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You can't just throw new hires into the workplace and hope for the best. First, you've got to train them right.

This story appears in the November 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you're used to being a sole proprietor, training your first employee can be a challenge. Will your new hire fit in with your business? How can you make sure he or she completes tasks correctly and efficiently?

The biggest mistake many entrepreneurs make is throwing everything at the new employee at once and expecting that person to get up to speed immediately, says Kathleen Miller, founder of Miller Consultants Inc., a training and organizational development company in Louisville, Kentucky. "You need to organize the information you're going to teach them," she says. "Don't just do it off the top of your head. The time it would take them to become productive [while] sorting though your random thoughts is way too much for a startup."

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