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Starting a Temp Agency Specializing in Medical Staff

By Edited Jul 3, 2015 0 0

Many of the fastest growing careers in the U.S. are healthcare careers according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As more job opportunities become available, healthcare organizations work hard to fill them with highly qualified employees. However they often don't have extra staff to cover when someone is ill or not available to work due to vacation or a family emergency. To serve as a solution to the healthcare companies experiencing a staff shortage learn how to start a medical staffing agency.

Gain experience in human resources. Take college courses or earn your bachelor's degree in human resource's management to prepare yourself for many of the tasks associated with operating a medical staffing agency. Work for a company or business in the human resource's department for one to two years to obtain skills and knowledge in workplace policies and hiring staff. While a job in human resources in a medical facility is ideal, any human resources position will do since many of the tasks and procedures involved in hiring and monitoring employees is the same.

Create a business plan. Document your plans for your business including finances, staffing and marketing. Determine if you'll specialize in one job area such as nursing or physical therapy as opposed to providing temporary employees for all types of positions in the medical field. Figure out how much it will cost to start your medical staffing agency as well as how long it will take to earn a profit on your business. View sample business plans from the website of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center to serve as a guide as your draft your own.

Register your business. Visit the website of the Internal Revenue Service to complete the employer identification form which registers your business on the federal level. Register with your local government to obtain a business license by completing a license application and paying the licensing fee at city hall.

Secure a location. With the help of a commercial real estate agent, find an office space to lease or purchase in your community. Check that it meets your needs for space and is accessible for both prospective and current employees to get to. Find out in advance whether utilities are included in the monthly cost if you are doing a lease, and ensure you can afford it if you are required to pay them yourself.

Develop contracts with medical companies. Network with managers and supervisors in healthcare organizations and businesses in your community. Inform them of the services your medical staffing agency provides, and encourage them to contact you when temporary staff is needed. Once a medical facility calls to request your services, write and sign a contract with them to provide employees as needed. Arrange the financial payments for services in the contract, such as if a deposit is required initially or how often you'll bill the company for hours worked.

Hire employees. Place employment advertisements in the help wanted section of the city newspaper. Use popular career websites such as Monster and CareerBuilder to publicize your need for qualified employees to work temporarily in the medical field. Find employees qualified to work in the medical field but who only desire temporary or part-time work. This is often true for college students and parents at home with their children. Keep employee information on file even after a job is complete in the event another job opens up that they are qualified for.

Maintain good relationships. Dependability is important when operating a medical staffing agency, since hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities need staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Check in regularly with contacts in the medical organizations to learn how your employees are doing and quickly address any problems that arise. Maintaining good relationships with these organizations ensures your business, not your competitors, will continue to provide temporary staff for the organization.



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