Here's when you should hire your first employee

when to hire your first employee


Savvy entrepreneurs know they can’t scale a business alone. You need people when it comes to growing a business!

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

7 signs you should hire your first employee

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 👇


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

This may involve creating a client proposal, calculating your fees and drawing up contracts. The list is endless!

But, if you’re ALREADY crazy busy, your heart might not be in it because you know you realistically can't take on more clients. Which results in a sales pitch that isn't your best.

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!


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, feeling like the quality of your work is slipping feels super stressful. It can also damage your reputation if you fail to give good customer service.

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


Loads of entrepreneurs work tirelessly 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 probably not sustainable 🙅

When you’re working all the hours God sends – 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!


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

If you made the leap to hire somebody, how would this impact you? Could you take your business to the next level, and do it more quickly 📈

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

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


Oh, the irony! When people first set up a business, one of the biggest fears is not having enough clients, which keeps us up at night. 🌙

Yet if you're now having to turn work away, you need to decide if you are happy where you are or you want to grow.

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


I'm guessing when you first set up your business, you were striving for more freedom and flexibility.

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

Am I right? 🤔

However, if now you've reached the point where the opposite is true, it's time to take positive action.

Maybe you’re too busy and you feel like you’re letting your clients down. Or perhaps you're doing the jobs you don't want to be doing which are not your skill set – and as a result, you’re beginning to loathe your business.

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


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

Many small business owners resist hiring because of trust issues or hearing too many horror stories.

But if you're now reached a place where you're mentally ready to delegate, this is a big step forward knowing you need staff to help you. It could be:

✔ The signs are staring you in the face.

✔ You’ve done enough deliberating.

✔ Your clients (and accountant) are 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!

Ready to build your dream team?

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