So, over the past few years, I've been sharing my story as an entrepreneur. I've shared my processes and success building niche sites. I've shared my success building a software business. And I've shared much more along the way.
And today, I'm excited to share that I have hired a full-time employee that starts on Monday!
This is a huge step forward in my business, and I see it as a way to grow my business in ways that I couldn't do on my own.
Now, you may be wondering what the big deal about hiring a full-time employee is, so let me share my perspective and just a little bit more about my own business.
People I Currently Employ
I have hired many people in the past, but most of these have been by the job or part-time gigs. Here's a quick look at the individuals that I currently employ:
- Lead Programmer for Long Tail Pro – I pay him for the hours he works, so its not full-time. Although at the rate he charges, its like paying for a full-time employee! (He's well worth the cost though, and you can see his great work by looking at Long Tail Pro). I have been employing him for over 2 years now, and he is doing at least some work for me almost daily.
- Secondary programmers for Long Tail Pro – My lead programmer works with 2 or 3 other programmers to handle some of the tasks for Long Tail Pro. So, these are short contracts or minimal hours that I pay them for typically.
- Customer Support for Long Tail Pro – I employ a customer support rep for Long Tail Pro. He works until all the customer needs are met each day; but most of the time that's just a couple of hours a day. He does an excellent job, and could grow to a full-time position if the need is there. I also personally spend an hour or 2 each day working with customers who contact me by email or have escalated requests.
- Full-time Virtual Assistant – So, I have been working with a “full-time” virtual assistant from the Philippines for the past few months. I put “full-time” in quotes because that's what she was supposed to be. However, she never put in a full-time schedule, even though I asked her to and gave plenty of tasks. I ended up with a part-time employee, and ultimately someone I had to let go about a week ago.
- Contract employees – I also employ many others from time to time to help with niche sites or other projects. These employees are graphic designers, article writers, link builders, or developers.
So, I typically have 3 or 4 employees that I am working with on an ongoing basis.
What's Different About This Hire?
So, you might ask, “What's the big deal about hiring a full-time employee then?” Well let me tell you what is different about this new hire.
Rather than just an “outsourced” virtual assistant, I've hired someone based in the US and well educated for the first time. I will also be paying this employee MUCH more than I've ever paid a virtual assistant in the Philippines. (Okay, yes, my lead developer for Long Tail Pro is US based and I pay him very well…but he's not full-time).
In a nutshell, this is the first time I truly feel like I will be able to hand off a section of my business and feel confident that its going to be done right.
The reason that I am confident that I've actually found someone that won't require constant oversight and will actually be proactive, is because I have worked with this individual in the past on other projects. There's nothing quite like seeing how someone will work, than actually working with them!
This is also a big deal, because its the first time I've ever gotten someone to quit their job to come and work for me. Yep, I convinced my new employee to quit their job and come help me grow my business…how cool is that!
Although, I'll be honest, it didn't take much convincing…who wants to work in some corporate environment in a boring job anyway? 🙂
What Will My New Employee Be Doing?
So, overall, my new employee will be a manager over my niche website business and other website projects I'm working on. In addition, we will be brainstorming other entrepreneurial ideas together and then tackling the ones that we think are the most feasible.
In a way, it will be a way for me to take a thousand thoughts that I have in my brain, and essentially hand these off to someone else. Its going to relieve the time associated with me attempting to work on these projects as well as the mind-share associated with them.
Over the past few months, my niche site portfolio has remained somewhat stagnant. I haven't had the time to build out new sites and work on my existing ones as much as I would have liked to. However, now I will have someone that knows what they are doing to organize and manage my niche site business full-time ( in addition to other projects we decide to pursue).
Overall, I'm excited to have my first real full-time employee working for me!
Hopefully with some of the time I'll be saving, I'll be able to post most great in-depth content here at NichePursuits.com!
Overall, I know this is a bit of a selfish post, there's not a lot of actionable items that you can take and apply to your own business. However, its now a part of the NichePursuits.com story, and I wanted to keep you in the loop!
In addition, perhaps some of you will find it motivational to go out there, be an entrepreneur, quit your job, and start hiring some of your employees!
I would love to hear any comments, questions, or thoughts that you have; I look forward to the discussion!