Christa’s sharing here today her 4 steps to hiring your right hand woman. I loved her tips! As a girl boss who just recently hired (in barter) an editor for my collaborative blog, I couldn’t agree more with her words. It has been such a wonderful experience for me and opened so many opportunities for my team of writers, while also freeing me up to establish office hours and better manage my time. So if you’re considering adding a team member, take a minute to learn from her wisdom.
I found Christa over at Do A New Thing during the 31 Days of Blogging challenge in October last year. She works specifically with Christian businesses, ministries, speakers and writers to help support them, manage projects and coaches them to help their business or ministry be all that it can be. I love that there are people out there doing this! Often ministries have a great idea, and are equipped to fill a need but don’t have the time or knowledge to handle all of the technical and business aspects that come along with it.
4 Steps to Hiring Your Right Hand Woman
There comes a time in the growth cycle of every solo business or ministry where you just can’t do it alone any more. The demands are too great, the issues too complicated for you to figure it out and manage it on your own. It is time to hire help, but how do you find someone? And more importantly, how do you find the RIGHT someone?
When it comes to hiring someone to be part of your day to day operations, there are some important things to consider.
1. Decide what you need them to do
What are the things you wake up in the morning and dread doing? Are you an introvert who gets hives looking at a constantly-moving Twitter feed? You have 10 blog posts written but dealing with WordPress gives you a headache? What is the one thing that keeps you from focusing on the passion that fuels your work? Whether it’s a virtual assistant, a social media manager, an editor or a coach, there is someone out there who LOVES doing the things you hate. Constantly doing things you hate will sap your energy. So hire someone to do them for you.
2. Look for potential candidates
Ask your friends and peers for recommendations of people they know or have worked with. Check out their websites and if possible, samples of their work. You will be paying your hard-earned money for this service, so don’t feel obligated to hire the first person you find. If you need urgent help and need someone who can jump in immediately with little instruction, you for sure want someone with experience. But also consider someone just getting started. Someone trying to build a client base will likely go above and beyond to give you great service and often at a great price.
3. Conduct a phone interview
Most service providers will do a free initial call of 20 – 30 minutes to discuss the kind of help you need and see if it’s good fit for both of you. Some things you’ll want to talk about during the call:
- Be clear about the type of work you need done and the turnaround time she can provide. Does she need a week of lead time to edit and format a post? Will she schedule social media daily or weekly? Be sure you understand her work process so there are no surprises later.
- Talk about work hours and availability. If one of you is doing this as a side gig and only available on the weekends, and the other is a stay at home mom working during nap time, this might not be the best relationship for you. Does the position require a strict schedule or is it flexible based on the tasks that are needed?
- Understand payment policies. Pay in advance? Per task? A monthly block of hours? What happens if you don’t use all your hours in a month? Money issues can put a cramp in any partnership so get clarity on those right at the beginning.
- Ask about communication and office hours. Email, Skype, phone calls, text chats …. all are possible. Just be sure you are comfortable with her preferred method of communication. Understand her boundaries for calls, last-minute requests and extra work.
4. Red Flags – Watch out for these things
- If she don’t offer any kind of free initial consultation, she may be too busy to give you the personalized attention you deserve.
- She should be able to provide references for work similar to what you are looking for, even if it is only for volunteer work she has done. If she can’t give you one name of someone who knows and trusts her work, run.
- You should expect someone to really listen to what you need and be honest about what they can and can’t do. But if they are so set in their way of doing things that it is “my way or the highway” take the highway and find someone else down the road.
Running a solo business or ministry can be very lonely and scary when you have no one to depend on but yourself. Having a partner not only lightens your load, but it gives you a sounding board and makes the journey more enjoyable. Finding the RIGHT partner can be just the thing to take your hard work to the next level.
But wait … There’s MORE!
If you’re wondering if it’s the right time for you to hire a right hand woman, check out Christa’s post over at Do A New Thing:
Trust me, you CAN do this without spending money at first. If your budget is the only thing holding you back, consider a barter. Think outside the box!
While you’re there, grab her free resource to help you research and interview potential prospects!
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