To find out about the temporary-help industry, an entrepreneur interviews for a sales job at a temp agency.
When researching business opportunities, trying to get the inside scoop on an unfamiliar industry can be frustrating. When Dennis Iacobbo wanted to learn more about the temporary-help industry, he interviewed for a sales job at one such company to find out about it.
He gleaned enough information to start Job Link Inc., a Providence agency specializing in factory temporaries. "I learned how to price the product, what kind of taxes to apply, how much to charge for overhead, and what a time card should feature as well as how to get it back, approved, verified, and pay the proper taxes," recounts Iacobbo. He and partner Ali Cabral turned a profit in their opening week, and today Job Link grosses more than $10 million a year.