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5 Hiring Mistakes

January 16, 2011

Following is a list of good hiring tips.   Avoiding hiring pitfalls helps you.  The good thing is there are some hard and fast hiring rules startups should follow. Most hiring issues occur as a result of looking to keep costs down or not having a clear vision about what the business is and where it’s going.  However, cutting corners in the hiring process now can mean trouble for the business later. To avoid trouble, here are seven hiring mistakes many startups make:

1.     Hiring someone because you know them. You should never hire friends, former co-workers, or family members, because there needs to be a certain sense of expectation to be treated differently rather than conforming to a standard of objectivity and accountability

2.     Hiring someone to “help them out.” Never hire someone to “help them out”.  Make sure they have the requisite education and skills for the position, and who is willing to go the extra mile.  If you hire someone just to help them out, they could be a liability rather than an asset.

3.     Bringing on a Partner. Bringing on a partner, can be a disadvantage for these reasons:

  • Business does not generate enough income to pay the Partner 50% of the net profits.
  • Partner may not have entrepreneurial characteristics such as self-motivation, flexibility, perseverance.

As an alternative, you should outsource projects or work on a fee basis.

4.     Hiring A “Jack of all Trades”. Businesses need to be staffed with people who are specialists.  Instead of hiring one person to do the marketing and administrative work, hire 2 people for these positions. Therefore, they can focus on fulfilling specific specialized duties, rather than trying to do too many thins and not getting much accomplished.  Most people don’t’ have the skills to do a variety of jobs.

5.     Clearly defined Job Descriptions. Just hiring for the sake of hiring, or hiring a generalist to bring some order to your internal chaos, is not a hiring strategy – it’s a move toward chaos.  Have clearly defined roles for any new hires. Not only will you avoid hiring a non-productive person in an ill-defined role, you’ll start attracting people who will add real value to their role and your operation

Hiring is all about finding the right skills, personalities and attitudes to fit your overall vision and mission for your company. Abiding by these parameters will help you make quality hiring decisions, which will undoubtedly enhance the efficiency of your business

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Karmen A. Booker is an Attorney, Business Consultant and Chief Consultant for Compu-Perfect Professional Services, a business consulting firm specializing in business incorporation, establishing limited liability companies, contract drafting & reviewing, and more.  CALL ATTORNEY BOOKER at (301) 408-1082.

She is also the author of “Business Tips” Report where you will discover tips that will put you on the Road to Business Success, Tips for creating and implementing a marketing plan, and more. This report and other books she has authored are available for online purchase at http://store.payloadz.com/go?id=787975


10 Creative Ways to Elevate Your Profits

February 23, 2010

1. Tell people the point or focus of your web site.

Explain to them what things they can do or which goals they can accomplish while visiting your site.

2. Make your visitors feel comfortable at your website.

Give them your main business address.  Your visitors may not trust you if you’re using a P.O. Box.

3. Include a FAQ on Your Website or via E-mail on an Autoresponder.

This will give your customers an extra convenience without having to contact you.

4. Buy advertising space on discussion board websites.

They are usually arranged by subject; that makes them highly targeted.  80% Of All Advertising Is Wasted Due To This Common Mistake.

5. Start a Free E-mail Newsletter to Create Your Own Optin List.

Create a title that grabs readers attention.  Submit it to free e-zine directories on the internet.

6. Record all your new promotion ideas into an idea journal.

Sometimes you can combine ideas to create new ones to increase your sales.

7. Convert your web site and free e-mail newsletter into different languages.

This will increase your over-all target market.

8. Make your classified ads stand out in a crowd.

Divide your price over a period of time to make it sound less. Offer a payment plan or show the per day price.   Use all capitol letters in the headline, divide letter with extra spaces, add in text symbols, etc.

9. Remember your customer is always right, even if they are not.

Resolve all conflicts quickly and painlessly. They are the lifeblood of your business.

10. Create a bond with your visitors.

Bring up likes or dislikes you have in common with them in your ad copy.  Just make sure you do your research.

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Karmen A. Booker is an Attorney, Business Consultant and Chief Consultant for Compu-Perfect Professional Services, a business consulting firm specializing in business incorporation, establishing limited liability companies, contract drafting & reviewing, and more.  CALL ATTORNEY BOOKER at (301) 408-1082. View her website at www.compuperfect.net

She is also the author of “Biblical Entrepreneurship.” This book includes seven (7) vital steps to starting your business and detailed information on the legal requirements involved based on her experience as an attorney.   This book is available for online purchase by clicking on the Book Cover to the right of this blog.   www.kbooker.wordpress.com