So, you got a business and you think in order for you to be able to move your business along, you have to align yourself with strategic individuals to help you achieve your mission and realize your business vision. 

Before we look at ways to set up strong business teams, let me make this very clear, 

YOU DO NOT NEED A TEAM OF PEOPLE IN ORDER TO MOVE YOUR BUSINESS!
Don't get me wrong, having a team can take the load off of you, but don't sit around waiting for a team to work. 

The one thing I'm tired of seeing is women entrepreneurs sitting down on their businesses, waiting to make (any) moves in their businesses, just because they don't have a team. 

In addition, do not devalue your business just because you do not have a team. Having a team or not having a team is not the measure of value, knowledge or something that works. So if you do not have a team, please do not believe that your products and services are less than another business's just because that business has a team. I've seen teams produce straight junk and I've seen solo entrepreneurs produce six and seven figure earning products and services. 
    
A team is much more than extra help and support...it is a responsibility! 
At the points along your business building journey where you are able to align yourself with other business owner who you feel may make great team members, below are five key points to remember so your team projects and efforts are successful: 

1. ALL potential team members must be interviewed. Best practice...create a questionnaire for each team member candidate to fill out so that you are able to obtain information that gives you insight into how the potential team member thinks and what may motivate them to serve or sabotage your business building efforts. 

2. ALL team members must sign a team agreement that details team rules and what tasks are assigned to each team member. Each team member should be clear on what their tasks are. The work that gets done helps to ensure the scope of work gets complete, correctly and on time. NO VERBAL CONVERSATIONS AND DIRECTIVES. Put all of the specifics in writing so that if and when issues arise regarding who is supposed to do what, the agreement will clear up any confusion. 

3. ALL team members must be viewed as equal contributors to the team. No one on the team is any better than anyone else. There are simply team members who are best fitted for varied tasks. Do not allow your team members to see themselves as contributing more than others simply because their tasks may be a bit more upleveled. Everyone on the team does something to keep the team moving smoothly towards tasks completion. 

4. Everyone on the team comes to the team meetings. They love to be on the team, getting the recognition, but come up with every excuse under the moon why they cannot come to team meetings. Team meetings are important because they allow information to be desiminated to the entire group all at once, questions can be asked and answered and everyone can get real and true information, all at the same time. Team meetings also allow for each team member to give updates and reports on their portion of the task or project. 

5. Problem team members must be removed. When team members become problems 
When you are solid in the foundation and structure of your business and you are ready to align yourself with other business owners and professionals who you feel may make great team members, below are ten key points to remember in order for all of your team projects and collaboration efforts to be successful: 

1. Create a team member profile. Your team member profile should detail all of the qualities you want individuals to possess before you recruit them or when they become members of your team. 

2. ALL potential team members must be interviewed. Best practice...create a questionnaire for each team member candidate to fill out so that you are able to obtain information that gives you insight into how the potential team member thinks and what may motivate them to serve or sabotage your business building efforts. The questionnaires can be based on what role you want the potential team member to fill. 

3. ALL team members must sign a team agreement that details team rules and what tasks are assigned to each team member. Each team member should be clear on what their tasks are. The work that gets done helps to ensure the scope of work gets complete, correctly and on time. NO VERBAL CONVERSATIONS AND DIRECTIVES. Put all of the specifics in writing so that if and when issues arise regarding who is supposed to do what, the agreement will clear up any confusion. 

4. ALL team members must be viewed as equal contributors to the team. No one on the team is any better than anyone else. There are simply team members who are best fitted for varied tasks. Do not allow your team members to see themselves as contributing more than others simply because their tasks may be a bit more upleveled. Everyone on the team does something significant to keep the team moving smoothly towards tasks completion. 

5. Everyone on the team comes to the team meetings. They love to be on the team, getting the recognition, being in the photo shoots, but come up with every excuse under the moon why they cannot come to team meetings. Team meetings are important because they allow information to be disseminated to the entire group all at once, questions can be asked and answered and everyone can get real and true information, all at the same time. Team meetings also allow for each team member to give updates and reports on their progress for their portion of the task or project. 

6. Problem team members must be removed. When team members become problems for the team, they should be removed. The team is a unit and again, no one is bigger than the team. 
7. A team environment must be positive. As the team leader, it is your responsibility to maintain a cohesive environment where your team members can work and remain positive. If you are not willing or are not strong enough to demand that all team members stay positive, you are not ready to lead a team. 

8. You cannot get caught up in foolishness. The minute you allow yourself to whisper behind the backs of team members, with other team members, your team has failed. As the team leader, you must stay out of mess and when mess starts a brewing, you have to be the one to simmer it all down. 

9. Friends on the team are team members. It is best practice not to work with friends, but if you insist on working with your friends, they get treated like all other team members. Whether they've been your friend for 25 years or 25 days, they still go through each measure that all team members have to adhere to. Remember, it's business, it ain't personal...keep it business! 

10. Reward your team. Good work, consistency, focus and dedication should always be rewarded. Doing something as simple as giving out certificates, hosting a special team dinner or monetarily rewarding each team member for their work is always a great idea. Do not just create a team and use them to put money in your bank.