NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- President Barack Obama's jobs plan has renewed discussion on what it takes for small businesses to get hiring, but some businesses are already looking -- and finding it hard to get the talent they need.In March, we looked at 10 small firms that were hiring. The group ranged from online advertising firms to construction companies to medical device producers.
|Here are five businesses looking to hire but finding it hard to get the talent they need.|
Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.
Current employees: 15
Outright is the maker of software that streamlines small business' taxes and financial transactions into an online database. Outright recently added two employees to its marketing team and is looking for additional engineers and marketers. "We're hiring because our business is growing," CEO Steven Aldrich says. "We serve other small businesses. We're being asked by our customers to deliver more to them." Aldrich himself is new to the team. He was hired in June after working with co-founders Ben Curran and Kevin Reeth, the former CEO, at Intuit ( INTU), when Reeth decided he wanted to stick to building product for Outright as opposed to daily management of the company. "The environment is good for small businesses in the e-commerce space," Aldrich says, but there is competition for talent -- which means most candidates are not from the unemployment pool. "Folks like Amazon ( AMZN) and eBay ( EBAY) are seeing growth and they have to deliver new features and capabilities," Aldrich says. "The people that we're trying to recruit at Outright are definitely in demand. They're receiving multiple offers,
Headquarters: San Francisco
Current employees: 35
Seeking: Three, possibly more by year-end
Headsets.com is not a new company -- it's been around for 14 years -- but is seeing enough pickup in business that CEO Mike Faith says it needs additional customer service reps. "We're getting an increase in calls and inquiries about headsets," he says. Headsets.com is an online-only retailer for, you guessed it, headsets for businesses and offices. Faith expects the company to end the year at $19 million in sales, with a 26% rise in sales next year. "There is a certainly an increase year-over-year in business activity, so I think businesses are starting to be a little more comfortable with spending. And maybe because other companies are hiring, new hiring means new headsets, so that might have an impact as well," he says. Like Aldrich, Faith sees applicants coming from the ranks of the already employed. "I can only wonder if they've been unemployed for a while if they become disenchanted or are waiting for economy to get better," Faith says.
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Current employees: 45
SwagBucks, an online rewards provider, is filling positions in various departments, including advertising and development, and looking for workers to help the company expand internationally. "We are indeed hiring," COO Scott Dudelson says. "There are about five or six different positions we're looking to fill by virtue of the growth of our company. Every few months we're introducing new products; we're generating more revenue; we just need to keep growing the team." The 3-year-old company, owned by parent company Prodege, says it's on track to generate $20 million in revenue this year. "The overall goal of the company is to provide the most trusted rewards program on the Web," Dudelson says. "Every hire that we make is really toward the goal of this trusted reward community." But finding good developers is challenging, Dudelson says. "We're in L.A. and a lot of the really good talent is up in the
Headquarters: Columbia, Md.
Current employees: Eight
FiddleFly's software platform enables customers -- typically graphic designers or sales affiliates -- to create mobile websites for their customers almost instantly. The product was launched in April. FiddleFly was launched out of another company, an online marketing and advertising agency called Web2Mobile. "The idea came from there to open up a brand-new company," says FiddleFly's CEO, Alex Kutsishin. The company is taking on customers quickly in the U.S. and internationally. FiddleFly needs sales consultants, graphic designers, Web developers, software engineers and social media experts, among other positions, Kutsishin says. "In my mind, this is the second dot-com boom, meaning it's less expensive to do business over the Internet, you can cover a larger span geographically, there is a lot of creativeness in the online space right now and we've only see the tip of the iceberg," he says. "Our product is opening up jobs all over the place. All the affiliates that we have that are re-selling our product are bringing on people strictly to sell this product. It's great that were creating jobs secondhand via this platform," he says.
Headquarters: Menlo Park, Calif.
Current employees: 11
Seeking: 11 over the next year
Social media travel site Gogobot, which allows users to tap into their personal networks on Facebook or Twitter to get and share travel advice, is hiring. "Essentially it's a next-generation
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