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How Small Companies Can Gain A Fortune-500 Advantage With Subscription Staffing In 2021

Written by: Sandra Lewis

Take a look across the business landscape. There seems to be a giant canyon between your small business and enterprise businesses, making it impossible to compete at their level. 

It appears that they have access to things you can’t even reach. Things like amazing people with incredible talent and skill, enviable culture that promotes team effectiveness, and, when you put all that together, the ability to both handle and generate growth at a pace you can barely imagine.

Wouldn’t you like to have some of the same advantages that a Fortune 500 company has? Wouldn’t you like a way to bridge across that gap, so you can stand on the same ground the enterprise businesses are on?

Here’s a secret: you can! If you use subscription staffing.

It’s what can put you on the same playing field as those larger organizations. And best of all, it’s completely within your grasp.

What Is Subscription Staffing?

Subscription staffing allows you to get top quality Fortune 500-trained remote staff without hiring them directly—talent that might normally be out of your reach if hiring traditionally. You subscribe to the amount of time you need them each month, with the ability to adjust that subscription as your needs change.

The best thing? All of this comes without the hassle and expense you have when recruiting, hiring, and employing someone directly through a traditional route.

How Is Subscription Staffing Different?

Having remote workers on your team isn’t all that unusual these days, but the remote element isn’t what sets subscription staffing apart. It’s when you start to compare subscription staffing to some other common approaches to remote staffing that you see the difference.

Staffing Agencies & Virtual Assistant Companies

Using an agency adds limitations you might not have thought about. Temp agencies tend to be locally restricted. Some virtual assistant agencies have a pool of available people and assign your requested work to whoever is next. If you do have a dedicated assistant assigned to you, you’ll likely be locked into a contract whether you need the hours or not.

Most virtual assistant companies hire their workers as 1099 contractors, leaving the burden of compliance (which we’ll talk about next) on you. That’s an extra headache when what you needed was extra help.

Freelance Or Gig Workers

Using freelance workers is common, because it seems pretty simple and you can get things done quickly without a hiring process. You have work, you tell them what you want, and they do it.

There are three problems, though: finding that needle in a haystack, lack of consistency (if you’re using a variety of freelance workers), and significant compliance concerns. 

Unless you have freelancers you’ve worked with regularly, it’s hard to judge their skill and quality until the work is done. Using a variety of freelancers can result in inconsistent output. It’s less like a team, and sometimes that shows.

When it comes to being compliant with the law in regards to contractors, you’re looking at both the Federal level (think employee misclassification), as well as individual states (e.g. California AB5). Wherever your freelancer lives, there must be compliance for that location, even if it differs from the laws where you are located.

Hiring Internally

Traditionally, if you needed staff, you simply hired them. 

Hiring new staff is expensive, and it takes a lot of time. There’s recruitment, interviews, training, and then, of course, salary and benefits.

Subscription staffing puts that entire process on someone else. At Boldly, we’ve already recruited the best, they are established and proven members of our team, and they come with experience. All you have to do is sign on for the amount of time you need someone each month and you’re up and running. In fact, subscription staffing meets every challenge mentioned here. The big difference is in talent level and flexibility.

At Boldly, we have a strenuous process to make sure our team is made up of only the best. We also specifically match a team member to you, someone who is the best fit for your personality and how you work. 

Another benefit is that none of this will break the budget because you can work fractionally. Subscription staffing allows you to use as little or as many hours a month as you need. The goal is to be responsive to your exact needs, and not force you to spend a penny more. It’s all about flexibility that’s tuned to how and when you need to grow. It isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach like the other staffing models. Get—and pay for—what you need.

How Small Business Owners Can Take Advantage

It’s easy to get fixated on the dollar signs but there are more important considerations.

Remember that huge gap between your business and the enterprise businesses? How do those enterprise companies get to where they are? 

It’s the talent. People are always the most important asset any business has. 

Enterprise businesses know this, and so they build teams of people who have talent, skill, and are always working hard to grow. That’s reflected in their success, and that’s where the roadblock is for you. You can find a freelancer or work with an agency and get some of the work done, but the missing component is access to that top-shelf talent.

We understand. 

It’s why we’ve set up a recruiting and vetting process that looks for that specific quality and skill set, the kind that can set your business apart from others of similar size. Our team members have a broad range of skills and experience, from working with C-suite clients, to human resources, to writing and marketing. We’ve drawn in team members from all over the United States, and they bring all of that incredible knowledge with them, to put to work for you.

We’ve also created a culture that sustains what we’re doing and has created a close-knit team that’s led to longevity. We have team members who have worked for us (and our clients) for over seven years! That’s almost unheard of in this industry.

Subscription staffing is true staffing. 

It’s not just a temporary fix. It’s not about checking off a list and getting work done. It’s about forming a solid working relationship that’s targeted for growth. Subscription staffing is the difference between giving someone a task list, and having someone walking alongside you who wants to see you succeed. They’ll give you real feedback, solid ideas, and promote efficiency.

Are you ready to start across the bridge? Find that perfect new team member by getting started today.

Topic: Remote Staffing

Updated on October 12th, 2023

About the author: Sandra Lewis is the Founder and CEO of Boldly. She's passionate about helping Businesses, Organizations and Executives increase productivity and move their work forward with the right skills and resources. Setting an example of the efficiencies gained working remotely, she’s been leading her entire team on a virtual basis for the past decade.