Congratulations! You’ve started the search for your first employee. Now what? Before you get overwhelmed with the task of hiring, here a few things you can do to make sure you’re prepared to take on the hiring process.

Write down the qualities of your ideal candidate. Sit down and make a (realistic) list of what skills and characteristics you’re looking for in an ideal candidate. As you comb through applications and prepare for interview, you’ll know which direction you’re headed in. Maintaining this focus can really help with you’re under the pressure to make a final decision.

Do some research and take a look at job postings similar to yours. Accurate job titles are an important part of attracting the job seekers you want. If this is the first time you’re posting online, do a search to see what type of language other postings use for titles and description details. Remember to keep things short and sweet as your craft your own description.

Start making sense of paperwork. New hires come with new hire paperwork; for every new employee, you’ll need to have forms in place covering everything from taxes to health insurance. Keeping track of all that essential, and usually sensitive, information can be easily tracked with an online paperless service. Letting a third-party partner help you with that paperwork means less stacks of paper and stress for you.

Ask your network for referrals. Reach out to your network of industry peers and friends who can help spread the word about your open positions. Utilizing tools such as social media gives you the opportunity to post information and connect directly with job seekers who want to learn more. Plus, as you find the employees you need, they too can let their friends and family know about any future job opportunities you’ll have available.

Taking these simple steps is a great way to kick off the hunt for your first hire. You’ll be a pro in no time. Happy hiring!