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Scaling your Business with a Contingent Workforce

If you think consultants, contractors and outside service vendors are only an option for large companies with flexible budgets, it may be time to re-examine how a contingency workforce can strengthen and streamline your smaller business. Temporary staff and freelancers can not only help you save on the costs and benefits that come with full time hiring, but they can also allow you to send specialized workers after targeted tasks and short term projects. Here are some of the ways a contingency staff can help you face your daily challenges while keeping expenses under control.

1. Contingency staffing means low commitment. When you hire an employee through a staffing agency, you don’t have to worry about the fate of this relationship when you no longer this employee’s skills and services. They agency will simply place the person with another client, and you don’t have to go through the trauma and guilt of the lay-off process.

2. Not all staffing contracts are out of your reach. Sure, you’re paying the firm a little more for access to the candidate than you would be paying if you found and hired her yourself. But not when you factor in the cost of a nationwide search, selection, screening, and interview process. Let the firm connect you with a talented applicant pool so you can keep your time and energy focused on running your business.

3. Using a staffing firm means sidestepping tax and benefit issues. You don’t need to pay expensive benefits to a candidate you’ll only have on board for a few weeks, and you won’t have to deal with tax and reporting issues, since the agency will handle these things for you. If you hire independent contractors and freelancers, they’ll take care of these issues on their own.

4. Among contingent workers, skill levels tend to be higher and more sharply focused. Freelancers, specialists, and independent vendors usually do only one thing all day long, and they tend to do it very well. You might not find this level of talent among your full-time, in-house team members.

5. Contingent workers move onto other clients when your business cycle slows and your needs decline. But if the relationship works for both parties, they’ll be available when your needs begin to shift and increase.

For more on how the contingency staffing process can keep your workforce lean, productive and efficient, regardless of the size of your business, reach out the NC staffing experts at PSU.

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