How to build a team together for your home business
Congratulations – you’ve reached that point in your business when you need help and when you’re in a position to pay for it. That means you have turned your home business into a success. Not everyone gets to this milestone, so it’s something to be celebrated. Now you need to start thinking about paying other professionals for help, or employing junior staff to train and it’s the beginning of something big for your business!
It is true that when you are working from home, you do not need to interact with people much, but then you cannot do without them either. After all, your customers or clients are going to be human (even if they are buying for an animal!), even if you do not need to meet them personally. And, in any case, you will need people to work with you. Even if you plan on doing everything yourself at the outset, you will find that as your business begins to grow, you cannot helm a solo ship. You will need people to help you out with various aspects of your business.
When you work online, the best benefit is that you can choose from la crème de la crème of professionals – from all over the world. You are not restricted by your location, ad because of this you can get more bang for your buck if you recruit wisely. If you know where to look, you can get the best people to work for you. All these people will work with you on a freelance basis so you don’t have to worry about payroll, employment law or huge recruitment costs. You will not need to sign any contracts with them; just give them the work as it comes, and pay them when the task is accomplished. Most online professionals are quite happy to be working this way.
When I started Mothers Who Work a decade and more ago, looking for freelancers was limited to the likes of word of mouth, Gumtree and local ads. It made it so difficult to get the price I could afford (or was prepared to pay) to get the website designed. By the time I was ready for a relaunch, the entire landscape had changed and finding a web designer was much easier and cheaper. But it also opened up to a lot of poorly equipped ‘designers and developers’, so I had to learn to ask the right questions of them to get a decent job done.
These days, I mainly use the godsend, Fiverr.com. Someone out there in the world always seems to be online and happy to do what I need doing for a very affordable price – staring from just $5. For more technical or UK specific work (tax returns, contracts etc), I use Peopleperhour.com.
How to find someone who knows what they’re doing
Keep trying out people with smaller assignments – don’t give your entire website build to someone who hasn’t proven themselves. The best thing to do at first is to give smaller projects and then give them bigger responsibilities. When one person has settled into your business, you can look for additional people and keep growing your business.
That is how online home business experts grow their teams. It does take time, but once you’ve established some trusted hands to work with you, you’ll be set. It could take a few weeks or months to get a great team assembled, or even more (depending on how much work you’re buying), but, once you have a proper team working with you, it becomes quite easy to manage your work. Since they know your way of working and have a certain comfort level with you, they do not mind working with you. Your team is all set to take your business the way you want it to go.
Founder and editor of www.motherswhowork.co.uk, a mother of two wonderful children, wife, entrepreneur (check out www.geekschool.co.uk) and journalist.