When I was first starting my coaching practice nearly 10 years ago, I did EVERYTHING myself—built my own website, created flyers, scheduled clients, shot all my own videos—you name it, I did it.
I wasted soooo many precious hours doing things that I disliked that were NOT, in what author Gay Hendricks refers to as, my “Zone of Genius”.
About a year into the business I was driving myself mad and burning myself out—not a great place to be in a heart-focused, service-based industry.
I quickly realized that if I wanted to actually grow this thing, it was imperative that I let go of the reigns and build a support team.
(Not an easy task for a broke control freak…BUT IT HAD TO BE DONE.)
So I got creative.
I asked my friend who was doing admin work at my neighborhood yoga studio if she’d be willing to do a trade, and we worked up to partial pay and full pay from there.
Despite my money issues and control freak nature, I let go of my resistance and made it work…and I’m so grateful for that.
Hiring my admin assistant was just the first step, and now I have a truly badass team – and we’re in process of expanding soon too, so be on the look out for the opportunity to potentially join Team ABC!
Building a fully aligned team is essential for the growth of one’s entrepreneurial venture and will support you in stepping more deeply into your role as a leader.
If you find yourself in a place right now where you’re ready to create your support network, here are a few helpful tips for you to start building team with ease:
Step 1 – Get clear with where you and your business need support
Ask yourself these powerful questions:
- What tasks am I doing that are wasting my energy, time (and ultimately money) by doing them?
- What am I not getting to in my business because I’m spending too much time doing these other time/energy sucking tasks?
- What do I most want to be doing in my business that I’m not doing now?
Your answers will reveal many of the tasks that you’ll need support with moving forward.
Step 2 – Create a baller job description
This will help you to bring in a fully aligned team member and to get clear on what you need in terms of support.
- How does this role fit into my biz?
- What are the specific responsibilities?
- What would this ideal team member’s personality and value system be like?
- How many hours do you want them to be working for you?
A job description is super important, so don’t skimp out on this piece!
Step 3 – Reach out to your insider community
The first step? Look within your own community.
Email your newsletter list, talk to your friends and reach out to your current or past clients, as these are the folks that already dig your work.
From there, hit up referrals, social media and other hiring services to find your ideal fit.
Step 4 – Interview and hire with Queen confidence
Take your time with this piece and trust your instincts.
- Have conversations with more than one person, and speak to each person more than one time.
- Ask a lot of really good questions so that you get a sense of how this member would act in this role on your team.
- Make sure you get clear on their core values and make sure they fit within the value system of your company.
- Find out about how they work under pressure, their ability to follow through, and get clear on their turnaround time…
This all will help you make a grounded decision and feel solid with who you bring into your precious entrepreneurial world.
Alright, friend, there’s more to this process of course, but this is a great place to begin.
Team building is essential for entrepreneurial growth, so I invite you to release the grip of doing it all solo, get creative, and get that support along the way… you deserve it, and when you have the right team in place, the sky is the limit as to what you can create!
You’ve got this, let us know if you need any additional support, and as always, sending lots of love your way,