How to Grow from 10 Employees to 50 in 1 Year
Technology is a fast-paced business. It’s grow quickly or bust, and there’s always pressure to be constantly ahead of yourself. How do you more than quadruple your staff in a year without capsizing the ship?
Listen to Future You
At the end of the first year, you’ll look back and see that it wouldn’t have killed you to slow down and wait. Yes, you have to keep the momentum and grow the team in order to grow the product, but it’s more important to hire well than to hire now.
Behave as if You Have 50 Employees from Day 1
Every new startup begins with an intimate group. The goal is clear, the energy is high, and communication is seamless because there are so few personalities in the room. Everyone feels important and essential to accomplishing the collective goal. It’s all very warm and fuzzy.
But grow you must! And before you do, make sure you have a plan in place to support a large staff in a way that maintains that warm and fuzzy feeling. It’s very easy to lose voices in a big crowd, and it’s much harder to implement a new system late in the game once everyone has developed habits.
Don’t Wait Until You Need a Bigger Boat
You don’t have to come up with the system on your own. There are plenty of processes that someone else has tried and tested.
But you still have to keep all those happy, empowered employees functioning efficiently. Find a system that works and stick with it. Make the changes before a large group of people grows accustomed to doing things a certain way. It is much easier to train new employees when you don’t have to also worry about retraining the old ones.
Security is Always a Priority
You’ve hired employees you trust, but the more people you have under your roof, the more hands are touching your customers’ data. More hands mean a larger margin for error, and worst case, more opportunities for a bad apple to slip through the cracks and do damage. Your customers need to know that you take measures to keep their information safe, so have those measures in place when the team is still small.
Oh Captain, my Captain
Remember, you are the leader. You are the boss. You can’t wait to act like the boss until it’s inevitable – you have to be the boss from the beginning. If people see that you have a plan, that your responses are consistent and you have everything under control, you’ll set yourself up for much smoother sailing as your crew grows.