How to Start a Medical Staffing Agency in Georgia

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Starting a health staffing agency will allow you to be profitable in a recession proof industry.
Starting a health staffing agency will allow you to be profitable in a recession proof industry. (Image: Georgia state contour with Capital City against blurred USA flag image by Stasys Eidiejus from Fotolia.com)

The medical industry can remain a profitable industry because regardless of the health of an economy people still need medical attention. Starting a medical staffing agency in Georgia will allow you to provide medical personnel for hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices that may need medical professionals on a temporary or permanent basis. You will compensate your medical staff for their work and make a percentage, finder's fee or portion of their hourly rate.

Legally establish your business with the state of Georgia. You can form a Limited Liability Company (LLC) for personal asset protection. Hire an attorney or certified public accountant to draft the articles of incorporation or you can incorporate yourself by going to Georgia Secretary of State’s website. The cost for incorporating in Georgia for a corporation is $100.

Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. Your employer identification number allows you to open a corporate checking account, apply for business credit as well as hire employees. Visit the IRS website to apply for an EIN or contact an IRS agent over the phone at 1-800-829-1040. There is no cost for an EIN.

Obtain a business license for Georgia. Your county will determine where you go for your business license. Visit the Georgia Department of Revenue online to find out the proper location for a business license. The cost of your business license determines the amount of revenue you expect to make within the first year of your staffing agency. Estimate an amount that is at the low end of what you expect to make the first year in business, so your initial payment for your business license is lower. You must have a physical address for your medical staffing agency even if you choose to work from home. PO boxes are not allowed.

Create a website and screening system in order to find medical personnel for your agency. You can either use a free website template to create your staffing agency or you can hire a freelance web designer from sites like getafreelancer.com or guru.com to have your site designed. Based on your budget, web freelancers will bid on your project.

Find medical personnel for your agency. Use job search engines like monster.com, careerbuilder.com, hotjobs.com and also visit the Georgia Department of Labor to allow your business to be listed for medical professionals looking for jobs. Create a database system using Microsoft Access or some other database software, to keep up with all your clients so you can organize your contacts and know what their specialties and credentials are.

Work with clinics and hospitals in your area to build your clientele. Your location will determine the number of clinics and hospitals in your area to work with. For example, if you live in the Atlanta area, Grady Hospital, Piedmont and Northside hospitals would be the hospitals to target. Locate clinics and doctor's offices in your area by registering with your local Chamber of Commerce and place ads in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing and other publications in your area.

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