You have a pile of papers on your desk, lingering deadlines you’re not sure if you can hit, and are stuck spending more time fulfilling client needs than on sales. Sound familiar? You might, time and again, wonder if hiring is the option – after all, you are working more than 60 hours a week! But, the truth is that every single one of us is low on time and always looking for a 25th hour to get it all done. So, how do you know when it’s actually time to hire someone? Below are 5 tell-tale signs that it’s time for you to bite the bullet and hire.
The 60/40 Ratio. If you are spending more time doing what you don’t enjoy in your business rather than what you’re passionate about, odds are it’s time to bring in extra help. By offsetting certain responsibilities to someone who enjoys them, you’ll not only be more efficient, but also be able to focus on things in your company that actually bring you joy. It’s a profitable win-win-win.
Your Sales Suck. We can’t all be good at everything. Some of us are just not meant to be in sales. But, if you are just starting out, this can be quite problematic. However painful, sales are the life line of your business. So, if you can’t keep the green pumping in, you’re going to need to hire someone who can.
Sales Are Booming. As your client list grows, you might need to reassess your ability to maintain consistency in quality and service. Keep an eye out for any changes, shifts, or decreases in customer experience, and don’t be shy to ask for help – the good news is you can afford it!
Employee’s Plea. It might be that you hired help several months ago and got really good at delegating tasks. Maybe too good. Now, that assistant who you hired to manage administrative tasks is also responsible for your HR, Marketing and Sales. Go back and have a team meeting. If things aren’t as efficient as they can be, there might be some reorganization of duties needed.
See It To Believe It. You see an opportunity for growth in your market or industry and know it’s going to take a bit of investing and help for a big pay off. Do your homework to make sure the opportunity is worthwhile, but don’t fall into the trap of “no one does it better than me”, because sadly, it’s never true.
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