The Benefits of Using Concierge Services

Better alternative than hiring part-time staff

The term “concierge” evokes thoughts of someone who helps serve your needs at a premier hotel or apartment complex. However, that concept of serving has expanded to include individual and business needs as well. The term “concierge” refers to a person or business who provides professional or personal services to those who have little time to get it done without assistance. The services can range from helping staff who are traveling on business, to pet or home care, to providing executive skills to get the job done on time.

One might ask: “Why not just hire a part-time staff member to help?” That is one option; however, consider the following excerpts from two leading business experts:

“Before bringing just anyone on board, you need to understand that extra manpower entails a whole new string of legal obligations, liabilities, expenses and, of course, paperwork. One estimate tallies the average cost of recruiting, hiring and training a new employee at close to $4,000.

Beyond the red tape, hiring mismatches can result in high turnover, absenteeism, higher healthcare costs, workplace violence and theft–substantial costs to an organization’s bottom line and reputation. “

Entrepreneur, “Hiring Your First Employee”, by Erika Welz Prafder (online article)

“If you don’t want to pay extra taxes, insurance, and payroll processing costs, consider independent contractors and consulting firms. They’ll probably charge a higher rate than what you’d pay an hourly employee, but it may be worth avoiding the taxes and hassle.”

Inuit Quickbooks, “True Cost of Paying an Employee” (online article)

When you use a concierge service, you are hiring an independent contractor who works for himself or herself. This person can work on or offsite, is paid on a per-job basis, and provides an invoice for his or her services. If you hire a concierge service provider, you are not required to deduct taxes on his or her behalf or extend the same benefits that are required for standard employees. For human resource and tax purposes, this saves you money because an independent contractor is not an employee.

So, if you are looking for help, contact Concierge Edge for a free consultation on how we can best serve you.