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You Hired Your First Employee...Now What?!

For those of you looking for tips on how to make the smooth transition from new hire to stellar employee.


Congratulations!!! You just hired your first employee. This tells me that your business has grown and you are able to bring on another human to help you continue to build your vision and allow for new opportunities.

Being a small business owner, it is important to understand a few things when bringing on an employee.

  1. They are not you. This is not their business, it is yours. It is probably personal to a degree and no one is ever going to work as hard as you do with it. Share your passion and vision with this person and be grateful that they are stepping into help you grow. But understand that their role will be different from your’s.

  2. Speaking of roles… What is their role? What are your expectations? What are they going to be doing day to day? How will they learn how to do those things? An easy way to think about this is to picture this employee 6 months down the road. What are they doing and how are they doing it? Now work backwards. What will you teach them on day 1, day 2 and so on so that they have the ability to fulfill the picture in your head?

  3. What are their expectations? Hopefully you went through this in the interview, but find out what it is they are looking for in this role. As much as we would like to say that they are going to just work for you forever, well, that is typically NOT the case. But for practical purposes, how can you marry what they are looking to accomplish with what you are trying to build?

These 3 areas may seem simple, but they are actually quite complex. You may even find this article actually helps you to build questions for the interview process and assist in figuring out how to tailor that next position. Our industry is ever changing, but what you always have control of is expectations. The bottom line is ensuring both the employee’s and your expectations are being met. Good luck!

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