Tips & Advice
What are the benefits of using a staffing agency for companies?
The benefits of using a staffing agency as a company is that it takes a lot of the burden and expense of searching for qualified candidates away from the company, and places all the recruitment, screening, and testing responsibility onto the agency. It also allows companies to “try out” new employees without fully committing to them--i.e. onboarding with benefits and government tax paperwork. In industries where there’s a lot of turnover, or where needs fluctuate, companies appreciate working with staffing agencies that can fill many spots with qualified part-time talent for as long as the company needs them and no longer. In simple terms, a staffing agency reduces the “cost per hire” and protects companies from having to pay unemployment on employees that weren’t around for very long.
When it comes to using a recruiter-type of specialized agency, the benefit is nearly opposite in that these agencies devote time to finding the best passive candidates (i.e. those who are not looking to switch jobs) and convincing them to move the client company.
What are the benefits of using a staffing agency for job seekers?
The benefits of using a staffing agencies if you’re a job seeker is that the agency gets a commission for placing candidates, so they have incentive to place people in positions. At their best, they actively have people searching for new openings every day, and they also have people working to match the best candidates up with those openings. Even the not-so-great staffing agencies are still doing the “leg work” of combing through opportunities and sending resumes/applications out on behalf of their job-seeker clients. They might be sending through many candidates for the same positions, but it’s still better than nothing.
Another benefit is that if a candidate finds work through a staffing agency, in many cases they’ll receive benefits, or be paid as an employee, instead of being a 1099 contractor as many companies set up their contractors and freelancers these days.
What does a staffing agency do?
A staffing agency matches job candidates up with available positions. Many agencies also actively recruit new candidates for fields where there are many openings, or where there’s high turnover--or, on the flip side, where a job requires a highly specialized and qualified type of candidate. Staffing agencies range from high-volume temp agencies that place many people for short-term openings to very specialized niche agencies (AKA recruiters or headhunters) that only work with a select number of highly desirable candidates and high-paying jobs.
How long does it take to reupholster furniture?
Depending on the size of the project, it usually takes from two weeks up to a month to have furniture reupholstered. The larger the item, the longer it will take. For people attempting it as a DIY project, it will probably still take a few weeks to complete a job, especially if attempting it without much prior sewing and pattern-cutting experience.
Do upholstery companies pick up furniture?
Most upholstery companies pick up furniture and deliver it back home when the project is complete. A minority do not. Ask the companies you’re considering how they handle this, and whether the pickup/delivery is included in the quoted price or whether it’s additional.
What is the best way to clean upholstery?
The best way to clean most types of upholstery fabric is by vacuuming with the upholstery tool attachment, gently applying stain remover to stained areas, and then lightly going over the entire piece of furniture with an upholstery brush. If the fabric is coded W, you will want to use a water-based detergent, like water-diluted laundry soap. If it is coded S, you should use a dry detergent.
Does it cost more to upholster than buy new furniture?
It does not cost more to upholster than to buy new furniture. It usually costs less, although sofas can wind up costing approximately the same to reupholster or replace--depending what kind of fabric you use.
How to make upholstery last longer
Make upholstery last longer by keeping it out of direct sunlight, cleaning spills right away (before they set into stubborn stains), and cleaning it regularly. An annual professional cleaning is recommended.
What are the most common furniture upholstery materials?
Among the fabrics that are most commonly used in furniture upholstery: cotton, microfiber, polyester blends, nylon and olefin. Leather is the most popular upholstery material among those who can afford it, but it’s too expensive to be in everyone’s price range.
How much does it cost to reupholster chair seats?
The cost to reupholster chair seats depends on the kind of chair. Simply reupholstering the cushions on dining room chairs might cost as little as $50-100 per chair. However, reupholstering a wing-back chair might cost $650, while an oversized club chair or an arm chair could cost $800-900 depending on the fabric.