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    Patrick86
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    Hi everyone!

    As the title suggests I am in the process of going solo- though aren’t quite there yet. I’ve browsed the forums before and everyone’s advice and stories are great motivation as I’ve always wanted to run my own business.

    How I can help you guys:
    I’m looking to start up a business providing advice and consulting on recruitment, hiring, talent attraction and staff. I have a lot of experience in this domain working with small to medium businesses and get a huge kick out of making a difference to people’s lives and their work/ business too!

    As a part of my plan, I want to start developing training, workshops and articles or even a book that is really targeted to help small business owners and managers in the core areas they need.

    Any feedback on what topics YOU would love help with would be fantastic. (I might start up an “ask me about recruitment…” type thread in the small business forum.

    Topics I have been considering:

    • How to save time (and money) when recruiting staff
    • How to write amazing job advertisements
    • How to become a small business employer of choice

    So please if you read this, let me know which topics you would love to find out about and of course ask me a question here, in the other thread or by private message. I want to really get stuck in and help wherever I can.

    Thanks heaps!

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    4N_Man
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    Re: Hi Everyone! Looking to go solo – help needed (and hopefully I can help in return

    Hi Patrick,

    I’d suggest you get along to some networking meetings. Meet as many business people as you can and once you get to know them ask them those questions. You could also offer to help some owners to write their advertisements, review their employment procedures etc. You are up against some great recruitment companies that get funding so show your local businesses you can add tremendous value to them. Build value into others, earn some respect, get known and you’ll have a great platform to build your business on. Of course all this takes a bit of time but it is worth it.

    Cheers,

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    Hi Patrick,

    I like the topic on how to make amazing advertisments.

    Steve

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    Re: Hi Everyone! Looking to go solo – help needed (and hopefully I can help in return

    I think many on this forum would be interested in learning how to attract and retain quality contract/commission sales agents. It is topic regularly mentioned here.

    Beyond that, I would be interested in learning how to leverage to recruitment to expand my business, rather than hiring out of an existing demand to simply employ more people. I think that would make interesting material.

    Best of luck with your business.

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    Patrick86
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    4N_Man, post: 125853 wrote:
    Hi Patrick,

    I’d suggest you get along to some networking meetings. Meet as many business people as you can and once you get to know them ask them those questions. You could also offer to help some owners to write their advertisements, review their employment procedures etc. You are up against some great recruitment companies that get funding so show your local businesses you can add tremendous value to them. Build value into others, earn some respect, get known and you’ll have a great platform to build your business on. Of course all this takes a bit of time but it is worth it.

    Cheers,

    Thanks 4N Man, I will definitely step up my networking and have been considering things like outsourcing ad writing as a service, as well as general consulting on employment processes and approaches.

    Thanks for the tips and will see you round the forums!

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    Patrick86
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    Divert To Mobile, post: 125873 wrote:
    Hi Patrick,

    I like the topic on how to make amazing advertisments.

    Steve

    Thanks for the feedback Steve! I think it is a very overlooked topic and a HUGE opportunity for soloists and large businesses to save a tonne of money :)

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    Patrick86
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    NathanB, post: 125883 wrote:
    I think many on this forum would be interested in learning how to attract and retain quality contract/commission sales agents. It is topic regularly mentioned here.

    Beyond that, I would be interested in learning how to leverage to recruitment to expand my business, rather than hiring out of an existing demand to simply employ more people. I think that would make interesting material.

    Best of luck with your business.

    Thank you Nathan. Let me know a little more about your last point – leveraging recruitment to expand. Do you mean by using Australian agencies that have a contractor base (say vs. outsourcing overseas)? Or Contract vs perm, etc? Maybe I can point you in the right direction.

    Retaining and attracting quality commission sales agents is always going to be difficult. If you are referring to 100% commission, then even more so. I was never a specialist in the sales vertical, but I have worked with quite a few people and the recruitment business can also fluctuate between 0 commission to 100%. Finding any kind of ‘right salesperson’ can be tough – for the simple matter that they tend to be good at selling themselves (same goes for recruiters) and that past results do not necessarily transfer.

    Unfortunately, it tends to be that most people, no matter how open to risk, end up wanting some kind of security. In short, lots of great salespeople end up in high paying full time jobs or managerial roles, etc. In sales jobs, this manifests itself in either a retainer/ base salary component or a longer time period in which to make sales. Not always the scenario SME’s are looking for.

    I’ve talked to people on both sides; business owners who have hired sales ‘experts’ who didn’t produce results in 6 months AND great sales people who have worked for a company or manager that didn’t give them enough time to start seeing results.

    Without knowing specifics such as industry, business size or market position, I would really recommend an in-depth analysis of the requirement. A lot of SME’s are stuck in the place that they need/want extra sales, but can’t justify someone full time.

    I’ve got plenty of ideas on how to retain staff and also start attracting the good ones – but would probably need a bit more info on the company, culture and size. (Is there another forum where most of these posts go?!)

    Creative solutions can always be found!

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