Who To Hire As You Grow A Startup
When you create a technology startup or any new business for that matter, it’s important to know not just when to start hiring, but also who to hire. No successful startup can grow without a great team, but this is one of the places new business creators often fail. They either want to keep doing things on their own, or they make mistakes in the hiring process.
When you have a startup, regardless of whether or not it’s in the technology industry, having the right people in place from early on is the only way you’ll be able to grow and expand.
Below are some tips that can help you with at least the “who” aspect of hiring.
Along with the skills you bring to the table, particularly if you name yourself CEO of your company, your project manager is going to be one of the most important people you hire. A strong project manager is going to be able to manage all of the moving parts that come along with any startup, and this is particularly true in the tech industry. Look for a project manager who not only has the education and certifications, but also someone who’s an excellent communicator, well-organized, and has a proven track record of getting results.
Front End Developer
If you’re not in the technology industry, you may or may not need an experienced front end developer, but if your startup is technology-based, this is someone you should hire as you’re still working to get your business up and running. A front end developer or engineer is going to ultimately save you money, because these are the professionals who have extensive coding experience, and also the ability to work toward the creation of user-friendly products and applications. You might also consider a full-stack developer or engineer since they can manage the front-end and the back-end, but when you go this route, you’re also probably not going to get the level of specialization you would from going specifically with a front or back end professional.
Your startup is really only as good as its marketing, at least in the eyes of the public and the people who matter most to your success. A lot of startup CEOs and creators will think marketing is something they can do on their own, but they find that either they quickly become stretched too thin, or they just don’t have the knowledge and skills they need. Your marketing manager should be able to work across channels, create content, know how to connect with your targeted audience, maintain profiles on social media, and essentially do it all. As you grow, you might consider segmented marketing professionals, but in the beginning, trying your best to find a jack-of-all-trades in the marketing world is probably going to be most realistic.
The final person you should most likely hire as you’re launching your startup? A data professional. Almost everything in technology and the business world is driven by an understanding of big data, and how to take large amounts of information and transform it into actionable insights. A data professional is going to be able to save you time and money, while also giving you a glimpse at what you should be doing to grow your business. They’re invaluable in most organizations, particularly in the tech industry.