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There are lots of cautionary truisms about signing contracts – my personal favourite is ‘never go into a contract without knowing how to get out’. Others talk about things being ‘too good to be true’ – indeed, why would SSG give away all of the tools you need and not charge anything for launching a business? Another popular anxiety is that we all need to look not for what is in a contract but much more importantly, what is left out?… Scary stuff!
When we launched SSG back in 2003, David Jones physically wrote down what he wanted our offering to be. He also drafted how SSG would get paid and what the responsibilities of SSG and our Recruiter Clients would be. To be on the safe side, David then wandered into the offices of an expensive solicitor… big mistake!
In just over a week (& at a stupidly high hourly rate) our bespectacled legal friend had taken David’s 12 pages or so of handwritten notes and produced a legally aggressive & overly protective contract of 85 pages… just the ticket! Not!
Not only was it not what David intended but it was a document that neither he nor SSG would ever use. Out came the red pen & the scissors and a few hours later SSG arrived at the Working Agreement which we still use today (minus a few grammatical & spelling errors!). Our ethos is all about trust, respect and transparency & that is why our Working Agreement is more of a safety net for our guys than it will ever be a stick for SSG to wave around at a client.
Life really need not be any more complicated than that! Can you make placements? Do you really want your own business and we will all get on & respect one another?
Anything else is just noise. We can solve pretty much any other issue – lack of candidates, dearth of vacancies, PSLs, Restrictive Covenants, Cash Flow & so on. There really are only so many problems in recruitment and after all of this time & with all of our experience, I bet that SSG has probably solved each & every problem a hundred times.
It is of course important to feel that you are ready and to be careful (& even cautious)
before starting up on your own – with or without SSG. You ought to think long & hard about deciding to make the leap. This is about changing your life, not your job. This is about possibly the greatest adventure you will ever embark upon.
Having said that, we rely on instinct, both ours and yours. You know if you are good recruiter. You know if you have the inner drive to get up on a wet Wednesday morning and make those calls. You probably know the type of support you want from SSG already. You probably know that we have access to every tool and facility in the recruitment book – but are you ready? Is this what you want?