Sometimes, I think that people just wake up with an idea and run away with it. This is all very well if it is what to buy Aunt Sally for Christmas, but when it is a business idea then things can go horribly wrong. We forget how important it is to have a plan when something is emotionally important to us.
Always remember; when it comes to business, planning and knowing what you are doing, or having someone who does working for you, is key.
Employ People You Can Trust:
Many moons ago I spent a good while working as a temp for a new agency whilst I was at college. The extra money came in very useful whilst I was a student. Very quickly I became very friendly with the recruitment consultants at the office. I spent whole days sometimes just hanging around the office drinking coffee with them (my college course was very boring) and went out for rides in the company van with the driver, and even it one point went out with the office manager looking for potential clients and stopped at his house for lunch. My point here is that even at the tender age of 18, I knew that virtually the whole team of staff at this office did nothing. There was infighting and jealousy and people used the company vehicles just for their own purposes. They were young and had been left to their own devices without anyone to monitor what they were doing. They got away with this for a long time before needless to say everything imploded, the owner actually got wind of what was going on and sacked most of them. I think that perhaps he learned a valuable lesson.
It would have been very easy to blame the downfall of this agency on the staff. It was however ultimately the owner’s fault. In all the time that I was around the business he never once checked on them. There was a lack of focus which could only come through not actually having a plan for the business. A recruitment agency is so reliant on having good quality temps and sales and recruitment staff who know what they are doing that not to care about this aspect is tantamount to neglect. The owner had obviously not put any real thought into how to set up a recruitment agency and it came back and bit him.
It’s Not So Difficult To Get It Right:
It can be simplicity itself to set up a Recruitment Agency if you spend the time before you start doing the research required. Work out the area of industry that you are going to concentrate on and spend the time putting together a team of good quality temps that meet the requirements of the geographical area in which you are providing cover. Back this up with high calibre sales people – remember that marketing and sales is the backbone of any good recruitment agency, and you will have the makings of something promising.
Above all, pay attention. Do not assume that your employees will do everything for you in the way you want it done. You should be able to trust your staff to be able to do their jobs, this is true. Just put the right people in the positions in the first place.
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