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How to make good choices when starting to build your team with HR consultant Niki Ramirez

Last episode we talked about taking a big leap in your business and this week I want to focus on one that a lot of people wrestle with: how to build a team. 

If you want to scale your business, you’re eventually going to need to hire some help. It can be a scary step, but you can (and should!) prepare yourself to make good hiring choices and create an awesome workplace. Today’s guest is full of excellent tips for building your dream team and scaling your business successfully.

Niki Ramirez is the Founder and Principal Consultant of HR Answers, which provides expert support with HR regulatory compliance, policies & procedures and employee relations.

Niki and I start off with one of the most common questions solopreneurs ask themselves: should I hire an employee or a contractor? We dig into the key differences between these hires and who you should hire first depending on your business model. Niki also shares why you need to start documenting your procedures and processes well before you hire anyone.

We also discuss setting clear expectations for communication & work from the beginning of your relationship with employees, how to deal with key employees leaving your business, and why leaders need to get good at having difficult conversations. 

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • Key questions to ask before hiring an employee or contractor.
  • Who you should hire first if you are a coach or if you run an agency.
  • Why she thinks taking the leap to hire an employee is such a scary but necessary move to grow your business.
  • Why you need to be committed to clear expectations and communication with new employees from the outset.
  • How to adjust when a key contractor or employee leaves your business.
  • Niki’s tips for creating a workplace that your employees & contractors love.

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