Startup Businesses – Venture Funded & Bootstrapped

In the startup world, it's fast, furious, and relentless. Think small teams, big dreams. Picture 5 to 25 people, all juggling more than one job. Budgets? They’re roller coasters. Money comes in waves, often from angels and VCs.

Founders are the heart and brain of the organization. Initially, they're the makeshift HR. They handle it all – hiring, employee drama, shaping leaders. But as growth kicks in, the HR load skyrockets. It becomes a “bit too much.”

Common HR Themes

At some point in the growth journey, the HR duties can become overwhelming and complex. Founders are typically responsible for HR by default, and over time the load gets heavier. A few common themes are described below.

Culture is key. These startups crave an electric atmosphere, innovation without the red tape. But growing fast brings HR headaches. We’re talking recruiting, onboarding, and the works. Policy-making, benefits, handling pay, and keeping communication lines buzzing. It’s about creating a vibe, a place people love to work at.

Tech solutions are their go-to. They lean on PEOs, HRIS systems. Why? Because they need smart, quick fixes. Compliance is a silent watchdog, always lurking. Founders need to play it safe but stay agile.

Internal talk isn’t just chit-chat. It’s strategic. It’s about keeping everyone on the same page, fired up, and focused. Mission statements? They’re not fluff. They’re the startup’s DNA. Handling employees isn’t just management; it’s about building a winning team.

In this world, it’s adapt or die. Every day is a hustle. Every decision is a gamble. But that’s the thrill. In chaos and challenge, startups thrive, reinvent, and disrupt. That’s the startup life – unpredictable, exciting, a roller coaster that just keeps going.

How We Can Help

Fractional Stacks. Think of it as fine-tuning your HR. You’ve got some HR smarts in-house, but need a bit more. That’s where our Fractional Stack solution fits in. It zeroes in on your specific HR needs, filling the gaps with precision. Got policy and compliance sorted but struggling with employee engagement or performance management? We step in, targeting just what you need, adding maximum value where it matters.

Prepaid Hours. Ideal for fluctuating HR needs or when you want to free up your leaders from HR hassles. This option gives you a bank of hours to use as you need, offering flexibility and peace of mind. It’s about having that extra HR muscle on standby, ready when you are.

Projects. Perfect for when you have specific goals in mind. Maybe it’s crafting a new handbook, conducting an HR audit for future planning, or getting a grip on compensation analysis as you scale. Our projects are customizable, and designed to tackle your particular challenges head-on.

Learn more about our packages here.


You Talk, We’ll Listen

Being a small business owner does not have to mean working in a stressful silo. Please schedule a consultation to walk us through your current situation and future dreams. We are eager for knowledge, extremely curious by nature and have a keen eye for detail. It’s our greatest desire to help you grow and succeed. We look forward to it!

See What Our Clients Have to Say

I’ve come to rely on Kathryn and Performentor’s ability to quickly assess situations and present a series of viable solutions to pick from. Unlike many subject matter experts, Kathryn has taken the time to learn our business from the plant-floor to the boardroom. Without exaggeration, I know that working with Performentor ties directly to our bottom-line performance.

Kevin McConnaghy
CEO at Automated Solutions

If you are serious about strategically utilizing your people and culture to differentiate and grow your business, then I highly recommend Performentor. Alicia and her team have helped Chapel Hill Tire successfully create the systems and infrastructure to more fully develop our people to scale up our business AND more fully engage our team at the same time.

Marc Pons
President at Chapel Hill Tire

As an executive in a small, venture-funded biotech firm, I appreciate the support we get from Alicia and Performentor as a sounding board for team relations, policy, and compliance. Having an expert in our corner who knows the team and our business goals is tremendously helpful and gives our CEO and I peace of mind.

Roberto Alfaro
COO/CFO at Camras Vision

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We’re not your standard blocking and tackling HR professionals, therefore, we’re quite easy to talk to and level with. Schedule a consultation with us if you’re seeking an HR partnership for the long haul. Whether you need us for an hour or a standing meeting to build and run the leanest and simplest people practices, we’ve got you!
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