Hiring employees, a big world out there and a bigger read

Hey folks, back for another solopreneur blog post. Let’s jump right in:

My last week(s) in business

Very exciting last few weeks from my end, for a few reasons.

First, development of our immigration tech platform is moving along and our small tech team is working well together. To have a successful business it’s important to hire solid employees.

It’s pretty crazy to hire employees when you think about it, in the sense that you’re taking a huge “financial risk” by hoping that the person you hire is going to be good at what they do, work well with the rest of your team, and help your company move toward its vision.

So far we’ve been lucky in that our employees and contractors have gelled well together, here’s to hoping it continues.

We’ve also launched the recruitment side of our business plan, where we’re helping Canadian companies find software developers from around the world that they can interview, hire and bring to Canada – we facilitate this entire process.

The response has been fantastic, we’ve had a ton of inbound interest from both developers and companies and are excited to help make the world of work a little more global.

There have been a lot of moving pieces to set in place (a sales process, an intake process, a database growth process for developers, and some partnerships with recruiters around the world), but these are the things I enjoy about new business – creating business processes, acting on them, negotiating and doing deals.

Still early stages but I’ll keep you posted as these progress.

What I’m thinking about

It’s interesting to see how people and solopreneur businesses are pretty similar, no matter where they are in the world. As I mentioned, we’re partnering with some tech recruiters around the world, and when it comes down to it, business is a pretty universal language.

Yes, there are differences. Some parts of the world are more casual, some get right to the point, some don’t. 

But at the end of the day, businesses exist to make money, and everyone including small business owners are looking for new and exciting ways to do just that. 

I’ve also slowly begun to understand that – not to sound too cliché – there really is a whole other world out there. Just when you think a certain industry or area of business feels “small”, you realize there are businesses and people all over the world that you’ve never heard of, who are doing incredible things you never realized or knew about to gain potential customers and build their own business.

Not too much more to say there other than if you’ve thought about it or are doing it, there are probably other people out there thinking about it or doing it too, and it might be worth connecting with them!

What I’m Reading

I’m about halfway through Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It’s actually my 2nd time reading it because I tend to reread really great books at least once (I find I can usually still learn so much from rereads and after a year or two, I forget half of what I read anyway…).

It’s a big book at about 650 pages, so I’ll need until my next email to give you my thoughts, but if you can’t wait that long, check out a blog post and video I made a few years ago on my 3 key takeaways from the book here.

Have an awesome week, feel free to share or forward this to anyone you think might enjoy reading my solopreneur blog updates and book recommendations, and keep grinding.

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