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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 157 IDEA: Rely on Temps and Freelancers

Talented people, especially in the high-tech arena, are fielding multiple job offers. In a seller's market, top people demand high salaries, incredible benefits, and perks. Big companies can afford to woo them, but what can you do to compete for talent?

Don't despair. There are millions of terrific people who, for one reason or another, prefer to work for a variety of firms. So they register with temporary agencies or employee leasing firms. Temping also has a strong appeal to people who are between jobs or people who just need a fresh start after a bad work experience, maternity leave, or a move across country.

Unlike the strictly clerical or secretarial agencies of the past, modern temp agencies ...

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