Over my time as an entrepreneur I’ve hired over 300 contractors/staff (ran over 5000 interviews) and built a successful and dedicated team of 15 + full time staff (not many make it through the 3 months probation period 😂) with members spread across 4 continents. Here’s a few tips and lessons i’ve learned over the years that may help you build your own online team and business.
Firstly, the best place I’ve found to hire people is in two places. Number one is my own social network, simply one post on Facebook for a role within my fitness business got me over 150 high quality applications and 3 of my key team members, who are still around here today and crushing it @zeynlambat & @kevgarde_prismnutrition (plus a few other great guys who are still around and working part time!).
The second place is Upwork.com, where i’ve got most of my tech/dev/digital/design staff from and again, this place is responsible for the majority of my killer team I am so privileged to work with today and class as not only my employees, but also my friends.
Now, don’t get me wrong, for everyone great employee, I’ve had 20 bad ones (just look at my ratio of initial hires vs people who are still around, or even the interview (5000+) to hire ratio (100) above) but that’s just how it goes. Like anything in life, you’ve got to put in the work and go way above and beyond what any normal sane human being would do if you want to be successful. The same goes for building a team, if you want average people, sure you can interview 10 and pick one. If you want an elite team, you need to interview 100 and pick one 😉 #10xbaby
Once you’ve got your team in place, the next step is to actually develop a system so they can work efficiently online together. We use multiple platforms that cost thousands of dollars per month, but, we have no office or physical location cost. These include Hubstaff, Slack, Uberconference, Dapulse and Hive to name a few.
Finally, you’ve also got to maintain a positive culture and develop relationships, as it’s not as easy online vs in person. I’ve wrote an article on Forbes around this you can read, “Building a Rock Star Online Culture”.