As I mentioned last month, ensure you’ve sorted your branding before recruiting your team. You’ve got to do it anyway, and it inspires a lot more confidence if you already have a website and business card when you first meet people. We should also clear up any remaining imposter syndrome issues while we’re at it since you may be asking yourself why any self-respecting professional would want to work with you, a newbie developer. Well, if no new developers ever came along, they’d eventually run out of clients. So, not only are you their next generation of long-term clients, but your money is as good as anyone else’s. Plus, they’ll get paid their fee regardless of your abilities. And, of course, your brand will look ten times better than the other newbie developers they come across, so they’ll already think you’re a cut above the rest.
You now need to put some names in the frame for each discipline, and there are a few things to bear in mind. Firstly, not all professionals are created equal. If you’re building entry-level flats, you don’t want to hire an architect specialising in high-end luxury houses. They could probably do the job, but they’ve no experience designing what you’re looking for. The same rule applies to contractors, structural engineers, and project managers; find people with a proven track record in the type of project you’re building. Your commercial lender will also want you to tick this box. Similarly, for accountants and solicitors always hire people who already work with developers, even if your incumbent is a close family friend you’ve known for decades.