Hiring for a startup is very different from hiring for an established firm.
Traits that are valued in established firms may not work really well for startups. That is the reason why it is important to carefully scan through the applicants and pick out employees who have traits that suit startups.
Here are examples:
These employees will not focus on the checkbook and the office furniture and the supplies closet, which is always full. They focus on working and doing their best. They do the work so that you don’t waste money trying to solve problems.
Planning is great but sometimes there is a need to act quickly and instantaneously. Some people fail miserably at this. Such employees will not do well for startups. Startups need employees who are quick and can act immediately without spending hours in preparation and thinking.
Their focus is on your customers. They understand that you are bootstrapped and that you can only spend if the customer benefits significantly. That is why, instead of hoping that you will pay them lots and spend lavishly on amenities, they will focus on your customers and help your business grow.
They know for a fact that they have to earn every penny you pay them. They know that it comes through hard work and relentlessness, and not easily. They truly work so that they actually ‘earn’ their stipend.
Especially when you in the starting stages, each employees has to be able to contribute to your revenues. Good employees know this and focus on doing just that. They don’t stray from their true target and waste time doing something that is not needed. They are usually completely and utterly focused. They do tasks that pay. They don’t bother wasting their time with other tasks.
Find employees with these traits and your startup will soar.
You should be very careful when you hire employees for your startup. Startup employees are generally different from the others. You should try finding employees who are focused, action-oriented, careful about customers, and understanding.