Are you an entrepreneur who's struggling with the idea of making your first employee hire? Listen to hear tips on deciding when you need to hire, conquering the fear of making your first hire and what you need to be thinking about before you hire your first employee in your small business. Key Points *Entrepreneurs may struggle with the decision to hire out of fear, mistrust or even inexperience in hiring. *Signs that you need to hire include workload, lack of down time or personal time as well as demands from your customers. *Quality of work and missing skills are others sign that you may need help. *Lisa discusses how a business will plateau based on the limits of the business owner's time. *Trusting and the ability to let go are critical for an entrepreneur in hiring for the first time. Lisa offer some tips on managing the process of letting go of tasks. *There are options to hiring like outsourcing, freelancers, virtual assistants and interns. *Lisa offers some cautions and things to consider before you even begin the hiring process. *Financial considerations are cost, time and cash flow are all things to consider in the hiring process and those are discussed. *Before hiring anyone, entrepreneurs need to think about the skillset needed to do the particular tasks being considered as well as the level of responsibility of those tasks. *Clarity surrounding the job, pay and fit are critical in making a good hiring decision for both you and the employee. *The gig economy and freelancers can help remove some of the risk out of your hiring decisions to enable you to try before you hire a permanent employee. *Hiring for attitude, work ethic and your commitment to training new hires will help ease the fear of being able to let go of control and rely on new hires. *Lisa shares some tips on the requirements you need to understand when hiring employees. Resources and Links Looking to hire a virtual assistant, then the VA Classroom may be able to help. Find out more using this link Here are some episodes to take some of the topics about hiring and employee management a little deeper: How to Eliminate “not my job” from Your Business Filling Gaps In Expertise – What You Need to Know About Staffing for Growth Do You Need to Hire for Your Growing Company? About Lisa RobertsLisa Roberts is a business operations consultant who advises growth company entrepreneurs in successfully managing growth and the challenges they face along the way. She has over 25 years of experience in operations, finance and administration and spent several years in executive roles at a high growth company. She recognizes that there is a fine line between success and failure in a growing business and that entrepreneurs need to focus on managing finances, creating a sound operation and employ good business practices to stay on track.