Lead your team.

Starting your own business is tough. You can read books and get all the guidance and help you need when it comes to things like accounting, finding the right location, growing a brand and advertising. You can even plan, organize and find ways to make sure you fully understand what you are doing. There are many resources to help you identify what you need to do to find success. In fact, many people that have spent years struggling in jobs they didn’t like that once left on their own, in charge of something that they love and feel passionately about, they suddenly thrive.

As their businesses grow, they begin to consider ways to expand and add additional team members to match the workload. Quite often, this is where the challenges start. Learning how to manage and get the most out of your staff can be what turns your business into a massive success. Yet it’s not always as easy as it seems. There are plenty of managers out there, but not all are great people managers, capable of getting the most out of their team. Let’s look at some ways that you can position yourself to be a great leader to your staff.

There are plenty of managers out there, but not all are great people managers

Be Flexible

When you start your business, you happily put all of your free time into helping it to grow. You work around the clock… nonstop – because you love your company. Your staff, however much they might like you and enjoy their job, won’t ever feel quite the same. It’s important that you remember that they have other things going on. Be as flexible and understanding as you possibly can. Set expectations and standards but never forget that they are people with their own lives, responsibilities, and families.

Be the Example

Employees are much more likely to respect and work hard from those managers that jump in and help out. Even with the difficult and dirty jobs. You don’t need to do it all the time, but, if your help is needed, get it done. Show them that you’re not afraid to work hard and be the example of your own expectations.

Be Approachable

While you do need to have rules and boundaries, it’s important not to become a rude and disrespectful manager that your staff is afraid of. Spend time talking to your team. Have a little fun with them when you can. Get to know them on a personal level. In return, they’ll come to you when they have questions or need assistance. This is good for morale and great for business. 

Sub-Contractors

When you’re not ready to bring on full-time staff with benefits, but still need a quality team, consider hiring subcontractors. You will have control of the contract terms and in turn, you will be able to hire qualified workers without all the fuss. You also won’t have the hassle of paying employment tax on their behalf. You’ll be able to use the 1099 misc tax forms at the end of the year, to make things easy. 

Be invested in them

Great people managers think about their employee’s future. Have regular appraisals of their performance with them. Sit down one-on-one and ask about their ambitions. Make plans to help them get there. Even if one day this means they’ll leave you. Make sure you invest time and effort in their development, and you’ll get it all back.

*this is a contributor written post