Getting out of bed and going to work for someone else every day isn’t for everyone. Even if you work for a great company, you might be ready to give in to that nagging thought in the back of your head to ditch the 9 to 5 life and do it on your own.
This can especially be true in the world of talent acquisition. Why answer to someone else and give 50 to 90% of your revenue to your employer when you can be your own boss and earn what you deserve?
But before you jump ship, keep in mind that starting any kind of business is tough. It takes a lot of work, discipline, and personal sacrifice.
One way to avoid some of the woes of venturing out on your own is to join a recruiting network. For a small price, you can avoid the headaches while still reaping all the benefits of running your own business. Here are a few reasons to join a recruitment marketplace:
- Avoid paperwork nightmares: There is a lot more to running a recruiting business than you realize. Even direct hire placements require contracts, invoicing, and candidate forms. Don’t let banking, payroll and taxes take over your life. Instead, focus on what you do best – building your business.
- Increase your recruiting bandwidth: If you’re running “both sides” of a recruiting desk, you’re used to doing everything yourself. But most people have some form of help – someone sourcing names for them, calling clients for them, adding to the database, etc. Joining a recruitment marketplace can help you produce the type of volume that you are used to. Plus, you don’t have to worry about hiring other recruiters and other staff, which causes productivity goes down because of increased management oversight and paperwork.
- Access to industry tools: Whether it’s LinkedIn Recruiter or CareerBuilder, you may need access to third-party tools. But oftentimes, those tools can come at a hefty price to independent recruiters. By joining a recruitment marketplace you can benefit from discounts negotiated with these vendors. Plus, you gain access to a fully collaborative CRM.
- Client development: The recruiting industry has changed a lot in the past ten years. A good recruiting salesperson can easily get small to mid-sized clients no matter the size or reputation of their business. However, the mid-enterprise level clients are a very different story for most independent recruiters. A recruitment marketplace gives you the credibility and connections you need to do business with these companies.
If you can’t handle the regularity or the thought of being subject to a manager’s whims anymore a recruiting network can provide you with access to candidates, jobs, fellow recruiters, and peer support. You can provide candidates for your fellow recruiter’s jobs, or rely on partners to source candidates for your jobs.