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Hiring Employee Number One: From Freelancer to Agency

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My PrestigeConf presentation on the history of WebDevStudios.com.

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Hiring Employee Number One: From Freelancer to Agency

  1. 1. Hiring Employee Number One
 From Freelancer to Agency
  2. 2. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert Kennedy
  3. 3. 2008
  4. 4. Be prepared to make sacrifices
  5. 5. ME  
  6. 6. ME   DOGS  
  7. 7. Work with people you like
  8. 8. No road is long with good company 
 - Turkish Proverb
  9. 9. Starting WebDevStudios
  10. 10. Minimize Overhead
  11. 11. 2009
  12. 12. Not  Funny   Bro!  
  13. 13. 2010
  14. 14. •  Interns •  Local Community – Meetups, WordCamps, Events •  Social Networks – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn •  Look Outside the Box –  Justin (House Painter -> Lead Developer) –  Jaimie (Hot Topic Manager -> Project Manager) How to Hire
  15. 15. Chris Cochran was WebDevStudios first intern and first hire
  16. 16. Matt Mullenweg was our third hire
  17. 17. Brian Williams was our fourth….
  18. 18. •  Business Insurance •  Payroll Taxes –  Withholding –  Unemployment Taxes –  Varies by State Lessons Learned in Hiring
  19. 19. •  Legal / Lawyer Fees – Employee Handbook – Contracts •  Benefits •  HR Lessons Learned in Hiring
  20. 20. Things to Look For in Employees •  Attitude is as important as skill level •  Always eager to learn more •  Can admit what they don’t know •  Enjoys knowledge sharing •  Able to work from home
  21. 21. Final Thoughts •  Listen to your Gut •  Take Risks •  Stay Focused •  Balance Work and Life •  If you aren’t happy, make a change
  22. 22. And finally, never forget to….
  23. 23. Treat Yo Self!
  24. 24. Brad Williams CEO / Co-Founder @ WebDevStudios

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