“When did you realize you needed to expand your team?”
Someone recently asked me this question via e-mail and it’s honestly a little difficult to answer. I think most people want to expand their team before they are actually ready. There is a strong misconception, especially in the blogging industry, that if you have a “team” around you, that it equals success. You would be quite surprised to learn that some of the most successful people and businesses thrive off of working efficiently and effectively with smaller teams. Hiring a full time employee is not only a ton of responsibility, but it’s also a liability. You are responsible for keeping them motivated, inspired and are providing not only their salary to live off of, but often times their family as well.
In a nut shell, you will know that you are ready to expand your team when your work quality starts to decline as a result of your time. When I noticed that project details were starting to slip and I was having to say “no” to collaborations, I knew it was time to hire someone. I would find myself not having the time to put blog posts together and actually perform the work that was being expected of me by large brands. When my business started to feel the effects, I knew it was time for a change.
I started out small, hiring someone part-time. Over the years I have gone through ebbs and flows of having only one assistant to multiple full-time employees. It truly depends on what your needs are and how much work you have to delegate.