Nathan Hirsch – The 90-Day Rule For Making The Perfect Hire

Summary

Once you get past the first 23 minutes of Nathan Hirsch talking about how he founded and exited Freeeup (worth listening to), the interview gets into the details of hiring. And it's some good practical advice for making that all important first addition to your team.

Got a lot out of this episode:

  • There's no hard and fast rule on what to hire for first, but good ideas would be to get bookkeeping off your plate followed by an executive assistant.
  • When you're looking for skilled hires (eg developers) try to learn the basics and standards of their industry. At least then you can have an intelligent conversation. It's always worthwhile hiring for a small project before going all in.
  • The interview should be focused on 3 things - skill, attitude and communication.
  • If there's something you really care about get it discussed up front- don't waste time on the rest of the interview if this doesn't fit.
  • Set expectations with your new hires, right from the start. That includes how to work with you and their future path with your business when things go well.
  • Relationships with your team are usually more important than money.

We’re back and today we are chatting with Nathan Hirsch, creator of Freeeup.com (which he just recently sold) and the upcoming Outsource School. This whole conversation is around finding the right team members, what should of criteria you should have for finding the right team members, what sort of things you should hire for, how to hire if you don’t feel like you are ready financially, and pretty much everything you need to know about getting good team members in place and what sort of things to be prepared for in this process.

Nate’s passions lie in running great companies but also hiring great people and having an awesome culture around that. We even touched on how the acquisition came to be and his exiting the business as well as the criteria Nathan set to make sure it was acquired by the right people who will run the business in almost the same way as he, in a way that is the most beneficial for not only his customers14 but his employees. After you’ve listened, be sure to check out our shows with Tim Francis and Gina Horkey for even more tips on how to find and hire the right people to make your business run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

If we were going to sell Freeeup, we had things that were important to us. We wanted to sell it to someone who wasn’t going to destroy and break it down. We wanted someone who loved the idea, loved the concept and was going to keep it and grow it.” - Nathan Hirsch

Some Topics We Discussed Include:

  • The importance of having a “Do Not Do” List for your VA’s
  • How to interview potential new hires properly
  • Nathan’s 90-day rule takeaway
  • How to properly vet developers
  • Which are the two best roles to hire for a VA at first
  • How to hire a VA even if you have a slim budget
  • How to build the right team and get them on the same page as you
  • How to build an awesome company culture so employees never want to leave
  • What to include in a great Standard Operating Procedure
  • And much, much more!

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