Like any business, hiring a manager for a startup company is an important part of its stability and growth. First, think about the type of management skills you may need. What is it you would like the manager to do? Hire other talent, run the sales efforts, handle human resource (HR) functions, manage all marketing campaigns, or do a combination of everything?
The first step in hiring any person is to clearly identify your hiring criteria for the position. You’ll want to identify exactly what you are looking for. Are you in the market for an operational manager only? Or do you need a variety of skills for the business to prosper and grow? Will the manager wear many different hats? How will these skills complement the founder’s skills?
For example, in the technology field, many startup founders are technically proficient, but they lack either the time, desire, or ability to handle the day-to-day activities such as marketing, sales, hiring, payroll, insurance, supplies, paying bills and banking, among many others.