As a company owner who has lead our business through a number of business model transitions during the last 11 years, I really like this article and would have benefitted from its advice when Collingwood was established in 2005.

Before even thinking of recruiting employees to join you, my top tip is to ensure you really have clarity of vision, the culture you want to develop and the skills and behaviours you need on your bus for your business to thrive.

It is all too easy to fill the bus and think growing employee numbers is a good thing, however, if you later find out they're not what you want then the pain of changing them out will be huge.