Do you really need to hire?

People often hire to fix problems, but hiring isn’t always a magic bullet. So before you recruit, it’s wise to give some thought to why a problem exists.

The most important thing about hiring as a start-up is to set a high hiring bar.

Hiring people who don’t work out is a waste of time and money. Even after hiring, continue to review and make sure you formalise the probation period in the employment contract.

Make sure you hire people that you want to spend time with. Even better, hire people who you can learn from.

Don’t hire too quickly. ‘Decide and do’ is a great start-up mantra, but when it comes to hiring snap decisions are never the best decisions. Aim to review a few candidates for each role. However, don’t hold out on progressing with a good candidate because you need a comparison.

Finally – just to press this point home – remember to choose quality over quantity. Many mediocre employees don’t produce the same quality as one amazing employee.