Are you itching to hire new employees to handle the growing workload at your small business, but nervous about bringing on full-time, permanent workers you might have to lay off if business slows down again? Consider hiring temporary workers. Newly popular in the recovering economy, temporary employees can be a good solution if:

  • You need specialized workers who are hard to find in your area. These days, temporary workers aren’t just for filing and answering phones. You can get temporary employees who specialize in everything from accounting to manufacturing to IT and healthcare. You can even hire temporary CFOs, CMOs and CEOs.
  • You’re in a hurry. Sometimes new business develops unexpectedly and you don’t have time to go through the usual search for a job candidate. Temporary agencies can save the day, enabling you to fill that last-minute order or meet a rush deadline. Keep in mind, however, that the time to look for a temporary agency is before you need one. Start now to research agencies and find one that provides access to the types of workers you’re likely to need. That way, when you’re in a rush, you’ll be able to contact them and get the jobs filled fast.
  • You want to “test drive” possible employees. Many temporary workers are actually seeking full-time work. If you’re looking to hire a permanent employee, contact agencies that offer temporary-to-permanent placements. They can connect you with temps who are open to permanent jobs. You can hire the temps, see how they fit in with your company culture, and then offer to hire the one/s that are the right fit.
  • You don’t want to deal with paperwork and benefits. The temporary agency employs the temporary workers, which means it, not you, provides their benefits and handles their payroll and other paperwork. This saves you both time and money.

To get the most from the temporary employee relationship:

  • Look for a temporary agency that will be responsive to your needs. How fast can the agency find a replacement if a temp doesn’t work out (or doesn’t show up)?
  • Understand the contract. Review your agreement with the agency carefully. What costs are you responsible for, and what costs does the agency handle?
  • Get recommendations. Ask other business owners for referrals, and read online reviews to get a sense of how well the agency works with small businesses like yours.