12 Months to Startup

Month 10: Create Your Support Team.

You'll need a team of reliable contractors, suppliers, advisory board members and employees. Create a network of other self-employed people whose talents, knowledge, resources and skills can be used to handle the demands of your business. Besides helping you with overflow work, the collaborative talents of your team can help you obtain larger projects and grow with your clients' needs.

Make contractor and supplier connections through networking. Test the reliability of a contractor on a small, nonrush project first. If you need to hire employees, consider interns, students or part-timers as your first-time hires. Your advisory board can include a mix of professional peers, legal or financial advisors, or mentors. Meet with them a few times a year to solicit their professional feedback.

Resource Guide

  • Should you hire an employee? Explore your options in Help Wanted?
  • Get free personnel forms-including job applications, time cards and more-on Entrepreneur.com's FormNet.
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