The #1 Reason to go with a PEO

vendor managementVendor management can represent a killer burden for small and growing businesses. Interacting with vendors can eat up precious hours of the workweek, leaving small business owners drowning in details. In an effort to minimize overhead and make more data driven decisions, small business owners need a way to manage their many vendors faster and more efficiently.

A typical small business owner has to engage eight or more different providers to run the HR department and perform all of the administrative duties required: a recruiter for finding talent, a payroll company for payroll, an insurance broker for healthcare benefits, an accountant for tax compliance, a safety specialist for risk management, an insurance provider for workers comp, a business advisor/consultant for policy & procedures, a training coordinator for professional development and many more.

Each service or function must be sourced from a different vendor and comes with its own pricing, contract, and analysis. Scheduling and management requires the business owner to perform a juggling act just to keep the business operating.

More Trouble Than You Expected

Vendor management can seem like an insignificant portion of your responsibilities at first. Over time, however, it can sneak up on you, devouring an enormous amount of your time, talent and resources. It requires all of the following and then some:

  • Choosing Vendors: You’ll need to find, qualify, price, and compare vendors for each of the services you need before signing with one.
  • Integration: Once you choose a vendor, the next steps require researching, negotiating, evaluating, and creating filing histories in order to get the ball rolling.
  • Ongoing Interactions: Even after you’ve chosen all of your vendors and completed the initial work, you’ll still need to monitor performance, verify compliance, and pay bills.
  • Evaluation: As time progresses, each vendor’s performance should be measured based on several outcomes including cost savings and return on investment.

Fortunately for the overtaxed business owner, the days of managing all those responsibilities are over with the emergence of the PEO, or professional employer organization. A PEO makes life easier for the small business owner by managing vendor interactions and other administrative responsibilities, leaving you free to run your business.

PEO: A One-Stop Shop

A professional employer organization (PEO) can relieve the burdens of vendor management by handling the day-to-day minutiae of administrative tasks.  Your PEO will manage:

  • Recruiting: Recruit, interview, hire, and orient new employees
  • Workers Comp/Benefits: Search, qualify, negotiate, and choose providers for workers’ compensation and group benefits  
  • Employee Interactions: Manage employee records, talent management, and performance reports  
  • Payroll: Oversee compensation, process and distribute payroll, and manage payroll deductions and taxes  
  • Compliance: Interface with compliance agencies, co-manage employees, and train for risk management

The PEO becomes your one-stop shop where you can identify your needs, share your concerns, and then let it go! With the PEO keeping your HR department running smoothly, you can return your focus to other issues that matter to you and your business.

The PEO becomes your vendor manager

Whether you are in the early days of business planning or have an already established business, the PEO presents a smart, productive, and economically feasible strategy for managing your communications & responsibilities with regard to your vendors.

If you are ready to partner with a PEO we can help you find the right provider at Check out our PEO Matching Tool and find the best PEO suited for your business.