Few people are enthusiastic about paperwork. Especially builders, who typically entered the trades in the first place because they prefer working with their hands to sitting behind a desk. For them, the increase in clerical work that comes with more and bigger jobs can seem more like a form of punishment than a sign of success.
But a growing number of small and medium-sized builders have found that they can scale back the time and effort they spend on routine business-management tasks by entering into what's known as a co-employment relationship with a professional employer organization, or PEO. The business model is not specific to builders. PEOs have been around...
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