As my business has grown, so has my team! Both my group private practice, Eat With Knowledge, and this company, Pursuing Private Practice, have many different people working within various roles to run the business.
As I’ve grown the business, many of you have asked me about hiring team members. I’m so happy to share my tips and resources to make your business owner role a little easier.
Here are my top 5 tips for hiring your 1st (or 10th!) person for your team:
- Create a job description for the role. This tip may actually start with you, the business owner! Take an insightful look at your schedule. What are you doing right now that you need the most help with? What are you doing that is in your zone of incompetence, therefore costing the company money? Chances are, someone else would LOVE these tasks! Create a job description that includes these responsibilities, but also the goals of the position and how it would impact the entire company.
- Decide the measurable objectives for the role. The goal of hiring is to build support for the business, and can be increased revenue, saved time, or checking off something that just needs to get done. Set some realistic goals to measure at specific times, such as a new team dietitian should aim to see 5 new initial assessments within the first month of employment.
- Decide on some key legal decisions. Some examples may include whether you’re hiring an employee vs. contractor, your budget/hours for the role, and how you will pay your team member. Depending on your state and local laws, you may need to go through some extra hurdles too. I always recommend consulting an accountant or lawyer if you have any specific questions.
- Get the job description out there! Whether it’s a URL or PDF, send it to everyone you know. Tell your friends, family, colleagues, and post to various Facebook groups and listservs.
- Conduct interviews in a way that works for you. If you expect a large response to your job description, it may be helpful to set up some automatic work flows. You may decide to save any responses to a certain email folder, or create an interview “schedule” in your calendar scheduling software.