There comes a point in every business where they are at the crossroad of having to hire employees. This point comes at different stages for every business but it can be a very scary time. Trusting other to tend to the affairs of your business can be stressful for a business owner. Delmar Johnson, Owner & Chief HR Advisor of HR Brain for Hire is here to help take some of the stress out of the process. Check out my interview with Delmar and her initial pitch.
PITCH! You don’t have the budget that the corporate BIG BOYS have to build a power team, NO PROBLEM, you are exactly the start-up and small business HR Brain for Hire likes to serve. We help you build your team and increase productivity, so you make more money in 4-focused steps. http://www.hrbrainforhire.com
What key piece of advice would you give to other business owners?
Be prepared to be your own best cheerleader. There will be many lonely days, particularly if you are in the startup phase of your business, and having a clear understanding of your “why” will keep you motivated to go through the highs and lows of building a successful business.
What question do your customers ask most often? And how do you answer?
I would say the most asked question from customers is, “how do I find help, when I don’t have a lot of money pay anyone?” I love it when a startup or growing small business owner ask me that, because it allows me to point out one of what I consider the most cost effective way to do it, “an Intern.”
How do you define success?
I measure success by the connections I make and the relationships I am building that lead to new opportunities, and new clients. I consider the referrals that have already been sent my way as a sign of success.
Why did you start your business?
It was all the result of an “a-ha” moment that happened late in 2010 while on a contract/temp assignment. One of the supervisors I recruited for that Client told me he thought it as great what I was doing and that I should hire myself out to help others seeking a job or businesses needing HR help. It hit me like a bolt of lightning. By the time I got to my car I had a name for my business, (Recruiter for Hire) but I changed it the very next day to what it is currently (HR Brain for Hire) because my vision was bigger than just recruiting.
Does the name of your business have a significant meaning?
It does have significant meaning to me for two reasons: (1) The “HR” gives a business owner an immediate understanding of what kind of helpful resource we can be to them, and (2) “Brain for Hire” puts us on their mind and gives the perception that we are an accessible resource when they need us.
HR Brain for Hire is more than a boutique consulting company we consider ourselves a budget conscious and necessary resource to the startup and growing small business. We help them navigate through a maze of steps and information that sets the tone for building a strong team, improving productivity and establishing good employee relations.
What and or who inspires you?
I am most inspired by individuals who have made the conscious decision to keep going forward, even when circumstances around them say otherwise. That same individual is someone who’s a “not business as usual” kind of person that sees the chance to be a resource to others as a win/win opportunity.
What are your hobbies or interests outside of business?
I enjoy reading spiritual-based, self-improvement, business-oriented type books and magazines; the escape of a good movie is always on my agenda; a great amusement park and I am a volunteer for two great non-profit organizations that focuses on the empowerment of women and girls.
What book, website, or blog (besides your own) do you recommend to other small business owners?
What is your “must have” software, app, resource or tool for running your business?
My must haves include: Google docs & calendar, Hootsuite, Mailchimp, and my most recent discovery of Evernote.
To contact HR Brain for Hire:
Delmar Johnson, Owner & Chief HR Advisor
HR Brain for Hire