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4 Things to Consider When Making Your First Hires Making the right decisions today will ensure your company's survival tomorrow.

By John Bradley

This story appears in the May 2014 issue of Start Up.

Congrats. Your new venture has some traction, and you're ready to hire employees. While you always expected this day would come, you may not have given the process much thought. Now you have to. Bringing on staff means investing a big chunk of your operating budget, and the right hiring decisions today will ensure your company's survival tomorrow.

Build a team that will take you from solo operator to buzzing work force.

1. Be honest about what you can afford.

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