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    I have an opportunity to work for a staffing agency as an HR Administrative Assistant. I'll be working on recruiting, interviews, payroll, unemployment, policies, and all kinds of records. I think that if I get this job it'll be a great opportunity if I ever want to start a staffing agency one day. Of course, over time I may feel differently but it's fun to dream for right now as I gain more experience.

    I've always been interested in the administration/HR type roles. I come from a family of business owners. My parents own an Asian grocery store for over 30+ years, my uncle a successful Thai restaurant considered the best in the city, my sister and her day care and soon nail-shop, etc. So being around entrepreneurs is getting the best of me. I am fortunate to be around successful business owners that may be able to give me advice and help start one day. I help out at my family business so I have some insight on how a business runs but of course it could be entirely different.

    As of right now I am just dreaming and seeing what skills I should really get in order to start it in the long term future. I feel like networking should be something I could work on starting soon too. Either way networking whether I work for someone else or not is always good.

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    I suggest you concentrate on making sure you have the correct skills to be a HR Administrative Assistant. The experience there will help you to know what other skills might be necessary.
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    I have a buddy that does simular work and kicking around the idea of going out on his own. He's confident that the connections he's made over the years will get him started with clients in hand when he does...something I didn't have when I started out.

    So based on what he's told me, I'd say networking and insuring that you build solid relationships with people along the way is going to come in handy one day. Of course you have to do a great job too.

    The only thing that really prepares you for running your own business, is running someone elses. And even then, it still takes guts, hard work, and the willingness to take risks, and sacrifice. You can't really learn that anywhere. That's in your heart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nealrm View Post
    I suggest you concentrate on making sure you have the correct skills to be a HR Administrative Assistant. The experience there will help you to know what other skills might be necessary.
    I definitely agree with this. I was about to say that you will be learning the skills needed in the company you will be in (given that they provide the adequate training and environment for you to exercise your skills).

    I'd like to touch on Harold's point on networking. You definitely have to build relationships with everyone you meet along the way. As they say, it's the 'weak' ties (meaning the extended friends, acquaintances, friends of friends) that usually give you the best opportunities out there.

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    Thank you very much everyone.

    I figure I'd start networking now. My older sister said its important and helps you find jobs easily. Anyways she keepy bugging me so I finally joined a young professional network club and I'm attending my first even Ina. Couple weeks. It's just a dinner but they sometimes have baseball game, beer, and other events.

    I have no idea what I'm doing lol it's not fun going to an event where you know no one but I guess I have to start somewhere. If you have any advice in networking let me know.

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    The answers here thus far are basically what I would have recommended. Other than that...


    See if you like it first. It is a VERY busy job especially if you go into business for yourself but...


    You don't make money unless your clients do so it is extra motivation.


    Either way, good luck!

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    Out of curiosity,

    would it be okay if in the next couple of years if I no longer worked for a staffing agency but still worked in the same field of dealing with employees (payroll, benefits, workers comp, etc.)??

    Would that still be okay and relative to starting my own one day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msaelim View Post
    Out of curiosity,

    would it be okay if in the next couple of years if I no longer worked for a staffing agency but still worked in the same field of dealing with employees (payroll, benefits, workers comp, etc.)??

    Would that still be okay and relative to starting my own one day?
    All of the knowledge and experience that you can gain will be helpful.

    I do Websites and Digital Marketing, but the most helpful business relationship skills came from working as a Bartender, and Limo Driver...dealing with "business types" and keeping customers happy and coming back as repeat clients. Then I had clients that called me and only me for my services when ever they came to town (many times on business), today I have clients that call me and only me when anything web comes up.

    Also the time I spent working in a telemarketing phone room. I learned more about sales, speaking on the phone and closing clients at that job than I ever would have learned by just reading books. My phone skills were deplorable before that. Now I'm totally comfortable on the phone and it is how I close 99.9% of all sales.

    Niether of those things has anything to do with the web, but the skills that I learned have been invaluable to running my business.

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    That's very insightful. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by msaelim View Post
    Out of curiosity,

    would it be okay if in the next couple of years if I no longer worked for a staffing agency but still worked in the same field of dealing with employees (payroll, benefits, workers comp, etc.)??

    Would that still be okay and relative to starting my own one day?

    Most definitely. That's all stuff you'd have to know when operating a staffing agency anyways (unless you hire someone else to know).


    It'll save you money and make your job easier.


    If anything, I think the best thing you can do is learn how to connect with clients.

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