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Small businesses find value in temp workers

Posted on May 17th, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

For small business owners looking to hire employees, using an online employment agency, internet job board or contacting a college placement office are options to land qualified candidates, according to The Modesto Bee.

Online job sites may be time-consuming, and they occasionally charge a fee – anywhere from $25 to $100 – to open an account. Employment agencies also require a fee to use, however the firm will interview candidates and send the company those who look like a good fit, the news source notes. In addition, the agency may allow the business owner to hire a temporary worker, and take the candidate on a full-time capacity if they succeed.

The East Valley Tribune points out that many small businesses hire temps to because they are virtually risk-free, and have the freedom to complete tasks outside of the office.

"I don't care where they work, it's great for me," Peli Fotu, owner of Mesa, Arizona-based Visual Genius Design, tells the news source. "I don’t have to have a lot of overhead or things that come with that, and I get what we need to get out of it."

Mark Staudohar, president of Accent Hiring Group, adds that companies are increasingly utilizing contract or temporary employees to put their feet in the water, and businesses are starting to see a slight uptick in revenue, though they’re not always certain about hiring someone full-time. 

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