Building the Perfect Startup Team
If your startup idea is unachievable by yourself, then building a team is something you will have to do by necessity. But let’s be honest, are you a desirable proposition for candidates? And how are you going to appeal to them, get them onboard, and choose you over your more established rivals? It’s an awkward position to be in, as you will be asking candidates to have trust and faith in you and your ideas, and you also have to work hard to find the right kind of people. In today’s guide, we’re going to take a look at some of the things you have to bear in mind when building a startup team – read on to find out more.
Understand the problems
First and foremost, it’s important to understand what your startup idea looks like to anyone on the outside looking in. Ultimately, working for you is something of a gamble, and the stakes are pretty high for any candidate. Why should they choose you instead of working for your established rival, with better pay and a more comfortable working atmosphere? The reality is that it takes a particular kind of person to work for a startup, and your job is to find – and entice – them. It’s a challenge, for sure, but some of the following ideas will help.
Establish training first
No matter what sort of experience you bring in, don’t forget that working for your startup will be a unique experience. It’s vital that you have some kind of training plan in place before you bring anyone on, or you will end up wasting time – and money – getting people up to speed. You’ll need to put in a good deal of groundwork and be incredibly meticulous in the detail, or the simple fact is that you could end up having to micromanage, waste time, and allowing bad habits to breed right from the off.
Find experienced leaders
Depending on the scale of your startup, it might be necessary to find people to take on leadership positions. The trouble is, finding the top talent is a tough process that is also time-consuming, and the reality for most startup owners is that time is not something you have on your side. So, give yourself a break and get in touch with some executive headhunters or recruitment consultants and they can do the hard work of finding top people in your industry for you. This way, all the screening and trawling through endless CVs will be done by someone else, and you can step in once they have found appropriate candidates for interview.
Find ‘startup people.’
Finally, as we discussed in the introduction, it takes a specific type of person to work successfully for a startup. You’ll need people who are happy to lend their hands to anything, collaborate across departments, and are comfortable with making decisions. People with a startup mentality tend to be attracted by the big picture, so if you can impart your vision and inspire passion in them, you’ll be off to a perfect start.
Good luck with the startup – why not share your business ideas in the comments section below!