“Chief Cook and Bottle Washer Hires New Chief Cook”

In the world of business startups there are many scary firsts:  the first purchase, the first sale, the first lease, the first loan, the first angry customer.  But there seems to be one first that entrepreneurs and business professionals alike tend to delay… hiring their first employee.  Why though, do so many of you eager, destined-to-be-your-own-boss types, wait so long to hire an employee?  Well the answer could be one of many;  fear of hiring the wrong person; fear of commitment; fear of someone knowing you have no idea what you are doing. The list could be really long, but let’s focus on solutions.

I was recently asked by a business acquaintance if I would be interested in teaching a workshop about hiring your first employee.  Masiello Employment hires many new employees every single day.  I even had to hire the first person that worked with me in Greenfield, MA – she is now the manager of our Greenfield office.  Even though I have made many hires myself, I thought to myself  “what do I know about hiring the very first employee of a business?”  Well as it turns out, I have helped many business owners do just that.  And one of the common denominators in each situation was that the individual wanted someone to do everything.  They basically wanted to outsource their job to someone else.  As an example, I had one person tell me he wanted someone that could handle shipping and receiving, purchasing, bookkeeping, customer service, and in their free time could handle some telemarketing.  If there is a person that can do all of this, and will want to do all of this, they probably own their own business and are not looking for a job.

You have to ask yourself, “What do I bring to this business that makes it what it is?”  Once you can answer that, you are ready to have someone else handle the less important, non-core functions.  If hiring an employee is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.  But that doesn’t mean it needs to take two years, and take 5 off your life.  Like many other business initiatives, hiring your first employee can be done correctly with a well thought out plan. In the next few weeks I will be posting brief articles for you about hiring your first employee.

Until then remember, If people come to your restaurant for the amazing food you prepare, don’t hire a new chief cook so you can spend more time with the books.

These are just some of the ideas our clients benefit from by using our services. If you want more help or advice, or if you have questions, please email me at jchagnon@masemp.com or call me at 603-358-1000.