When you’re building something from the ground up and have the resources to make your first hire, who should you hire first? And second? And third?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there isn’t a standard answer. What you *can *do is analyse what your role is and how you spend your time.This will show you where the gaps are.
Start with some introspection on your role in the project. Audit your schedule and performance. Write down all your responsibilities. Literally. Look at them from a weekly or monthly perspective. Look at your calendars and to-do lists. Look at your strengths and passions. Look at your areas of low performance, or the things you ignore.They probably fit into distinct categories.
You have to know what is most important to your function and your project at all times. Notice the things you’re spending little time on but still performing well in, or more importantly, the areas that you’re spending little time on and not performing well in. Consider what will be happening over the next 12 months. Write down the resources you will need to hit each milestone.
If you can’t give more of your time to your project, or at least reallocate your time, make a hiring plan based on the priority areas that aren’t doing well. Keep this updated and within arm’s reach. When you’re ready to grow your team, trust your gut.