4 Common Employee Hiring Challenges Entrepreneurs Face and How to Overcome Them

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Entrepreneurs are known to wear multiple hats, and one of those hats is hiring new employees. This process is often tedious and time-consuming for business owners and includes numerous challenges. Highlighted below are four common problems with solutions to help entrepreneurs design a seamless hiring process.


Problem 1: Lack of Training

Tight budgets compel organizations to prioritize, which can lead to a lack of training for first-time employees. Each step as an entrepreneur is often a learning process. This work environment makes it hard to nail down training strategies. When new scenarios continually surface, what is the best way to address the lack of training?


Collaborative weekly meetings that discuss current and new processes within the company can be a great solution. During these learning sessions, provide a platform for new hires to learn existing methods from company leaders. A clear understanding of what to do when new conflicts arise allows for less dissatisfaction with employees. Schedule these meetings during the business’s less busy hours.

Problem 2: Delegation

Often, entrepreneurs face a conflict when delegating tasks after developing a company from scratch. Letting go of a need for perfection and control after dedicating hundreds of hours to a startup is understandably tricky. Delegating is unavoidable. Putting it aside can result in being overwhelmed, burned out, or even delaying company growth.


When searching for potential employees, start by figuring out what position to fill. Take a step back and look at the big picture. Analyze what lower-level tasks are time-consuming and go from there. When entrepreneurs try to hire employees for high-level tasks before learning how to delegate lower-level jobs, complications will most likely arise.

Problem 3: Finding Diamonds

Entrepreneurs need to hire employees that will help grow the company. The process of selecting the ideal candidate can be like finding diamonds in a haystack. After going through multiple candidates, interviewing, and hoping an ideal candidate will accept the job offer, many business owners are left thinking there must be a better way.


Be exclusive. Targeting potential candidates is like a marketing campaign. Job postings often lack crucial details and requirements that can be quickly listed to pre-qualify applicants. After acquiring a solid group of candidates, schedule interviews in-house to get to know your candidates personally. Approach the conversation as if the role to fill is more of a partnership to help grow the business. 

Problem 4: Less Money

Unfortunately, startups have a difficult time competing with big businesses regarding hiring. New companies are working with tight budgets and evolving processes. A larger company can quickly swoop a great candidate from under you by offering a higher salary. So, what then?

SolutionNew companies can offer unique perks that more established organizations fail to give. Substitute equity to make up for the lack of a higher salary. Flexible and remote positions are often a catch for younger employees, too.


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