How to Improve Your Bottom Line with Career Connections

by Pat Hammond on Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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Have you ever had one of those days when you wished you had a little extra help around the office? Maybe you had two clients with competing deadlines, or maybe you just needed an extra pair of hands to do the things you're not-so-good at so you could focus on doing the tasks that make you money. I'm here to tell you you're not alone.

The number one reason small businesses fail to thrive is a lack of resources. And it's no surprise to anyone that the three resources most businesses lack are:

  1. time
  2. support
  3. money

What if I told you that Career Connections, a family-run staffing agency in Bedford, New Hampshire can help you overcome the challenges of limited time and support so that you can make more money?

You'd probably think I was crazy.

We live in a state where the overwhelming majority of all small businesses have fewer than 20 employees, with almost 78% of all companies having none. [1]

With so many people bootstrapping, how could anyone in their right mind seriously think that hiring a temp would be an affordable option, let alone a viable solution for generating revenue and growing your business?

After all, if you had the money you'd just hire your own employees, right?

Maybe you would, but maybe you wouldn't.

With over 102,000[2] New Hampshire businesses effectively acting as freelancers, you have to assume that a goodly number of them are happy as solopreneurs.

They like the freedom of working from home, making their own hours, and being their own boss.

Freelancers can make a good living providing their expertise and services, but even the most successful among us have days when we're stressed out and stretched too thin.

Our growth and financial stability are limited by the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day and we can't work all of them.

It's not much easier for small businesses with employees. Most companies in the Granite State don't have a large enough staff on hand to cover an employee's time off let alone the added duties that come with taking on big, new projects.

Which is where Career Connections comes in.

Between state and federal regulations, insurance, taxes, and reporting requirements, staffing is a full-time job and that doesn't even take into account the time and effort that goes into finding the right employee.

Jessica LaPaglia, Regional Vice President at Career Connections says that their services are specifically tailored to fit the needs of New Hampshire customers.

  • Supplemental Staffing – Career Connections can provide short-term employees to help complete projects, cover absences, or assist during your peak periods. They can provide staff for a day, a week or a couple of months, allowing your company to maintain its level of productivity without the added burden to your payroll.
  • Supplemental-to-Direct Staffing – Adding a new employee to your company's core staff can be a very stressful experience. Not only are you looking to make sure the candidate has the right skills and experience, but they also need to fit in with your culture. Career Connections' Supplemental-to-Direct option allows you to work with the employee to determine if this individual is the right candidate for your position.
  • Direct Placement – Career Connections' Direct Placement option offers all the benefits of our advertising, recruiting and extensive screening services to help you find the right employee. They will coordinate interviews for you to meet the candidate(s) if desired, or directly place the most qualified individual. They even offer a 90-day guarantee on this one-time fee service.

As a small business partner, Career Connections can connect you with the right employees for your short-term, long-term, or sporadic business needs. La Paglia says that whether you need someone 4 hours a week, one day a month or for an entire year, "No job is too big or too small."

The fact is there comes a point when every small business owner has to make a choice between thinking like a freelancer and thinking like a business owner.

Freelancers work job to job, but business owners, even those who are a one-person shop, look at the big picture. They assess the market, create products and services to fill a need, and invest in the resources necessary for building a solid infrastructure that will support future growth.

A successful business owner also builds a team to delegate tasks and duties so they can focus on finding new business and servicing clients. Make Career Connections part of your team.

If you are a freelancer or small business owner who is turning away work because you don't have the staff to handle it, think about calling LaPaglia and Career Connections. It might not make sense to hire a regular full-time employee for a one-time project, but don't walk away from money when one call can take care of all of your staffing needs.

For more information about Career Connections, you can find them on the web at careerconnectionsnh.com or give them a call at (603) 880-7184.

Resources:

1. See the Small Business Administration "Small Business Profile - New Hampshire" for the latest information about small business employment in New Hampshire.

2. American Fact Finder from the US Census Bureau https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF

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