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Human resources outsourcing company for start-ups

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This story appears in the April 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Noticing the growing abundance of Internet-based start-up companies in the San Francisco Bay area motivated Terri Spears, 32, to launch her own virtual assistant business. Spears, whose AskHR.com works only with midsized e-commerce companies, outsources full-service HR on a part-time basis-just until clients are mature enough (usually when they have around 100 employees) to hire someone full time.

Providing such functions as recruitment, compensation planning and stock-options administration, Spears quickly steers today's start-ups in the right direction. "They need benefits, they have no idea how much to pay people, and they don't know what the market rate is, so they need information and knowledge," Spears explains.

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