#1 Strategy for Onboarding New Team Members

We all know what it’s like to start a new job or to start working for a new client.

That first day is crucial for setting the tone and establishing relationships and expectations.

Adding freelancers and people to your team can help lighten your load and grow your business. But with it comes the need to onboard the newbies in a way that creates the right experience from day one.

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Onboarding new employees or freelancers means striking a balance between establishing expectations and giving them the tools to succeed while also managing your own time and resources. The best strategy to onboard new employees is this: create living documents and videos of how to do their jobs.

Taking the time to create documents and videos requires time in advance but allows for a more seamless transition for newbie onboarding. Think through what the person will need to know, including things like resources, contact information for other team members, screenshots of logins and how they need to do certain things and more.

Creating a content library for onboarding is crucial for two main reasons:

  1. Sometimes, new freelancers don’t work out. When that happens, you’ve likely already spent days or weeks investing time to train them. But by creating a series of documents and videos, you already have the resources in place to easily onboard their replacement.
  2. Living documents can be edited as the company changes. Providing resources empowers newbies to engage with the content on their own time instead of you having to repeat the same information for every freelancer who joins the business. As the company grows and processes change, living documents can easily be edited to stay up to date with the most accurate information.

Following this number one strategy for onboarding freelancers not only sets the tone from day one for what it’s like to be on the team and empowers newbies, but it also frees up your valuable time as an entrepreneur.

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