You’re a solopreneur and thinking of hiring your first person. You’re a new manager. What should you do?

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and I coach people to play their professional and
personal games big. If you're a solopreneur, there comes a point where you realize you can use
some help. You're thinking of hiring your first person. What should you do? Number one
is get clear about what you want someone to do for you. I think you'll discover that there's
less time than you really need them than what you think you do. Your biggest amount of time
is going to be involved with teaching them how you want it to be done. as a result, I
always encourage people that if you've got tasks that need to be done, not sales jobs where
you want someone to be out there representing you but task-oriented work, you're best served
by hiring someone offshore where mistakes are less expensive. I've been doing some work
on a new website and I've been hiring people to do video edited for me. The cost of video
editing . . . the first job I put out, the first edits aI had done cost me $2 per hour
for 3 hours of work. $6 put in on the first job I posted. Why is this significant? Well,
frankly, I wasn't sure about what I was doing and what its value was. You can pick people
offshore like these people were in Ukraine, you can pick people in the US, it will cost
you more, of course. But, when push comes to shove, you can hire people to do specific
tasks for you, tell them what to do specifically, and have them go do it. Again, you're going
to make mistakes and not all these people are going to d great work. SURPRISE!! That's
also true when you hire people who work in your office. When they work in your office,
you've got to pay them benefits. You've got to pay them when they're sick. There's matching
Social Security and payroll taxes. You don't have to worry about getting to a particular
size for a while about insurance coverage.. But there;'s a lot of additional costs involved
with hiring people and you're not going to be sure about what you're doing. So I always
encourage people, practice cheap. You'll find people offshore who can do a lot of these
tasks for you easily. You hire them, you send the work to them. It comes back a day or two
later. No big woop. I'm Jeff Altman. I hope you find this helpful. My website is
Let's schedule a time to speak for 15 minutes. You can use some help, of course. And, if
you can't, you're kidding yourself. You can use some help. Let me coach you to play big.
So, visit my website, get some encouragement while you're there and let's schedule some
time to talk. Hope you have a great day. Take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than Career Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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