Raleigh, North Carolina (PressExposure) October 31, 2008 -- The latest office to open in the Link Staffing Services franchise network is breaking new ground with their startup pace. While many other companies are struggling to stay afloat in the recent economy, Franchisee Ron Ulla is seeing unprecedented growth. Since opening its doors in April of this year, the Raleigh, NC operation has experienced one of the fastest startups in Linkâs history.
Link Staffing Services, a national provider of industrial staffing and productivity solutions, began franchising in 1994 and now has over 60 offices nationwide. Link specializes in providing skilled crafts, trades, technicians, light industrial and general labor workers for industrial, commercial and retail clients.
âIn our fourteen years of franchising, Ron is one of the fastest starters I have seen,â said Ike Steele, President of Link Staffing Services.
According to Ulla, two factors have largely contributed to the fast startup of the Raleigh office. The first is the passion and dedication of Ulla and his staff. A native of Argentina, Ulla is not afraid of hard work and has been willing to put in extra hours in order to make sure that he exceeds his clientâs expectations. Ulla and his staff have often worked on Saturdays and Sundays screening candidates to ensure that their clientâs orders were filled as quickly as possible.
âWorking hard is definitely a factor when getting into your own business,â stated Ulla. âAnybody who is getting into their own business needs to be prepared to work hard. You put in the hard work in the beginning so that you can relax more later on.â
All of the hard work put in to screen applicants and fill job orders has meant new jobs for many of Raleighâs unemployed. With unemployment on the rise, Ullaâs office has been doing its part to help turn this around and has placed dozens of people on job assignments.
The second factor that has contributed to the success of the Raleigh office is Ullaâs decision to have a salesperson driving his business from the beginning. Ulla has always believed it is important to have a dedicated salesperson who is committed one hundred percent to growing the business. Loren Hamlin was brought on to focus on sales and as a result they were able to canvas the area and get in front of the right people.
âA lot of offices think that they can do everything themselves and try to do their own sales,â said Ulla, âI was adamant that I needed one person who would just focus on sales. We got going right away and were aggressive about getting in doors and as a result managed to be at the right places at the right times.â
Ulla admits that luck has played a part in the quick startup of the Link Office in Raleigh. But they also had good support from the Link organization and Ulla feels that for him, Link was a good fit as a franchisor. One of the reasons Ulla chose Link for his franchise endeavor was that the companyâs values closely mirrored his own. He was looking for a higher end staffing provider and Link fit the bill.
âLink has a very high level of integrity,â stated Ulla. âThey are committed to doing things the right way even if it means that it is a little tougher.â
Coming from Detroit, Ulla was skeptical about entering the Raleigh Market at first as he knew that he would be competing against many established staffing firms. However, he also realized that there was tremendous potential in the area as there were a lot of companies that used staffing services. Getting to know the needs of his clients and researching the area was a top priority for Ulla and his staff.
Though Ulla did not have any previous staffing experience, he was guided to Linkâs franchise opportunities through The Entrepreneur Source, who recognized that Ullaâs industrial background and work ethic would make a good match with Link. The most important factor for Ulla in choosing a franchise was the potential for financial return, and in his eyes, Link offered the best opportunity for this.
âI think that it helps to have a background in staffing, but I was not afraid of that,â stated Ulla. âLink has a very comprehensive training program and I knew that I would be able to learn about how the staffing industry works. I was looking for an industry to get into and in the end it came down to where I thought I could make the most money.â
Ulla sees a lot of potential for growth in the Raleigh area and is excited about the future. He eventually would like to open at least two more offices in the area and if things continue to go well, he is hoping to have his next office open by early next year.
For more information on Link Staffing Services, please visit http://www.linkstaffing.com/