The key to the success of any small business is a team of employees that are motivated and in tune with the objectives and goals of the company. If they share the company’s vision, they will be inspired to work hard and this, in turn, will contribute to the greater success of your enterprise. But, finding the right people to join your team is not easy. You need them to have the right qualifications, skills, and experience. Recruitment is no easy task, but you can take these quotes from successful entrepreneurs and use them as a guide. Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can't miss. -Lee Iacocca For a successful business, you need employees that have the necessary skills that will keep it growing. Consider each competent employee an asset that you have invested in for your business. Keep communication lines open and make sure your workers know just what is expected from them. Spur them on to do better and reward each effort. Research indicates that employees have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company. -Zig Ziglar Prospective candidates are no doubt looking for great salaries, but more than that, they need challenges that excite them and make them want to rise up to. If you cannot offer high salaries, offer interesting prospects and opportunities to grow. You could also offer incentives and the possibility of being involved in the company operations. Use these strategies to attract the great talent you need. We do not hire experts neither do we hire men on past experiences or for any position other than the lowest. Since we do not take a man on his past history, we do not refuse him because of his past history. I never met a man who was thoroughly bad. There is always some good in him if he gets a chance. -Henry Ford It is understandable that you’re going to be looking for candidates with the best of qualifications, great experience and an impressive portfolio. But, sometimes you need more than just that. You need people who can bring fresh ideas into your business and, basically, think outside the box. One great idea can turn whole companies around and yours might just be the one. The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world. -Steve Jobs Hiring the best talents in the market can give your company that all-important extra edge over the competition. Choosing incompetent and unskilled people will only lead to a drain in your resources, both, in terms of finances, equipment and reputation. Your employees are going to be working with your company on a long-term basis and a high employee turnover is the last thing you want to waste time dealing with. Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don't have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it's true. If you hire somebody without integrity, you really want them to be dumb and lazy. -Warren Buffet Integrity and strong work ethics are indispensable for the success of your company. Choose employees that will understand and support the work culture of your company. You also want to look for enthusiasm and the drive to be successful in whatever task they take up. Also remember, that great qualifications don’t always indicate intelligence and sensible thinking. If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won't require any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them. Their fire comes from within, not from without. Their motivation is internal, not external. -Stephen Covey Look for employees that know their job and don’t need constant supervision. Qualified, efficient personnel that are dedicated to their job will function without the need for micromanagement. This quality is important if you need to free up your time to focus on other areas of managing your company. It’s very important in a restaurant to really do the right hiring, because there’s no restaurant that you have one cook and one chef and nobody else in the kitchen. -Wolfgang Puck, Chef & Restaurant Owner When putting together the team you need, you need to hire a diversity of talent to keep your business functioning well. You can have super strategists, but you also also need super executives that put those brilliant plans into action and make them happen. Always remember that your employees make or break your company. What tips do you have for other business owners looking to hire new personnel?