Certain skills are crucial not only for your business to survive, but also for it to grow. Knowing the exact skills you need — and how to get those essential people on board — might be the determining factor in how well your startup thrives. Delays in finding the right personnel are costly. For a small team, the recruitment process eats up valuable time that could be spent on other areas of the business, but on the other hand, not having the right people can create severe bottlenecks and stall the rollout of new products and services. These are hold ups that no startup can afford, especially in the early days.
And, as your company grows, you might find yourself facing another tricky personnel problem: realizing that you’ve hired the wrong people. (Or the right people in the wrong roles.) These kind of uncomfortable truths can be revealed when a startup expands and the cracks suddenly appear magnified.
That’s why it’s so important to make it a priority to lay out your hiring strategy right at the start. Then, when you’re clear about what you’re looking for, strategize key hires and think carefully about each role fits in with the goals you want to achieve.