Who should you hire as your first employees? 6 early-stage founders share their strategies

September 12, 2019

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Hiring people to join your company is a great sign — it means you’re growing and ready to accomplish big things.
But how do you figure out the right roles to fill? Business Insider spoke with six startup founders to understand how they built their teams from scratch.
Their advice is to find people who are highly adaptable and don’t share the same skill sets or perspectives as you.
They also recommend tapping into your network to find great hires because chances are those individuals trust your vision and work ethic.
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Hiring the first employees to join your startup is an exciting step that indicates your business is growing. But knowing which roles to fill first and where to find the right people can be daunting, as these decisions have the power to propel your company forward — or cripple it.

In addition to the cost and outlay of time it takes to locate and attract the right employees, there’s also an emotional component to consider. As Anna Fader, founder of Mommy Poppins, a leading online resource for family travel and local activities, pointed out, after doing everything yourself, it’s hard to relinquish some of the responsibilities.

“It can feel as emotional as handing your child over to a stranger,” she told Business Insider.

As difficult as it may be, making the right first hires is critical to building a strong foundation for success by filling in skill gaps. Onboarding employees frees up founders to delegate so they can focus their attention where it’s most advantageous — ultimately, advancing the company to the next level.

We asked startup founders to share their strategies for making solid first hires.

Address your most pressing needs first.

Karthik Sridharan is the cofounder and CEO of Kinnek, a software company founded in 2012 …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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