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If you’ve been working in recruitment for a while you could be thinking about starting your own recruitment agency.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to become self-employed and now is the right time or maybe you believe you have the experience to drive the industry forward by being the boss. It can be a daunting experience initially but setting up a recruitment agency can also be rewarding and profitable.


The practicalities

After choosing which recruitment sector you plan to operate in, deciding whether you are going to work as a sole trader or enter into a partnership, and selecting a name, you must ensure that start-up finance is in place.

You have to organise premises unless you are operating solely online or even from home. Unless you are working alone you need to advertise for and recruit staff. Then you must consider what kind of recruitment software would serve you well. There is also your online presence to consider, so finding a good website developer is required.

What qualities do you need

Successful business owners all share similar traits of determination, energy, passion and self-belief, and the temporary recruitment sector is no different. Hard work and the ability to juggle all aspects of running a business, attracting new clients and dealing with candidates are essential too.

The legalities

You must register as a business with HMRC. Depending on the sector to which you will be supplying temporary workers, you may need to register with certain agencies or authorities. For instance, if you are working within the care industry you may need to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). For agriculture or food packaging and processing, a recruitment agency must be licensed by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). If you are supplying staff to the education sector you must ensure they are correctly checked in line with rules governing contact with children or vulnerable people, such as criminal records checks. You must be aware of and implement, Agency Worker Regulations and understand the rules surrounding contract workers such as the requirements of the National Minimum Wage. Compliance at all levels is essential and is closely monitored by the authorities.

Tools for the job

Having the right equipment and software can help you save a lot of time, money and frustration!

If you’re thinking of starting your own recruitment agency, Flo’s comprehensive software solution which was built specifically for temporary recruitment agencies, is an affordable alternative to using time-consuming and error-prone spreadsheets.

Flo helps agencies work faster and more effectively by taking care of timesheets, invoicing, AWR, client and candidate management and much more. Flo’s software is cloud-based and available 24 hours a day from any internet enabled device.


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