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  • Some alternatives to SSG

    Forget Sophie’s Choice – what about yours?

    Some ‘alternatives’ to SSG

Some Options

Choices

For SSG, the ideal new Client is a motivated Recruiter for whom we are the perfect solution to the question of how to start a recruitment business – but, just in case you are not sure, here are a few alternatives to our offering. Believe it or not, we may not be perfect for everyone!

However, just for the record & to be 100% clear, we don’t actively want you to saunter off & work with anyone else – we are not that crazy! We just feel that it is important that you make a definite choice to let us launch a business for you, not just feel that SSG is the only option available. It is a massive decision to start a business & as the years have rolled by SSG has grown more and more aware of what an amazingly personal and intense relationship which exists between SSG & our budding entrepreneurs. We want to get that relationship off on exactly the right footing and part of that transparency and honesty is to present to you some options – SSG is not the only fruit after all.

So, why not take a look at what is available to an aspiring business owner? All that we can hope is that once you do, perhaps you will revisit SSG and choose to talk to us?

Alternatives to SSG

Self fund DIY

Self Fund DIY

Raise the required capital yourself and coordinate the launch of your new business. You could then cobble together the tools you need until the business is making money.

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A Franchise

A Franchise

Buy a Recruitment Franchise from an established Franchise Vendor. Initial investment costs range from around £10,000 to £30,000 but you then have the backing of that Vendor.

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An Investor

An Investor

Find a Private Investor (ideally not family or a friend), present your Business Plan and swap partial ownership of your start up for some hard cash.

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Commission only

Commission Only

Align with an existing Recruitment Company and work for them on a Commission Only basis. Trading through their business, you can share their brand.

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An Associate

An Associate

In exchange for a monthly fee, you become an Associate of an existing Recruitment Company and work through that venture, retaining commission only benefits.

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Some Key Questions

We believe that there are 6 key criteria on which you ought to judge these 5 alternative options; What experience of supporting start-up Recruiters does each provider have? What tools are provided to you & at what cost? What support talent is available to help you to succeed? How much support time is on offer from your partner? What security exists for you as a lone Recruiter & finally what is your potential exit if you have had enough?

Experience Level

Self Fund DIY

Fair enough – it is unlikely that you will have enjoyed any previous experience of starting up a Recruitment business but there is plenty of advice available – including from SSG. There are sources of free consultations from business support programmes.

A Franchise

Many Franchise offers are provided by well established, multi faceted organisations with tangible start up experience, usually gained within a specific recruitment environment. A good start for sure and a tick in the box.

An Investor

Typically, a private investor will not have had any recruitment start up experience. Some might have general business experience but most will be looking to you to launch the new business as part of the deal. Not great.

Commission Only

Depending on the individual company of course, there ought to be a smooth set up process with demonstrable success stories designed to boost your confidence. Be sure to ask for testimonials before diving in.

An Associate

This offering must come with a clearly visible, proven and advertised track record illustrating numerous examples of how Recruiters currently operate under the service provider umbrella. It really must!

Tools Provided

Self Fund DIY

Naturally enough, there will be no tools available unless you go out and buy them. May we gently suggest that before you start to negotiate with suppliers, you call SSG and ask for a little ‘heads up’ on what you ought to pay?

A Franchise

Your contract with the franchise provider will detail any tools available to you – it is unlikely to be a ‘smorgasbord’ of choices but more a defined (if limited) set of recruitment tools – typically centralised rather than personal. Little flexibility.

An Investor

Highly unlikely that there will be any tools as such – you will be expected to negotiate for an investment in exchange for partial ownership in your business. These negotiations must include any tools you need.

Commission Only

Typically, you will given limited access to some job postings and sectioned access to a centralised database. You will often be charged for any additional usage and you must be very careful to ask the what if questions up front!

An Associate

Although similar to a commission only scheme, you may have a better chance of demanding more personalised tools from a company for whom this is their day-to-day business, rather than an additional revenue stream.

Support Tools

Self Fund DIY

You will need to define exactly what you need and what you can afford before launching on your own – seek advice as support services are always more expensive than one might imagine.

