How to Start a Staffing Business
The staffing business is really an employment placement business. It works simply by matching job applicants to available company positions. A place of business is important, as with knowing exactly what work force you can cater to. You also need to maintain a healthy working relationship with employers and potential employees.
Business without human resources is a dead end business, and that’s the bible truth.
Despite what we are led to believe of how advanced our world will be in the next 50 years, there will never be a fully automated business in the future that will not need human skills and ingenuity. Therefore, the staffing business is guaranteed to be always in demand. The overhead expenses needed to create your own staffing business are relatively low, as compared to many other businesses in the market. Your primary hardware consists of office supplies, a few serviceable phone lines, an Internet hook up, a computer, filing storage, a few tables and a few chairs. Your main lifeline is a list of employer names and a host of potential job applicants. So what could be better?
Staffing is basically putting human resources unto the appropriate job vacancies for business establishment – simply put: it serves as an employment agency. If you are seriously considering putting up this kind of job, you may want to find yourself a decent looking work space. You can operate a staffing business in a room of your house, or maybe in a converted garage or basement. However, a very professional looking office (no matter how tiny) can get you more job seekers, and can impress potential employers into giving you their business. You do need licenses and permits to operate for your staffing business; make sure that these are prominently displayed on your office walls. They are indicators of your proficiency as a staffing agent. Make sure also that you know how to charge appropriate rates and what legal policies work in favor of all staffing businesses in the country.
There are many types of staffing businesses, and you need to decide early on what type of staffing you would want to provide. You can have a “general” job seeker pool, meaning your potential employees come from all walks of life, and will host work from white collared jobs to health related work. This general type of staffing is always in demand, because more often than not, there will always be one or more jobs to fill, and there will always be one or more employees seeking your services. A good example of the “general” staffing business is the temporary placement agency. The only drawback to this is that rates for placing an employee are rather low. Some general staffing businesses then try to capitalize on their large pool of human resources by providing additional training and seminars to its work force.
“Specialized” staffing businesses, on the other hand, (as the name suggests) narrows the field of employment to a select group of professionals. Medical practice staffing is one good example. This means that only job applicants with medical background are catered to. This also means that health and medical facilities are given sole priority. Nurse staffing is a more limited sphere when it comes to employment placing. Only nurses with different certifications and specializations are given priority; other medical practitioners are not entertained.
A great staffing business relies mainly on customer service. Professionalism is the key to all great businesses; no doubt about it. But in the realm of the staffing business, you must closely match all job seekers to appropriate jobs as faithfully as possible. Misrepresentation on the part of the staffing business is always a contentious issue – this destroys the trust between employers and your business; not to mention that it is against federal law. In order to keep your business afloat, you really need to maintain a healthy working relationship with all your clients.
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