I'm running a small business by myself. I need to hire some help so I have time to expand the business. I've talked to a few prospects, but it's clear I have no idea what makes a good employee. In your experience, what should I be looking for in a long term part time employee? Personality traits? Experience?
I think that this answer depends on you. The key to success of any organization is the leadership and the people. If you get the leadership part right (you) then the people part should be naturally attracted to you. People bring talents that make you better. People you hire should bring joy to you, passion for the business, accountability, and problems too. But the problems can be good to help you really focus on what you want.
In the book by Ken Blanchard, "Create Raving Fans" on key to success is:
1. Decide what you want
2. Discover what your customer wants
3. Deliver what the customers wants; deliver the vision plus 1%