Making the decision to add new staff to your company is easy in theory, but the act of hiring takes diligence, purpose, and above all, patience. During the hiring process of starting a a business, you’ll face hard decisions, since the person you hire will have a huge impact on the work you create, and a stake in the success and growth of your business.
To help you get started, we’ve compiled our most popular articles and guides into a comprehensive collection on how to hire employees. These articles cover every stage of the hiring journey, from building a leader’s mindset so you’re ready to lead a team, to deciding whether you need a temporary or full-time employee. This collection of resources will take your hiring skills to the next level.
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How to start your hiring journey
Before you find yourself managing a team within your agency, you’ll need to first learn how the hiring process works and what it takes to lead a team. If you’ve never hired someone or lead a team before, it can be tough. You’re now the boss and you’re responsible for everyone’s success—it’s a lot of pressure!
In this section we’ll share advice on how to find employees to hire, and how you can improve your leadership skills. In the video below, find advice from some of our top Shopify Partners, who share everything you need to know before starting the hiring process, and some tips for continuing the recruitment journey.
How to find employees to hire
Finding great candidates is always tough for hiring managers. Studies show that almost three quarters of employers have trouble finding talent with the right skills. The hiring process is also lengthy, taking an average of 42 days to fill an open position. Most companies can’t afford to lose that time, and need to hire with more urgency.
To help ease the difficulty in the hiring process for you, we’ve rounded up some useful articles to help you identify candidates, create interview questions, and fill open positions in your agency.
- Finding Technical Talent: How to Start the Hiring Process
- Finding Technical Talent: Candidate Experience and Interviews
- How to Interview Candidates and Get Real Results
- 11 Design Interview Questions and How to Master Them
Developing team management and leadership skills
Perhaps you got into your role to be more focused on the creative, strategic, or technical aspects of an industry you love. But when you start hiring, you’ll also need to become a great leader. The way to take your agency far is to master leadership skills.
There are many ways you can level up your skillset and become a fantastic leader, from leaning on peer groups, to mastering project management and communication skills. Use these resources to help increase your ability to lead teams to success.
- Team Management Skills 101: Level-Up as an Agency Leader
- The Power of Community: How Business Networking Can Nurture Your Growth
- Tips and Tricks for Managing Remote Employees
- How to Work Remotely: 4 Ways to Improve Collaboration
- A Step-by-Step Guide on Building Processes to Scale your Development Agency
How to hire employees for a small business
When you’re hiring for a small business, your hiring plan needs to align with your company’s growth goals. That could mean searching for a junior over hiring for a senior position, or looking for a generalist to perform multiple roles rather than a specialist who does one thing extremely well.
To help you identify your growth goals and the kind of hire your small business can make, check out these articles.
- Follow This 3-Step Process to Hire the Web Developer of Your Dreams
- How to Find the Best Technical Talent for Your Agency
- How We're Scaling From 10 to 25 Employees in 7 Months
- 8 Actionable Tips for Running an Agency and Getting More Business
How to hire employees on a tight budget
Hiring someone for your agency isn’t cheap. Research from Bersin by Deloitte found that companies spend close to $4,000 per hire to ensure they found the right talent. If that’s not a cost you’re prepared to stomach right now, an alternative is to make hiring part of your business’s goals and generate revenue to fund future recruitment. But if you're dead set on hiring now, there are two ways you can recruit help at a low cost.
If cash flow is a major issue in your business, try recruiting an intern from a local university or college. While interns can be an affordable way to get help, it’s essential that you also invest in them by helping them learn and develop their skills.
Another low cost alternative is to build a partnership with another agency. Partnering allows you to take on bigger, higher-paying projects, and keep costs low within your business. Below are some articles that will help you identify whether a junior hire or a partnership is right for you.
- Major Gains and Growing Pains — How Bold Scaled Their Team Sustainably
- From Freelance to Agency: Advice for Growing Your Team
- How an India-Based Web Developer Quit His Day Job and Built an Agency
- Building Partnerships: Shopify Partners Share How They're Creating Long-term Value
How to hire part-time or temporary employees
With hiring, people assume that everyone wants a full-time position, but that’s not always true. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 55 million people, more than 35 percent of the U.S. workforce, are “gig workers,” and that number is projected to rise to 43 percent by 2020. With this data in mind, it’s completely reasonable to hire a copywriter, designer, or developer to fill a one-off temporary position for a client project. And if you like working with them, you can always recruit them for a series of ongoing projects in a part-time position.
Below, find resources to help you subcontract work, create contracts, and track subcontractors’ work.
- 9 Tips for Hiring a Web Design Subcontractor
- 6 of the Best Time Tracking Apps for Designers, Developers, and Agencies
- How to Write a Freelance Contract 101
- A Freelancer’s Guide to Taking a Vacation
- 8 Quick Tips for a Bulletproof Freelance Contract
Adding staff to your business is a major undertaking
Whether it’s learning how to hire employees, searching for candidates, or subcontracting to ease the amount of work on your plate, this resource roundup is a great starting point. We hope it will help you recruit the right person to take your business forward.
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