How I Built a Strong Team For My Startup And You Can Do It Too

“Great things in business are not done by one person, they’re done by a team of people. “

If you want to make it big in the business world, it is impossible to do it alone.

Having a talented team of experts by your side is one of the biggest plus points you have over your rivals to achieve desired business outcomes and satisfy all your client requirements professionally.

But building your dream team is not an easy task to achieve. There are many hurdles and checkpoints you need to keep a keen eye on.

With my 5 years of experience in the business industry, I’ve had the privilege to work with many talented professionals and freshers. With different values, skillets, and cultural backgrounds, I learned many vital things about team management and how to build my strongest team.

Now, at Apna Writer, we have one of the biggest networks of freelance writers in India, an in-house team of writers, editors, and strategists, putting in their creativity to deliver top-notch quality content to businesses worldwide. We also have a great local presence in cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, and more.

All this was only possible because of all the team management lessons I channeled into Apna Writer. I have compiled all my lessons and listed down the tips for your assistance below:

Trust Is A Vital Element

Trust is most important among team members. If your team doesn’t trust your mission and vision, they won’t give in their 100% for your venture. You need to earn their trust so that they can align with what you believe for your brand and hence deliver their best every time they put on their work shoes.

Have a one-to-one conversation with individuals who you think can level up their efforts. Having conversations will help create a vibe of trust amongst individuals and make your employees feel you care for them.

Once everyone is on board with you, then you’ll be able to build your dream team in no time.

Avoid Direct Intakes

Never directly take people into your team. You need to avoid hiring people your friends or family recommend until and unless you are thoroughly sure about their skills and compatibility.

Don’t forget that you are running a business, and you need experts handling different aspects of your business while working in sync. You can’t onboard random people and make your ship unstable due to biased decisions.

Consider the recommendation, put them on a probation period, and work with them to check their skills and compatibility. If everything goes well, that’s great, but if they cannot step up on your expectations, they are not a good fit to be a part of your dream team.

Avoid Egoistic People

Never let people with ego into your team. There is no ‘I’ in a team. If an employee is too self-centered, it will harm your business. It doesn’t matter if they are in the upper or lower hierarchy; you need to let off people who have ego issues.

A team member should be ready to accept criticism from other team members. This will help them improve on their mistakes and bring out the best version to the work table.

Ego could result in one of the key factors that can cause the downfall of your team. You want people with good values and humble nature to work together and grow together. The more humble and modest your team members are, they’ll gel up easily and work most effectively.

Learning Mindset Is Important Than Skills

You need active learners in your team to scale up your business. You can’t make it big with rigid minds who don’t want to improve and grow daily.

It doesn’t matter if a team member doesn’t know the work, but should always be willing to learn. That’s what will drive your business towards success.

Spot the learning attitude in your team members while hiring them or make your existing team members understand the importance of learning. A team of learners is your secret code to deliver the best to your clients and climb up the ladder in your industry.

Add Effective Team Players

A team member should always work for the betterment or improvement of the team rather than self. You want team members who are willing to step up and go that extra mile for achieving promised deadlines, who put in extra efforts to make other teammates succeed. So, be selective about your team members.

Also, a good team player will always maintain confidentiality about the work & encourage others to do better. Great team players will create a happy and motivated work culture around them, and it will have a positive effect on your entire team.

An effective team driven with positive beliefs and a result-oriented attitude will drive 100x results and growth to your business compared to a team lacking these traits.

Your job as a team leader is to be very selective with your team and inject whatever it takes to create a positive, friendly, and growth-oriented work environment.

These were the golden nuggets of advice that helped me build a strong team. I hope the tips help you assess a stronger team for your business.

Is Your Dream Team Ready?

If you have been in the business world for a long time now, you probably know the importance of having a highly effective team. When you have the right person doing the right job for your venture, then there’s no force stopping your venture from reaching new heights.

With all these learnings and your expertise, you now know how to build the dream team for your venture to make it big in the business world.

Sit down and analyze every individual working for your brand, spot their weaknesses and strengths, find ways to improve their effectiveness, and you are done with a crucial part for your success.

If you still feel that there are certain gaps you need to fill in your business processes, hire the best fit for the job, analyze their work approach and attitude with others. And if they fit in well, you got everything on track. If not, try some other right contenders for the job; you’ll land up the right fit.

Don’t wait. Assess your team members and start building your dream team, today.

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