A Franchise

This will be a key sales pitch from the Franchisor – they ought to cover off all accounting, invoicing and legal issues, but remember that they will not cover your personal tax issues, which impact hugely on what you will retain.

An Investor

With the exception of ‘motivated advice’ from an investor, it is very unlikely that the investor will want to get involved in the provision of any on-going business support. This is an investment not a support offering.

Commission Only

Commission Only Recruiters are recruited to generate income not to be nurtured. There is no support beyond the physical tools and a little cynically based telephone advice. You are not part of their business, just a potential revenue stream/

An Associate

More motivated than commission only providers, you can expect on-going support in exchange for your monthly fee & that support ought not be restricted to the provision of the basic recruitment tools, but include more holistic advice.

Support Talent

Self Fund DIY

You are on your own but you can help yourself by actively seeking help from industry friends – don’t be shy of asking ex-colleagues for help but you must feel confident that you can survive as a Lone Wolf!

A Franchise

Another big sales pitch requirement from the Franchisor – they must be able to demonstrate what support they offer existing franchise owners. Insist that you talk to franchise owners currently enjoying their support.

An Investor

An investor only invests in an individual whom they believe will need next to no direction or support. It is not their role to provide ‘talent’ in your market. They invest, you deliver. The deal with an investor is really clear.

Commission Only

A Recruitment Company operating a Commission Only scheme ought to have a service level agreement in place detailing what support is available to help you, but remember that you are not part of their long term planning!

An Associate

Again, Associate providers ought to be a notch above the commission only providers – after all, you are paying a monthly fee for their advice, Do not be fobbed off – chase, cajole and insist on support!

Your Security

Self Fund DIY

Of the alternatives to SSG, we back the Self Fund DIY as the most secure – you work for yourself, will push yourself hard and will enjoy any rewards. No one can ‘pull the wool over your eyes’ and all decisions are yours.

A Franchise

There are many frightening stories regarding the small print of franchise agreements. Under no circumstances buy a franchise without taking specialist advice. You need to be aware of any performance criteria involved.

An Investor

When you accept investment, you exchange equity in your new business whose dealings will be governed by a Shareholders' Agreement. Never sign that agreement without insisting on clauses to protect your claim on the business.

Commission Only

You have none – accept the Commission Only schemes for what they are. You are a hired hand without a salary or a support contract. If it works for you, then great but do not expect support if you don’t bill.

An Associate

You should have an Associate’s agreement in place – which will provide you with the basic protection you need but be aware of the performance related criteria. Can they get rid you without paying due commission?

Potential Exit

Self Fund DIY

You leave when you have had enough of working for yourself! That’s all good but on the other hand, how can you exit your business and either retain an on-going income or generate an asset value? Ask SSG, that’s how!

A Franchise

There are usually numerous clauses illustrating how the Franchise Owner can get rid of you, but can you leave them and keep your business? Probably not, so you need to be clear of how you would escape should you wish.

An Investor

Beware of things called ‘tag along’ rights and other pre-agreed clauses set out in the Shareholders' Agreement. Always ask your advisor the same question: ‘Before I get into this agreement, how do I get out?’

Commission Only

Does the agreement suggest an ‘exit penalty’ or the opportunity for the Recruitment Company to dismiss you before settling any on-going commissions? The deal is heavily stacked against you –remember that.

An Associate

Again, the agreement ought to demonstrate how you can exist and if there are any conditions attached to that exit. Also, be clear under what circumstances your commissions might be withheld?

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SSG is very happy to offer some free, unbiased advice regarding any alternatives to our offering, should you want it. We are big enough and certainly ugly enough to happily accept that we are not right for everyone, so if you want a chat, pick up the ‘phone. You are more than welcome.

David Jones

David Jones

Email or Call 01442 937 774


We offer this support because we know what it is to face so many big decisions all alone. Starting your own business is a massive challenge & it will radically change your life and the lives of your family. So, you know what, we are more than happy to help. We have all been exactly in your position.

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