Hiring and scaling your business is one of those topics I see popping up over and over again within the creative industry. As we become more established entrepreneurs, it only makes sense to take the next step to growing our business. But along with that excitement to grow can come some anxiety about what next steps to take.
I believe a big part of scaling your brand revolves around bringing someone onto your team. With that in mind, I know it’s not always easy to figure out the right time to hire someone to join your team—whether that’s a full-time position or just an independent contractor.
But I fully believe there are so many ways your business can benefit from bringing someone onto your team. I am living proof that you as an entrepreneur are better able to transition into the CEO and visionary behind your business, if and only if you have people on your team who are propelling your business forward alongside you!
So friends, today I want to guide you through three easy ways to tell it’s time to hire and bring someone into your business.
3 WAYS TO TELL IT’S TIME TO HIRE
Now before I spill the beans on these three secrets to hiring I want to let you know that if you feel like maybe it’s time to hire in this season of business, that to me is a good indicator that it IS time to hire.
When I was in a season in my own business where I thought I was ready to start looking to hire it was because I had so much on my plate and too many goals in my head I wanted to implement with no time to do it all. But the thing is, I was ready way before then to hire someone.
So if you feel like you’re gearing up for a busy season or a season where you need someone on your side and in your corner, I want to encourage you to go ahead, be proactive and hire now!
Hire before you’re ready so you have ample time to onboard and integrate your new hire onto your team and workflows so they can help your business go further.
So with that, here are the three signs to tell it’s time to hire!
IF YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO POUR YOUR ENERGY INTO YOUR HIGHEST POINT OF CONTRIBUTION
The first way to tell it’s time to bring someone onto your team is if you’re not able to pour your energy into your highest points of contribution.
Think of it this way, if you’re spending all your time simply moving the needle forward in your business by answering emails, sending and paying invoices, doing client work, marketing your business, and so much more, then you are spending a ton of time and energy in a million different directions.
But let me ask you, are you actually able to spend quality, dedicated time and focused energy towards your highest points of contribution in your business?
And by your highest points of contribution, I mean, your biggest sources of income.
Where do you shine the brightest?
And where you are the most useful in your business?
Chances are if you are a one-woman show, you wear too many hats that are actually making it impossible for you to pour your energy into your biggest money makers, and as a result, you’re not able to scale your income or even create a deeper sense of impact in the work that you do by serving more people.
YOU HIT A CEILING ON HOW MUCH YOU EARN
The second way to tell it’s time to hire is if you’ve hit a ceiling on how much you can earn.
I understand that as a solopreneur there are only so many hours in a day and as a result there are only so many clients you can take on. Personally, I have hit that same dilemma. I felt I could take on only so many opportunities with 1:1 clients because there is only one of me. And because I can only take on X number of clients each month, I can only make X number of dollars each month through that 1:1 work.
An easy solution my friend, is to figure out how you can free up more of your time in order to take on more clients.
That can look like bringing on a virtual assistant to help with admin tasks so that you have more hours each week freed up to serve your clients even better. That can even look like hiring an associate or assistant to help you execute client work so that together you can serve more clients.
If you’ve hit a cap on how much income you can bring in and you’re still hustling, to me that means you need to go ahead and hire on help.
YOU HAVE MASSIVE DREAMS BUT NO TIME TO EXECUTE THEM
The third way to know it’s time to hire on help is if you have massive dreams, but no time to execute them.
Friend, this is such an avoidable issue in business and in life. If you have amazing goals of scaling your business, growing and taking things to the next level—but you’re really unable to create the space in your calendar to dream let alone put one foot in front of the other to make those dreams a reality—then that tells me it’s time to have someone by your side helping you move forward.
As the CEO behind your business, it is your responsibility to be the creative force and the goal setter that drives your business forward.
No one else can do that for you.
So please, make a list of all the non-essential, non-CEO related tasks you’re filling your time with and then find someone who can help you execute those essential, but non-CEO level tasks. As a result, you’ll free up so much of your time to pursue your big bright dreams and as a bonus, you’ll have people on your team who can help you execute them.
NEXT STEPS FOR THE CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR
If you are a creative who is ready to scale your business and you’re ready to dive into a high-level action-based educational experience designed to propel you toward your definition of success, then I highly recommend joining the waitlist to my six-month group coaching program—the Heartfelt Brand Society—which will reopen this Fall.
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