All About People (AAP) began out of the desire to contribute to this community, just as communities have fed All About People's proprietor over the years. Although originally from a larger market, the proprietor realizes the need in the southern Willamette Valley for a personnel agency that fills a void left by other temporary and permanent placement agencies. AAP matches specifically skilled workers with clients, saving businesses time and money, while providing for its employees with honesty and honor. This requires a high level of communication. It means asking open-ended questions and listening, not talking. This means knowing the local market so AAP can really serve each client and employee, not just "sell" them our goods. AAP is quality service.
The long-term vision includes a number of offices throughout the southern Willamette Valley. The proprietor sees the challenge in this vision, not in the growth itself, but in training and encouraging all AAP personnel to treat each client and employee with the same care and with the same level of communication.
Managing our Growth
AAP is a sole proprietorship that will convert to an S Corporation. As a new corporate entity, AAP will be treated as a start-up in this business plan. During the past couple of years the proprietor provided all services. In Year 1, the company will add a part-time office staff person and an employment specialist. In response to this growth, AAP will have a procedures manual for in-house staff to assure that the information is clear. In addition, AAP will provide employees with regular training within the divisions to assure they understand the details of the work they are doing daily. Year 2 projections include a receptionist, another employment specialist, and a field representative. In Year 3, AAP will examine the feasibility of opening a branch office in the Salem, Bend, or Medford/Ashland areas.
AAP is structured like other temporary and permanent placement agencies. However, it will serve clients with needs for select, specialized professionals rather than clerical or light industrial workers. Several businesses in Portland, Oregon provide a similar service to specific groups of people, but there are none for the Willamette Valley. AAP has five divisions, targeting the following areas of expertise:
AAP will handle recruiting, including reference checks, skills evaluation, preliminary interviewing, and screening of all employees for its clients. AAP acts as an extension of the client's human resource department, assuring that there is open communication between supervisor and employee, and assisting with any troubleshooting or problem solving that may be needed.
The company's start-up requirements are $55,464, of which $7,600 will be provided for by the owner's personal investment. The rest will be obtained through loans.
We expect to be able to charge a 50% markup to our business clients. Thus, if an employee is being paid $10 per hour, we are charging the client $15 per hour. The company predicts that it will be able to produce sales of approximately $300,000 by Year 3. The company does not have any direct cost of sales; we track payments to placed individuals as regular payroll.
AAP is structured like other temporary and permanent placement agencies. However, we serve clients with needs for select specialized professionals, rather than clerical or light industrial workers. Several businesses in Portland, Oregon provide a similar service to specific groups of people. AAP followed the model of one placement firm described below.
A contract engineering firm places temporary workers who are hardware and software engineers. Employees earn between $80- $100 per hour and approximately seven employees are placed per month. The firm recruits through its website, advertises in newspapers, magazines, and trade publications. Incentives offered to contingent workers include medical, dental, and disability insurance, 401(K), and a reference finder's fee for placement referrals. They find their employees are 60 percent male, 40 percent female, and ages spread evenly.
AAP serves the business client by locating a professional worker, interviewing and screening that worker, setting up interviews if necessary, and administering all hiring paperwork. The company runs payroll and bills the client bi-monthly. AAP will also manage the professional, staying in close contact with the client and communicating with the worker regarding any personnel issues that may arise.
The professional worker is served with employment opportunities at no cost; pay rates that are within industry standards; and health insurance may be purchased, if a worker becomes eligible, at a group rate starting at $124/mo. AAP will pay $65/mo for any coverage chosen from the group package.
All About People's mission is to contribute to the community by filling a need for specialized, professional, contingent workers. The company will provide workers with a safe and independent environment. It will also provide businesses with a high-caliber of employee available for project or permanent work. All About People listens to individual needs and customizes personnel solutions for both businesses and workers.