I’d like to tell you a story. I was on match.com for over FIVE years. I went out of lots of different people. Some turned into
friends, some relationships, some I would never answer the phone for again.
Each time, I had to do the hair, get the heels on, muster up the energy for another first date. I had to listen to what they said… and then WATCH their actions to really get to know them. Were they smooth talkers? Players?
Each time for over FIVE YEARS they all didn’t end up working out for one reason or another. How did I keep going again and again?
Was I insane? Maybe.
Was I determined? Yes.
Did I feel like I was going to die alone and never find anyone bc a lot of them turned into duds? Many times.
But I Kept Going…
As some of you know, my top goal in life has always been to be a Mom and Wife. I wanted and needed a partner to do that with.
In fact, I did start to get burned out. I rejected Alex (my now husband) advances for a first date TWICE before I actually accepted the third time he asked me (and he said he wouldn’t have asked a 4th time). My own discouragement almost helped me miss out on my SOUL MATE! I even went to our first date with the same outfit I wore at the conference I had just gotten back from!
That’s how much I was burnt out.
Why Am I Telling You This?
I have been there with hiring too. Trust me… I did a hiring freeze from Oct to Feb (bc I was getting married and on honeymoon) and it took me THREE MONTHS to find my next awesome pet sitter. But sometimes that is the way it works.
Here is my suggestion:
- If what you are doing isn’t working, consider changing it up from time to time. I even wrote 12 ideas other than Craigslist for you to try!
- Don’t get discouraged!
- Know EXACTLY what you are looking for. If you want to get married, buy a house, and have a family…. someone who has no job, no goals, no zest for life, isn’t going to work for you!
- Don’t be easily excited by the romance. Take a step back and see if their past and present actions back up the words that are coming out of their mouth.
- Remember why you want to hire. Remember the bigger picture. Don’t let yourself get dragged down into the gloom and doom of the failures and stay focused on the prize. Example: “This new pet sitter will be worth $60K revenue to my business and allow X to happen”
- Adjust your business as your supply allows. Raise your rate a few dollars if you already have enough business than you can handle for new customers. You can always drop it back down low when you hire on that new person and want to build up their client base.
We have very unique businesses. We are not hiring a cashier for a 9-5 job. We are hiring staff to sleep in people’s bedrooms and go into their homes. Just like my example above, we are looking for a permanent relationship…. not just a fling. It takes time to find those people. Don’t get discouraged. You can do it. It is out there. Remember the reason why you have created this business and why you want it to succeed. You can do it.