Temporary Staffing Agency: How to Start

Written by Randy Wilson

The temporary staffing industry continues to expand, with yearly double-digit growth being commonplace. Companies find it convenient and cost-effective to work with a temporary staffing agency to fulfill unforeseen demand, fill short-term vacancies, and assist with changing workloads due to restructuring or mergers. Additionally, employers are enticed byrepparttar idea of "test driving" new employees to minimize risk and ensure a good match for permanent positions.

Many a job seeker has reaped great rewards from temporary staffing. Skilled but yet-inexperienced workers are able to get a foot inrepparttar 147929 door at prestigious companies, where a weak resume would have made it very difficult to be considered. Similarly, "drifters" (those who tend to rapidly drift from job to job) may be plagued by an overly-long resume. Temporary staffing services can be ideal for drifters, as they haverepparttar 147930 opportunity to work on short-term projects and move on withoutrepparttar 147931 negative repercussions. Retirees and college students are also very common candidates. A retired nurse may find enjoyment and extra income from a temporary medical staffing firm. A computer science major can gain valuable experience working with a technical agency.

Only a small number of personnel is required to handle recruiting and clientele. Evenrepparttar 147932 largest international firms tend to function with small, mostly-independent branch offices serving specific regions. This modular structure means it is quite possible for a one-office temporary staffing agency to compete effectively with established firms.

Overall,repparttar 147933 triple-benefit to clients, associates, and entrepreneurs has contributed torepparttar 147934 phenomenal growth ofrepparttar 147935 temporary staffing industry. Because of these advantages, it will remain an integral part ofrepparttar 147936 employment process through good times and bad.

Start Up Costs and Financing Sources:

$5,000 to $25,000

The startup and operating costs of a temporary staffing agency are much lower than many other businesses. The basic requirements are a small office withrepparttar 147937 typical supplies, a computer system with general accounting software and database software for organizing contracts, andrepparttar 147938 people skills to work with clientele and associates. It would not be impossible to start a temporary staffing agency on a shoestring budget of a few thousand dollars.

The largest business expense is payroll. It is common for associates to be paid byrepparttar 147939 agency beforerepparttar 147940 agency is paid byrepparttar 147941 client. An account must be maintained with sufficient funds to cover payroll costs until bills are paid byrepparttar 147942 clients.

It is difficult - but not impossible - to get help from venture capitalists in covering part ofrepparttar 147943 costs of setting up a temporary staffing agency. A well-researched, forward-looking business plan is essential.

Pricing Guidelines for Service:

Associates are paid byrepparttar 147944 hour, andrepparttar 147945 agency covers its costs by charging a premium torepparttar 147946 amount billed torepparttar 147947 client. The exact amount ofrepparttar 147948 premium differs from case to case and can vary from 5% to 50% or more. Some associates are willing to work for less and some clients are willing to pay more, which when properly matched can result in very decent profits forrepparttar 147949 temporary staffing agency. The contract usually spells out a flat fee to be paid torepparttar 147950 agency inrepparttar 147951 event that a client decides to permanently hire an associate.

Advertising and Marketing:

A competitive hurdle for small startups is that larger agencies already have established reputations and brand recognition. This is actually a minor obstacle because ofrepparttar 147952 localized nature ofrepparttar 147953 business. It is not necessary to wage a national marketing war to gain exposure for a new agency. An inexpensive and well-directed marketing campaign can quickly build a valuable reputation withinrepparttar 147954 local operating region ofrepparttar 147955 startup.

Essential Equipment:

An office (perhaps a home office) should be equipped withrepparttar 147956 standard office supplies and at least two telephone lines.

At least one computer system with accounting software and a database for keeping track of projects is mandatory. A printer is used for printing invoices and job listings, and a high-speed Internet connection connectsrepparttar 147957 agency with online job search sites.

Many temporary staffing services have computers with tutorial software available to help associates to train their keyboarding and basic office software skills. These computers are also used to testrepparttar 147958 skills of applicants.

Income Potential:

Many billions of dollars are spent on temporary staffing services each year. A small, single-office agency can earn profits inrepparttar 147959 tens of thousands of dollars. The large, international firms rake in millions every year.

Target Market:

Janitorial Cleaning Service: Getting Started

Written by Randy Wilson

A janitorial cleaning service is one ofrepparttar best businesses for a hardworking, blue collar person to start from scratch. Every business and every building needs to be cleaned once in a while - in some cases, many times each day. Withrepparttar 147816 overhead involved with hiring employees to provide janitorial services, it is convenient for a company to outsource to a commercial janitorial service provider.

This is where you step in!

If you are reading this article, you are probably looking for advice on how to start a janitorial service. Hopefullyrepparttar 147817 following information and advice will get you moving inrepparttar 147818 right direction.

Start Up Costs and Financing Sources:

$500 and up

It is possible to get started with almost no investment, but you will be in a much better position if you have a few hundred dollars of basic equipment available. Equipment for a full-scale commercial janitorial service may run many thousands of dollars.

Writing a sound business plan describing how to start a janitorial service in your area - including detailed market research and plans for future growth - may help you to secure some of your initial funding from venture capitalists or angel investors.

Pricing Guidelines for Service:

Base your time at $20 to $50 per hour (before taxes and expenses) and price your services according torepparttar 147819 time you expect to spend on each task.

Itemizerepparttar 147820 exact services you intend to provide. Charging byrepparttar 147821 hour tends to make clients comfortable asking you to do more and more work forrepparttar 147822 same money. Be clear that you provide certain services for a certain price. By charging a flat fee, you will continually earn a better hourly rate as you improve and become more efficient.

Advertising and Marketing:

Get listed inrepparttar 147823 yellow pages under all ofrepparttar 147824 main services you provide. This is more expensive than one general listing, but you can't expect all of your potential clients to look under "Janitorial Services" when they are really looking for "Window Cleaners".

Face-to-face selling can go either way. Some managers and store owners likerepparttar 147825 fortitude of this very direct way of marketing, but others find it very annoying - especially if they get a lot of people coming in and asking to washrepparttar 147826 windows. Always obey "No Soliciting" signs.

Walk around town and identify businesses which look like they really need your help. Send a professional-looking brochure torepparttar 147827 general manager.

Essential Equipment:

A janitorial cleaning service can start very small and build up as it grows more popular. It is sometimes possible to start out by usingrepparttar 147828 equipment ofrepparttar 147829 client companies, buying your own equipment with that revenue.

Get a unique uniform - and unique does not mean outrageous! A uniform looks much more professional than jeans, and it can provide a marketing service for you, as well. When people recognize your janitorial cleaning service working atrepparttar 147830 company downrepparttar 147831 street, it lends credibility to you when you approach them for a contract.

Much ofrepparttar 147832 following equipment will become useful as your business expands:

Safety Equipment:

  • dust mask
  • safety goggles
  • heat resistant gloves
  • heat resistant apron
  • slip resistant, steel toe shoes
  • hard hat

    General Supplies:

  • dust mop, brooms, and dust pans
  • vacuum cleaner
  • window squeegee and buckets
  • wet mop and bucket
  • scrub brushes
  • towels, lots of towels
  • window cleaning solution
  • degreaser solution
  • carpet cleaning solution
  • plunger
  • drain "snake"
  • basic tool set: hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.
  • tape measure
  • utility knife and plenty of blades
  • tool belt
  • ladder
  • 50-foot water hose
  • pressure washer
  • chainsaw
  • weed whip
  • a cargo van to carry it all

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