Recruiting the Perfect A-Player for Your Small Business with Erin Longmoon

Have you ever worked in a toxic work environment? If so, you're going to love today's guest, Erin Longmoon, of Zephyr Recruiting. Erin is on a mission to eradicate toxic workplaces. She is doing this by placing A-Players in small businesses through her unique recruiting strategies. Listen in to today's episode, to hear her conversation with Dr. Sabrina and Mike.

In her previous company, Erin worked as a business consultant and coach for small businesses. She constantly encountered clients who needed support in building strong and connected dream teams, but who could not afford traditional recruiters. Erin gets very worked up about the little guy not getting what the big guy has, so she came up with a solution, and that's how Zephyr Recruiting was born.

Erin is the Chief Idea Officer and Overseer of The Realm at Zephyr Recruiting. Her magical powers include empathy and the ability to read people, knowing what's underneath the facade (very valuable in the recruiting process!). Erin is also really good at solving problems and coming up with new and awesome ideas. Tune in now for solutions to your hiring challenges!

Show Highlights:

  • Erin explains how she found that her mission is to eradicate toxic workplaces.
  • Erin's recruiting company is committed to finding the best fit for their clients.
  • Dr. Sabrina discovered that it can take up to eight years to turn a toxic culture around.
  • Weeding out the “B” and “C” players so that the “A” players can thrive in the environment.
  • Toxicity in the workplace almost always begins with the business owner and can grow from the very best intentions.
  • It's very challenging to place great people in places that are not great to work in.
  • Erin talks about her transition from business coaching and consulting to recruiting.
  • How Erin helps business owners with their recruiting process.
  • Erin talks about her process and she explains how she's different.
  • How most traditional recruiters work.
  • Erin's company finds a good fit for both the candidate and the employer.
  • Why small businesses cannot afford to make the mistake of a bad hire.
  • Erin's company works on a one-time flat fee and they also have discounts.
  • Employee loyalty is one of the areas that can give you the opportunity to have your profit 200-10 000% higher than your peers in your same industry.
  • Erin has two free articles for you, the listener, on her website. One of them is called Eight Secrets To Ensure Employee Loyalty.
  • How featuring your “A” player employees on your website and on social media increases your client loyalty.
  • How Erin builds on the work Dr. Sabrina does with clients to get the A-Players they need.
  • Erin recommends Dr. Sabrina’s Masterclass and Complete Course at She finds that business owners who have been through that program are much better positioned for quickly and successfully recruiting A-Players.
  • Go to Erin's website,, to read the article, The Five Secrets That This Is The One, to help you figure out if you have the right candidate to hire. You will also find The Eight Secrets To Ensure Employee Loyalty there. Both are available to you for free.
  • Erin has a surprise gift too! If you need some recruiting for your business and you contact Erin within the next 60 days, you will receive a 20% discount.


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Books mentioned:

How to Hire the Best by Dr. Sabrina Starling

The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz

Books by Brené Brown

Recommended podcast:

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About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.