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Take A Load Off! Overwhelmed by heavy HR duties? Try leaving inner-office issues to outside experts.

By Robert J. McGarvey

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Kim Dushinski had had enough. A partner in MarketAbility Inc., aGolden, Colorado, book publicity firm, she had spent too many hoursstruggling to fill out personnel forms for the company's fouremployees. "Human resources isn't what I want to do orknow how to do, and it's not how we bring in revenues,"she says.

Then she heard about outsourced human resources, where specialtyconsulting firms take over the HR duties of a business. So the33-year-old entrepreneur contracted with an outside firm to handleMarketAbility's human resources needs--from payroll toadministering a health insurance program and a 401K plan. Themonthly fee Dushinski pays to have this company handle all the HRchores is less than $50 per employee. Although she'd initiallyhesitated to spend that money, nowadays Dushinski says, "Ifeel relieved of a burden and our business is doinggreat!"

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