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Considering Your First Employee? 5 Reasons to Start With Temporary Workers

Does your small but growing business need to hire help? This stage in any small business’s life cycle is a delicate time. You need to keep up with demand and encourage growth, but you also likely still have a tight budget and are new to many aspects of being a business owner.  Before you rush out to hire your first employee, though, consider adopting another strategy instead: working with a temporary agency first. How can this help you and your business? Here are a few important ways. 1. It Saves Money and Time Many new employers aren’t aware that hiring employees is an expensive and time-consuming task. An employer can spend an average of 33 to 49 days looking at applications, conducting interviews, and vetting candidates. You could be spending that valuable time on their business operations. In addition, you may pay 25% to 40% over the salary offering once you add in things like taxes and benefits.  Temporary workers reduce these business costs by letting the staffing agency take on the work of being an employer. They screen candidates and only present those who fit your needs best, and then they foot the bill for payroll while you pay an agreed-upon amount for their services.  2. It Prevents New Red Tape A small business that has largely gone under the radar of government oversight will find itself subject to much more regulation when they become an employer. You’ll have to register with the IRS and state tax agencies, file new tax forms, and track remittances. You’ll now be subject to state labor boards and the federal employer rules. And you’ll need to keep abreast of employment law changes.  Rather than mire your small company in new layers of red tape, let a staffing agency handle this and concentrate on your business.  3. It Allows You to Learn Do you have experience managing staff? Some entrepreneurs came from a larger business or corporate environment and are familiar with navigating personnel issues and being good leaders. But many aren’t used to this part of their job. If you’re one of these individuals, why not spend a few months learning how to be a good boss while letting the agency handle the actual work of managing payroll and staff? Then, when you’re ready, you can add to your own responsibilities by hiring directly.  4. It Ensures a Good Match In general, a client can work with

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Got a Company Project? 4 Reasons to Hire Temporary Staff

Does your company have a big project it wants to or needs to undertake? Perhaps you want to research a new product line, open a pop-up or seasonal location, or conduct a large-scale internal audit. Unfortunately, finding the time, resources, and willpower to complete a project of this size can be daunting when the business is already busy enough.

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7 Important Qualities to Look for in Seasonal Employees

What should you look for when you hire temporary or seasonal workers? While you want many of the same attributes that make good permanent workers, there are some unique differences that any employer should seek when vetting candidates for a seasonal position. Here are seven of the most important.

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5 Reasons to Start Hiring Seasonal Workers Early

Do you need to hire seasonal help for your business? If so, you do well to get started long before that big crunch time happens. Why? Discover five of the many benefits of hiring seasonal employees earlier rather than later. 1. Your Hiring Pool Will Be Stronger While you may have a seemingly large pool of seasonal workers, the best candidates will find work first. The longer you wait to start finding and offering employment to this pool of individuals, the more competition you face from other businesses doing the same thing. Coming out strong and early is especially important if you can’t compete as well as you’d like with a higher wage, better benefits, or a more attractive pool of jobs. And even if do you have a better package than your competitors, you may not be able to lure over employees who have already committed to another position.  2. You Can Train New People If you start well before your busy season, you have time to train staff properly. Without training, your new employees may be limited in what they can do for you and your clients. With more time to learn the job, though, you can rely on them to take on more involved tasks, to step up for permanent staff, and even to provide new and fresh insights into how the jobs they are doing could be improved.  3. Your New Staff Feels Comfortable Employees who feel that they know their job — even a temporary one — often provide better service. Letting seasonal people settle into their job may involve a little extra time, but it boosts their chances of success. They will have time to learn how your company works, what the nuances of the job are, and how to prioritize tasks. This improves

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Not Using Temporary Workers? Why You Should Reconsider

Staffing agencies provide invaluable services to employers in need of qualified talent. Some business owners may hesitate to use their services because they do not realize the value of the help the agencies provide. If a company has never used a staffing service, discover a few reasons to reconsider.

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4 Permanent Benefits of Using Temporary Employees

Do you need to hire additional help for your business? Trained, skilled, and diligent staff are a vital component of nearly every company no matter how large or small it is. But finding the right people can be an expensive, time-consuming process. For many employers, there is a better, easier way — just hire temporary employees. There are many benefits to using temporary staff members in a variety of positions. Here are just a few of the reasons why so many companies take advantage of this modern employment tool. 1. You Don’t Spend Time Recruiting Recruitment is a costly part of employment. Many employers can spend $1,000 or more just to find one employee. These costs include advertisements, background checks, interview time, screening efforts, sign-on bonuses, relocation, and recruitment service costs. Do you have the time and money to do all this? If not, let a temporary employment service do the work for you. A staffing service manages their own pool of applicants and workers. The service works with the employer to learn what the job calls for and matches up its best employee recommendations for the employer to review. As an employer, you generally interview a select group of potential employees and choose who fits your company best. The process is largely seamless on your end. 2. The Temporary Service Shoulders the Paperwork If you are a small company, the many rules for payroll can be burdensome. As an employer, you become subject to oversight by the IRS, Social Security Administration, state labor boards, and employment commissions. You’ll need to know how to properly store certain documents, file informational returns regularly, report changes, and be aware of all the rights of both employer and employee. If you are considering your first employee, especially, you may not be ready for

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