Whether you are building your business from scratch or branching an already successful enterprise into a new area, setting up shop in a regional area has some additional considerations for business owners to take into account. Attracting and retaining talent in regional or remote areas can be challenging because there is typically a smaller pool of viable candidates to choose from. Read on to find out some strategies to help your staff your business outside of a metropolitan area.
1. Look Into Any Grants or Subsidies You May Be Eligible For
Your local chamber of commerce, regional development organisation, or government agency should be able to give you information about any subsidies, grants, or bursaries you and your employees are eligible for. These organisations often manage or promote programs designed to help businesses find or keep skilled, qualified and talented workers in the region.
2. Consider Training And Developing The Workforce You Need
There is often a number of enthusiastic, willing and sometimes skilled workers in a regional area who could benefit from some training and development opportunities that they haven’t previously had access to. Rather than spending time and resources on trying to bring and keep people in the local area, why not turn to the people who are already living and established there? You may need to consider a trainee-ship program or another kind of formal development program, particularly if locals haven’t had the opportunity to work in your industry before. Reputable recruitment agencies like the Chandler Macleod group can help you put something formalised into place, particularly if you are looking into Indigenous recruitment or youth trainee-ships and apprenticeships, to help fill your skills shortages.
3. Outsource Some Business Functions
Fledgling businesses and expansions don’t always have a need for full-time staff in every department. With the advent of cloud-based computing and teleconferencing tools like Skype, collaborating with team members in other states, towns, and even countries has never been easier. Have a good look at what roles you actually need in your regional office and see if things like your human resources, bookkeeping and accounting, marketing, and even some administration functions would be better filled with consultants as opposed to hiring permanent full-time or part-time staff. In addition to high wage costs, paying for things like computers, software and other tools and resources for your team to do their jobs can really add up, especially when you’re just starting out. The rate you pay your consultant team might be a little higher than a casual wage, but they supply everything they need to hit the ground running for you.
There are some savvy ways that you can staff your regional business that can help your bottom line, your productivity, and – ultimately – your success. It is just a matter of evaluating what you need and what the best way to achieve it is.
Have you opened a business or additional outlet in a regional area? What advice would you give for building a qualified, capable local workforce?