’re not giving your clients the service they deserve and are paying for.

Are they on your back because you’ve forgotten to do something for them? Maybe you’ve made a mistake they’ve picked you up on? Or, even worse, they’ve complained about something you’ve done or not done? 😡

For many small business owners, this is a terrible position to be in, especially when you like and respect your clients. It can have a detrimental impact on your business, causing you to lose money and damage the reputation you’ve worked tirelessly to build up.

🚩 Is this you? If so, it could be a sign that you’re ready to recruit!

TELL-TALE SIGN NUMBER 3: YOU’RE WORKING CRAZY HOURS 😫

Loads of entrepreneurs work around the clock to get their business off the ground. And now and again, your workload can be totally full on 😱

However, if this becomes the norm, it’s not sustainable 🙅

When you’re working all the hours God sends, without a break, or without a life even – this can lead to burnout. And if you’re not well enough to run your business, then you don’t have a business!

🚩 Is this you? If so, it could be a sign that you’re ready to recruit!

TELL TALE SIGN NUMBER 4: YOU’RE PLATEUING

Have you reached a peak? Are you unable to go any further by yourself?

Many small business owners are doing brilliantly by themselves. But, if they made the leap to hire somebody else, they could take their business to another level, and do it more quickly 📈

In other words, grab more market share, and earn even more money 💷

You may feel like this too?

🚩 Is this you? If so, it could be a sign that you’re ready to recruit!

TELL-TALE SIGN NUMBER 5: YOU’RE SAYING ‘NO’ TO WORK

Oh, the irony! One of the biggest fears small business owners have when they first set up their business, is not having any enough clients, and not earning enough money. It literally keeps them up at night 🌙

Yet today, you might find yourself in a position where you’re having to turn work away, because you’re unable to deliver for your clients. Why? Because you have nobody to help you. Or, it could be because they want a service you can’t yet offer them.

This is opportunity missed. Money down the drain!

🚩 Is this you? If so, it could be a sign that you’re ready to recruit!

TELL TALE SIGN NUMBER 6: YOU’RE FALLING OUT OF LOVE WITH YOUR BUSINESS 💔

I bet when you first decided to work for yourself, it was because you wanted to be the master of your own destiny.

You had a passion for what you do, and you wanted to do it on YOUR terms.

Am I right? 🤔

However, fast-forward a few years on, and you’re starting to dread each day. Mainly because you’re too busy, you feel like you’re letting your clients down – and as a result, you’re beginning to loathe your business.

🚩 Is this you? If so, it could be a sign that you’re ready to recruit!

TELL TALE SIGN NUMBER 7: YOU’RE ACTUALLY FEELING READY TO DELEGATE 💪

Trusting a stranger with the business you’ve worked super-hard to set up is a BIG DEAL.

But, there comes a time when you’ve had this debate with yourself SOOO many times ­– and with others – that you’re totally ready to bite the bullet.

✔ The signs are staring you in the face.

✔ You’ve done enough deliberating.

✔ Your clients (and accountant) is screaming out for it.

✔ It just makes perfect sense.

🚩 Is this you? If so, it could be a sign that you’re ready to recruit!

TWO MUST-READS IF YOU’RE THINKING OF HIRING YOUR FIRST EMPLOYEE 👀

📓Check out my 5* rated book, HIRING YOUR FIRST EMPLOYEE BOOK, for just £14.99.

💻Download my FREE HIRING STRATEGY WORKBOOK. Your end-to-end guide to hiring amazing star talent ⭐ to take your business to the very next level

BUILDING YOUR DREAM TEAM 👌

When you’re ready to hire, why not buy my Hiring an Employee Bundle. 

It’s everything you need to hire amazing talent. From a super-duper job advert template, to tonnes of interview questions for inspiration.



TO SUM THINGS UP THEN

🙅You can’t scale your business on your own. You need staff to help you to do this

⚠ While only YOU will know when the time is right, there are tell-tale signs that could mean you’re ready to recruit

⏰ These tell-tale signs range from working crazy hours to turning down work

👎 And actually, if you ignore them, they could be detrimental to your health and your business

💻 If you’re hiring for the first time, don’t forget to visit my website, where you’ll find all the tools and templates to help you to build your dream team

Mandy Hamerla

Virtual HR Director & Leadership Mentor. I create game-changing HR & Hiring Strategies for ambitious small businesses in the UK and support you to lead your team with confidence. Check out my shop to download HR Templates & Contracts designed to make life easier.

www.modernhr.co.uk