Practical Advice for Founders Heading their First Ever Startup

By  Zainab Agha

February 26, 2022 1:27 am EST

As a first-time founder you are constantly seeking advice that a) comes from hands-on experience and b) advice that is not jotted in a management and leadership book everywhere.

It can be daunting to project the future of your idea, while also trying your very best with what attention, time, and efforts are left to run your startup smoothly. Here are some things that you should try to mark off your checklist as soon as you can. 

Do Not Take Hiring out of the Budget

Your first thought may be hey, I have to be extra careful with the funding I have secured so I will do most of the tasks that need to be done in my startup. No matter how motivated and passionate you think you are, there is only so much you can do. When you are stretched thin you are most definitely doing a poor job at everything.

Most entrepreneurs hesitate to hire because they are not comfortable with losing control. But if you have dreams to scale your app startup, this is the best time to practice delegating tasks to the best in the business. 

You are your Own Boss 

When running an app startup, you may be thinking that you are entitled to your own calendar. You can make your own work hours, and you can take a vacation whenever it suits you. While that is technically true it also leaves room for you to be the most inefficient one in the organization. 

Your team needs to view you as a beacon while they are at their desks. When emails are being replied to hours later and a lot of things are just blocking the tunnel of approval, your model is basically unproductive.     

Surround Yourself with Talent that Complements You

As a visionary, you want people who are working for you to share that vision. When you simply pick the most accomplished person on paper, you forget that they may not gel with your company. Your startup will work at its best when you are working with people who understand your objectives and are aligned with your corporate culture. 

It is possible that you loathe the whole process of hiring people. And why would you not. You have a hundred things on your plate as a founder and sifting through resumes, scheduling interviews, conducting interviews, making offers, negotiating can take up a lot of your time. The neatest way around this is that you hire the top-tier people in your new startup, and then let them hire the people that will populate their chain of command. 

If Everyone is Miserable, It’s Over!

There is a fine line between being miserable and being stressed out of your mind. You could be stressed but passionate about what you do. Fast learners and proactive people are the ones who wake up every day ready to walk into work. Sure people complain, but deep down are they excited about the work they do?

Make sure that you are in constant communication with the employees. Do not make assumptions.

The same idea applies to you as a founder. If you no longer feel that spark that made you start this journey, you will give less and less to this venture. Realizing this sooner will enable you to make changes in where you wish to be headed. 


Zainab Agha

Zainab started her career in advertising as a copywriter; which taught her how valuable moxie was in the boardroom and translates that in her campaigns. Building brands has led her to explore digital marketing, communication concepts, and what it takes to grow an idea from scratch. In her free time (let’s assume she is a badass with balancing work and play) she travels in heels then complains, experiments with innovative creative solutions that sell, and does stand-up comedy.

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