The past few years taught me the importance of having some kind of team to rely on so you can focus more on business development and less on operations. Only problem with that for a solo venture is, recruiting, training and retaining talent can be costly and time consuming. Especially when you have an increase in client work coming in.
In 2018, after some deliberating with another founder, we decided to run some kind of internship program so we could train and scout talent in a structured way. It never happened, we both got too busy!
This year I quietly beta launched the company's second attempt at a service (simple invoicing tool) right around the same time competition came out with theirs in a big way (and much bigger budget). We also successfully gained a new consulting client. Needless to say, I had my hands full. I even turned down a few opportunities and had to back pedal on a novel writing class I took up.
That's leaving money on the table! So I finally bit the bullet and put together an internship in September so I could at least get an idea what the local talent market was like.
While it was daunting at times to switch between work and conducting the internship, I'm glad we did it. I feel like I've learned a lot about what it takes to recruit people.
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Happy New Year!