Old habits can be hard to break – especially when you’re used to doing things on your own. What a lot of Online Business Managers or service providers don’t realize is that the hardest part of shifting your mindset from one of a solopreneur to CEO is learning to let go of the reins… and yet, once you do I promise that having a solid team is the gift that keeps on giving. So what are the first steps you actually need to take when you’re planning to scale your biz? Who do you hire first to help you run your biz? Read on to find out all these answers and more!
When I first started out, I was so PUMPED to do all the things – from handling the tech, bootstrapping, checking out YouTube tutorials – anything my clients needed. And maybe this story sounds familiar to you… After a couple of years of doing all this, I burned out. It was also around this time when I was experiencing some big shifts in my life, and I knew that my business needed to shift too or it simply wasn’t going to be sustainable.
So, how do you know if you’re ready to make the shift from a solopreneur to a team-based biz? The short answer… Only YOU can decide that. Take stock of your skills, your needs and your schedule. For me, I knew it was time to make that shift because I wanted to focus on my family and I knew that the #SoloTeam life wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. So, take some time to think about where your business is at right now and if it still aligns with your personal plans and goals.
Once you decide you want to start to scale, who exactly do you hire first? Again, it depends on your business, what you do for your clients and your recurring tasks both for your clients and your own business, and what your ideal delivery of services to your client looks like. You can start to build a wishlist of things you’d like done to give your clients the best experience that you can give them and figure out what kind of help you need for your business. With that vision in mind you can paint a clear idea of what your ideal team member looks like.
It can be a bit overwhelming to think about what kind of tasks you want to delegate, but just remember to keep things small. You probably won’t find the best person for your team right away, and that’s okay! Don’t get discouraged if you need to hire and fire a few people until you find someone who’s the perfect fit and who you work well with.
There are a lot of valid reasons why other OBMs and other service support professionals as well as my own students in OBM School are hesitant to hire help and start to build their own team. You’re probably comfortable with how things are now, and it can be daunting to start to look for someone to bring in. But, as famous author Karen Salmansohn says, “The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.” Step away from your comfort zone and see for yourself what scaling can do for your business!
Watch it now and you’ll discover:
- What you need to get clear on and one of the essential things to do when you get your first hire
- What to consider when hiring your ideal team member
- One important muscle you need to flex as OBM
- My awesome book recommendation that can possibly change the way you think about what you do for your business
- Top three things you need to think about when you’re hiring your first team member
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Here’s a rundown of what I cover in this video:
00:00 – Solopreneur to Team: OBM Strategies to Scale Your Team Based Business
01:15 – My Journey from Solopreneur to CEO
2:47 – My #1 Tip – This One Might Surprise You!
4:40 – One of the First Things to do When Scaling Your Online Business
5:51 – Figuring Out Your Ideal Team Member
10:31 – Why OBMs and My Students Hesitate to Hire a New Team Member
12:44 – How to Get Started Scaling Your Business
13:07 – Closing Thoughts
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