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  • Writer's pictureThe Self-Made Entrepreneur

When do you know you are ready to hire your 1st employee?

Keyboard and note pad with "We're Hiring" written on it

Starting a business is like going on a big adventure. You have to make a lot of choices, and one big choice is deciding when to hire your first worker. This is a big step, like walking into a new, unknown place. It shows your business is growing from being just you to being a team. This is exciting but can also be a bit scary. Let’s talk about how to know when it's time to hire your 1st employee and make sure you are ready for it.


1. Check Your Money: Ask yourself, can your business really afford to pay someone else to help you? Think about all the costs - not just their pay, but also money for training, benefits, taxes, and equipment. Make a clear plan, making sure your business will still be strong, even with these extra costs. You don’t want to hire someone only to find out later you can’t keep paying them. That wouldn’t be good for you or them.

2. Look at Your Work: Are you always super busy, feeling like you can’t catch up? Does your list of things to do keep getting bigger and bigger, with your days getting longer and longer? If you are always too busy, it shows you need help. But also think about whether some machines or better planning could make the work easier. If you are still too busy even with these changes, it’s time to think about hiring.

3. Think about your tasks: Are you spending a lot of time on things that are not your best work? You should be focusing on the main things that help your business grow. If you are stuck doing other things, it might be time to get someone who is an expert in those tasks.

4.Think About the Future: Hiring someone should help your business get bigger and better. Imagine your business in one year or two years after hiring someone. Will this new person help you reach your business goals? Will it let you spend more time planning how to make your business grow? If yes, you are on the right path.

5. Know the Risks: It’s important to know the risks. Hiring too early or without a clear plan can use up your money and slow down your business. You need to know what it means to be a boss and be ready for it. Being prepared is key to making sure hiring a new person is a good move.

6. Understand your Investment: Remember, hiring someone is an investment in your business. The right worker can not only make your work easier but also bring new ideas, skills, and energy to your business. Their help could be what makes your business grow and earn more money.


Now that you have explored the many sides of hiring your first employee, it's time to move ahead. Lay out all the facts and figures clearly. Talk to other business owners or experts for advice. Listen to your gut feeling.

Remember, it's okay to feel uncertain. It's a big decision! Take small, thoughtful steps to move forward. If you realize you’re not quite ready, that’s okay too. It gives you more time to prepare and plan.

But if all signs point to yes, embrace the change. Hire that first employee with confidence and excitement. Remember, this new team member could be the key to making your business even more awesome. They can bring new ideas, skills, and energy that will help your business grow.

Be brave, be wise, and make the choice that's right for you and your business. The next chapter of your business adventure is waiting, and it's going to be great!


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