5 Ways to Compete for Business Without Sacrificing Profits
Last time updated: 24 August, 2023
Last time updated: 24 August, 2023
Last updated on August 24th, 2023 at 04:01 pm
Note: originally posted on Staffing Hub
While the U.S. economic rebound has had its up and downs, the staffing industry continues to grow at a moderate pace. Staffing Industry Analysts predicts the staffing industry will grow 2.4% in 2024 to reach an industry value of $216.9 billion.
There are many, many opportunities for staffing firms wanting to grow. But in a rush to do so, some firms may be tempted to make decisions that negatively impact their profitability. This could include lowering prices, accepting questionable contracts, or failing to negotiate favorable payment terms.
In this article, we discuss five ways staffing firms can sustain growth without sacrificing profitability.
The first step to growing profitably in staffing is deeply understanding how pricing works in the industry. This can be especially tricky for newer firms that are balancing the challenges of running a start-up. There are three main components to consider when determining your bill rate: pay rate, burden rate, and gross margin.
Pay rate is what will go to your temporary worker. On top of that you will have your markup, which will be used to cover the cost of taxes and insurance (burden rate) and overhead expenses and profit (gross margin).
Essentially, you have to determine a fair rate that will help you compete for contracts but also leave you with a healthy profit margin.
Another key step to profitability is understanding how contract terms can affect your bottom line. Careful review is key because “hidden” costs in contracts can add up and ultimately impact your bottom line in ways you might not expect. Here are a few hidden costs to look out for in staffing contracts:
Bottom line, review your contract very carefully before agreeing to anything!
One of the biggest financial drains on staffing firms are WC claims. Controlling these claims is hugely important to profitability. Not everything is in your control, because ultimately worker safety depends on the customer. However, there are some steps you can take such as having WC insurance, engaging in general health and safety training, and having a systematic process in place for when a claim is filed.
Staffing firms often wait 45, 60, 90 days for invoices to be paid while having to pay workers weekly. Favorable payment terms can help ease this burden. If a customer is unwilling to negotiate terms, you may want to consider implementing a late fee if they pay past their scheduled term.
Many staffing firms turn to outside sources in order to keep the working capital flowing and stay profitable. You have a few options when it comes to this, the two most popular being bank financing and payroll funding. There are upsides and downsides to both methods, and some staffing firms use a combination to secure working capital.
Staying profitable in staffing is about more than just selling your services. Increased profitability involves ensuring that every level of your business is in line with your goals through careful planning, communication, and control. For additional information on how to stay profitable, check our whitepaper “Beyond Pricing: 10 Ways to Make Your Staffing Firm More Profitable” or try the free Staffing Profitability Calculator tool.
The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.
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