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We are at your disposal and focussed on helping you to achieve your goals. It is that simple.
Through SSG, you have a team of experts so experienced, so proficient & so down to earth that it is very likely that your start-up business will receive a level of support & mentoring way beyond that enjoyed by major, established national Recruitment organisations. We are that confident.
The only thing stopping SSG from screaming this fact from every roof top in the land is our ingrained modesty – we don’t like to show off!
Not only have your First XI ‘been there, seen it, solved it’ but we keep on being there, keep on seeing it, keep on solving it! We sit in the middle of a swirling positive circle of information, advice & anecdotes generated by literally hundreds of Recruiters – all doing exactly the same thing as you – trying to run a start up recruitment business.
Imagine the power of that experience, that knowledge, that expertise. It doesn’t matter if you need advice, practical support, representation, a shoulder to cry on, a friend to share with or just a free cuppa, SSG is here, is available and is certainly hugely experienced.
We like to distil our role into three key areas – expert advice, the provision of a safety net and a moral responsibility to ‘do the right thing’.
From the second you decide to launch your new business with SSG, you'll be taken care of by the Launch & Support team. Guiding you through the launch process, and being your first port of call from then on, our Launch & Support team are always there for you.
Getting payroll right is essential when running Temps. SSG has over 15 years experience in providing back-office support for recruitment businesses across 29 sectors, so whatever your requirements, we'll have a solution for you.
The SSG Accounts department's responsibility is to help our clients manage their money. When it comes to invoicing, cash flow and end-of-year accounts, SSG has everything your business needs covered.
From the creation of your brand to helping you build your digital presence, SSG have the experience and insight to guide you through every step of the process.
Has your phone stopped working, are your emails not getting delivered? Do you need some advice about which CRM to use or how to safeguard your digital data? There's very little our technical team haven't already faced, and the're always on hand to help if you get stuck!
Don't start a business unless you really want to - I don't mean that you think it is a good idea or that it would be better than working for someone else. It must be something that you feel you just have to do. Nothing wrong with exploring what is on offer with SSG of course but please make sure that it really is the right time for you, your family and your career. I know it sounds obvious but after all these years, I still think it is great advice! You will only start a new business once, so let's make sure it is what you really want.
Enjoy the process! It is exciting, challenging and sometimes relentless but what a wonderful experience. You get to see your ideas grow and develop and your business branding come together. This should be a time which is all about you, all about how you want to be perceived. Go with the flow, engage, communicate and explore. Not to throw yourself into the process 100% is not just bad for your business but bad for your soul! Have fun!
Have you given it due thought? Part of my job is to make sure recruiters have thought long and hard about if launching their own business is something that is right for them, and it's the right time. The benefits and rewards of launching your own business are immense, but if your need to ask yourself if you're ready and willing to put in the long hours to make it work.
Enjoy it! How much fun is watching your branding come together? Write the website copy - express yourself - make it all about you. SSG is there to make sure that everything gets done but for you guys not to enjoy the journey would be a great shame. We can help you, guide you and point you in the right direction, but you really ought to let yourself go a little crazy at times. Be inventive! Be you!
Talk to me early on in the process. Let me help with planning of how to approach anything legal - just chat it over with me. I can help. If you are worried about your ex-employer chasing you or giving you a hard time, then the chances are that you and I need to organise our strategy to cope with that. Please discuss what it is that concerns you - maybe it is your Restrictive Covenant or your Terms of Business? Truth is, what might worry you for weeks may be something that I could resolve for you in an afternoon. We are here to help. We 'know our onions', as they say. We are SSG!
Try to focus on the easy maths of it all. Think about what your average take home salary is now. Then add around 25% to that take-home number. That gives you the actual invoice value which you would need to average to reach the same level of real earnings. For example, if you take home an average of £2,000 per month now, add another 25% to that figure (giving you £2,500 a month). The reality is if your new business invoices £2,500 per month, you will make the same money already! It is simple, it is real and it shows you that running your own business does not need to be about big numbers. Get to that first plateau and THEN think about making your millions.
Try to have maybe 2 to 3 months of take-home money available to you before you start your own business. In those early days (the 'baked bean' period as we call it), it's awful to have huge worries about paying the bills. It is so much better to wait until you have set aside those few months of security. But if you can't wait and have a bigger plan, why not look at asking SSG to provide salary support for you as part of our packing (usually on the Equity Investment side). You may be surprised what is available if you just ask!
Why do you want to do this? Seriously, why do you want to start your own recruitment business and become your own boss? Is it the lifestyle, the economic incentives, the freedom? Here at SSG we are more than happy to talk to any budding recruiters who are even contemplating the move. But before you decide to make the leap of faith, make sure it's right not just for you, but for your family and friends, and that it fits the lifestyle you love to live. After all, you're good at what you like to do, but you're great at what you're passionate about. Be passionate!
Don't be nervous. You will be amazed how much support is available to you as you battle to understand the accounting side of your new business. SSG really are experts in all aspects of accounting and payroll and tax. You don't need to be! You need to get involved with us, be sure to respond to requests for information and that's about all you need to do in the early years. The whole point of working with expert partners is that they can take the pressure away from you, no? So, let SSG do exactly that for you. It all starts with chatting to us even when you don't think you need to!
Challenge us, challenge me! We want to grow as a company and the best way to do that is to take on new challenges and present new solutions. Ask us, challenge us and tempt us into innovation! As we often say, 'it is reasonable for a single client to ask us something unreasonable' because in meeting an unreasonable expectation, SSG expands its offering. Go on, it's fun!
Let SSG manage the technical side. Most people have a vague understanding of how their PC works, but beyond firing up Word or Chrome, that may be where it ends. So if you have any form of computer problem, don't panic, we've got your back. You don't need to be a tech nerd because that's what we do and where we can support. So if you have any technical issue that you can't deal with yourself, don't worry. Who you gonna call? SSG!
Plan ahead! As the Business Launch Manager, I see day in, day out how difficult it is to come up with a company name. It's worth sitting down and brainstorming a dozen ideas as coming up with a name that is unique and hasn't already been taken is more difficult than you can imagine. And if you get stuck, give me a call!
As SSG's resident Digital Marketing Expert, I am the guru of all things SEO, PPC, social media, email marketing... anything with a fancy acronym or that falls under the realm of online marketing. If you want to reach a wider audience, improve your Google ranking, utilise social media to find those tricky high-calibre candidates or how to develop a strategy for your digital marketing endeavours, I'm your man!