Success is relative. Two dodgy dates and one appearance for the Soccer team at college was a wiz bang year for me, but for David Beckham maybe that would have not been enough? Owning a Recruitment Business is just the same – we all have our different definitions of the same thing, success.
Apparently, success is getting what you want and happiness is knowing how to. Naturally enough, the motivation to start a recruitment business comes in many different guises and success will always be a subjective achievement. Years of working with such a diverse group of Recruiters has taught SSG that our role is nothing more than that of an enabler – our job is to provide the tools, talent & time to enable our guys to achieve their particular goals. A happy megalomaniac with 30 employees and a multi million pound turnover is not necessarily more successful than a home based lone Recruiter invoicing £5,000 a month – it just depends upon what you wanted your recruitment business to enable you to do.
Work / Life Balance
Work is great but for you it is about time with the family & managing the stress of being a Recruiter.
Around 50% of our Clients define themselves as Work / Life balance Recruiters. Money is not the be all & end all.
Office & Team
Office based with colleagues striving to generate significant income, tough but fun & £ rewarding.
45% - 55% of SSG Clients reflect this challenging demographic, seeking a compromise between two extremes.
The business is everything – success is ‘numbers based’ & is the No 1 priority at all times.
SSG’s Megalomaniacs are 20% of our portfolio and seek to launch, build and sell their business.
Towards the end of 2014, we asked 100 of our existing clients to respond to a few basic statements regarding running their own business. We were keen to know if they felt ‘successful’ or not. The results were interesting and fortunately entirely unsurprising!
‘Not only do I feel better off but I certainly have more spare cash than before’
Not all about the money then! Clearly, for some, life takes precedence over work.
The definition of success begins to shift towards money reflecting time at the crease.
Success is all about the big bucks baby! Lunch is for wimps and all that!
‘I have more freedom & time to do with as I please since I started my own business’
Freedom, autonomy, time – more available to do the things we all need to do.
Wow, so success in terms of freedom does not come with an office & employees!
Megalomaniacs feel more free than office based friendly employers! Make sense to you?
‘I feel more in control than before and certainly less stressed now’
So, a work / life balance obviously must include meditation exercises!
There is clearly stress associated with being an employer – no surprise I guess.
Megalomaniacs obviously do not feel stress as much as other demographics.
‘The reality of being a business owner is just as good as I imagined it would be’
Excellent, so most have achieved the balance that they sought from the big leap.
For 23% of this demographic, life is not quite where they want it to be yet.
Megalomaniacs are clearly exactly where they expected to be – good or bad!
‘There are certainly times when I regret making the transition from being an employee'
So, for most the leap was the right move, but not for all. Not a 100% hit rate!
Apparently, the stress of being an employer was a shock for 31% of our survey.
Another very clear message from our tough guy Megalomaniacs! No regrets!
Some That Got Away
It is with a mixed sense of pride and disappointment that we have to report that from time to time, some of the great ventures launched by SSG decide to fly the nest and do their own thing. The following examples prove that despite our wild claims that any success is entirely down to SSG, there is life after SSG!