You’ve done your homework. All the proper paperwork is filed, you decided what kind of staffing company you want, and you even have an eye-catching logo.
What’s next for your up & coming staffing firm?
Network – that is, engage in networking to expand your network. The best way to start is by joining a staffing association.
Staffing associations are an important source of support, information, and often business opportunities. In addition, membership in nationally recognized staffing associations will improve your image as a “legitimate” agency with prospective clients. You will gain access to association events and publications, as well as a wide variety of additional resources to help you run your business. Each association has its own structure for dues and fees, though a large portion of those dues is tax-deductible.
American Staffing Association – The ASA includes members from every area of the staffing industry, including suppliers who work with staffing companies. As “the voice of the staffing industry”, they provide training tools and information about current staffing trends, including analytics and updates about government actions that may impact the staffing industry. There are also 35 affiliated chapters representing 26 states, territories, and regions.
United States Staffing Association – Membership in the U.S.S.A. has many benefits for independent staffing agencies, including recommendations for endorsed providers of many services for your business. Whether you need help with background checks, payroll, or enrolling in a health insurance plan, the U.S.S.A. has partners who will meet your needs at a reduced cost. In addition, the U.S.S.A. hosts a variety of networking events around the country each year.
National Independent Staffing Association – If you’re looking for a staffing association that offers education, networking, and opportunities to expand your business without competition from fellow association members, NISA could be the association for you. Their unique approach to membership is a promise that you will not be within 50 miles of another association member, with the idea that you can build deeper relationships by sharing proprietary information without compromising your business.
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You may also cast your net further by looking for trade associations in the industry or niche you plan to serve. Joining those associations will help you stay abreast of current trends and issues that your candidates may face in their placements.