Tue 23 Dec 2008
How to Use Temporary Workers to Grow Your Business
Many small business owners have found that there are benefits to using temporary workers (temps) as opposed to hiring someone full-time.
While temps are a perfect choice for some businesses, others find that it is not a good match.
Some of the pros of choosing a temp are that, while the hourly rate is higher than you may pay someone you hire, there are additional costs such as benefits or taxes that you will not have to pay.
Also, you can hire someone only for the days when you need them. When you don't need anyone for a few days or a few months, you don't have to go through the process of layoffs or terminations.
If the person isn't working out, you need only call the temp agency and they will probably send someone else the very next day. You don't even need to explain your reasons.
Finally, the temp agency does the screening of candidates which will save you a lot of time.
Working with an Agency
Some agencies have a more thorough application process than others, so you'll want to be sure and ask how much information is gathered before they hire an employee.
On the flip side, temps are not a good choice if a lot of training is needed.
Just as you can decide that you don't want a certain worker anymore, the temp can decide that he doesn't want to work at your business anymore. You may have to train 2 or 3 temps a month.
Using a temp is probably not a good idea if the worker will be dealing with sensitive information.
Also, as mentioned above, you will likely pay a higher hourly wage for the temp, but that will likely be balanced out by the savings from not having to pay benefits and taxes.
Find a good temp agency and you'll probably be sent dependable and competent temps.
It's a great option for some situations, and can save you the time, trouble and money of hiring another employee.