It was 2011. Kevin brought on a full-time contractor. Not technically an employee as he didn’t offer benefits, but someone that was dedicated to the work he was doing. He definitely allowed Kevin to focus more on what he was doing but unfortunately, they found that he did not help to grow the company. They made the same amount of money that year as Kevin did when he was working by himself. And the next year too. Except now he paid someone close to $40,000.
He thought maybe this is just how business works; maybe it was taking things off his plate making him less stressed and with more time on his hands. But the reality Kevin had to face was that he was working just as hard and still doing a lot of the work himself.
It was not until that person was gone having pursued a full-time job with benefits and Kevin brought on his second hire, did things really change. He hired Jason – who is still with the company today – in 2014 as a contractor and immediately saw the business double. He worked really closely with Jason who was – and is – a very hard worker. They were able to get an office and start to actually grow the business. If it wasn’t for Jason and being such an efficient new hire, Kevin admits that he probably wouldn’t be where he is today. He can’t thank him enough for being there and sticking with him.
So if you’re in business and thinking about your first hire, yes, it can be challenging and scary because it’s unknown. But you need that first hire that’s going to double your business. If you don’t see any sort of growth in your business as a direct result of that hire, they’re just going to cost you a lot of money and growth.
Go out there, hire great people, and hold onto them!
Erik J. Olson is an award-winning digital marketer & entrepreneur. The Founder & CEO of Array Digital, he is also the host of the Journey to $100 Million Flash Briefing and daily podcast, and the organizer of the Marketers Anonymous monthly meetups.
Kevin Daisey is an award-winning digital marketer & entrepreneur. He started his first company when he was just 23, and is the Founder & CMO of Array Digital. Kevin is the also the co-host of the Journey to $100 Million Flash Briefing and daily podcast, and the co-organizer of the Marketers Anonymous monthly meetups.