Refer a business and receive a referral bonus of $90 per full-time employee!

Do you know a business that could benefit from PEO services? If you make a warm introduction, we’ll handle the rest! And, when your referral becomes a client, you are eligible for a referral bonus of $90 per full-time employee. Your referral receives professional HR help, Tandem HR grows, and you get a bonus! That’s what we call a win-win-win!


Check out the easy referral process and answers to all of your questions below!


Making a referral is easy. 

1. Fill out the form below. 

2. Our Sales Administrator will contact you to assign a Business Development Consultant to whom you can introduce your referral contact.

3. You make a warm introduction (see our suggested introduction text below) of the BDC to your referral.

4. Our Sales team will take it from there and update you on the sales process as they go!


Referral Form

  • Who would you like to refer?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

FAQs & Resources

A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) enables small and mid-sized businesses to cost-effectively outsource the management of human resources, employee benefits, payroll and workers’ compensation while focusing on their core competencies to run their business and grow the bottom line.

Businesses today, especially smaller ones, need help managing increasingly complex employee-related matters such as health benefits, workers’ compensation claims, payroll, payroll tax compliance and unemployment insurance claims. Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense to house a full team of experts internally. That’s where a PEO comes in!

A PEO provides services to effectively manage critical human resource responsibilities and employer risks for clients. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Payroll and payroll tax processing
  • Benefits shopping, open enrollment, and administration
  • Workers' compensation
  • Risk & safety programs
  • Employment law compliance
  • Employee relations guidance

There are many benefits to partnering with a PEO.

Here are the top ones:

  • Estimated 27.2% annual return on investment
  • Annual median growth for PEO clients is 40% greater, compared to non-PEO firms
  • HR administrative tasks are taken off your plate, so you can focus more on your bottom line
  • Access best-in-class HR technology that creates efficient and effective people processes
  • Fortune 500-level benefit offerings at an affordable rate, helping to attract and retain A-players
  • Compliance expert guidance to eliminate fines and give peace of mind

There are many reasons why a business may need a PEO.

Some examples include:

  • Need to hire and ramp up quickly
  • Want to expand geographically
  • Need help attracting better talent
  • Experiencing high employee turnover
  • Desire a robust benefits package
  • The current HR leader has too much administrative work and cannot focus on HR strategy
  • Payroll and HR tasks are sucking up too much of their time
  • Too many HR vendors to manage (want one bill, one partner)
  • No qualified HR professionals on staff
  • Need help establishing policies and ensuring they are enforced for compliance
  • Don’t have efficient (or any) HR processes in place

MENTALITY: Tandem HR loves to partner with growing companies that are invested in their employees and truly desire a best place to work.

SIZE: We target companies with 10-250 employees. While there are exceptions, it should be noted that an employer must have 5 employees who enroll in benefits in order to take advantage of our master policies. We do service larger clients depending on their HR needs. Some of our clients have thousands of worksite employees.

INDUSTRY: As a co-employer, we want to minimize risk. Therefore, we aim to partner with companies in white collar industries (think office jobs) or light manufacturers. We avoid those with high risk such as construction companies or those with a lot of part-time, seasonal workers with high turnover such as restaurants.

LOCATION: Tandem HR offers BlueCross and BlueShield of Illinois, BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas, Quartz (Wisconsin), and Aetna. A majority of our clients are headquartered in Illinois and Wisconsin. However, we are able to service businesses with employees in any state but Hawaii.

1. Our clients know what they're paying.

Other PEOs charge based on the client's employee's payroll. The downside is that each time a business wants to increase an employee's pay through promotion, as an example, the client also ends up having to pay their PEO more. With Tandem HR, our administrative fee depends on employee size. We also show the client the pricing for each product, again showing them precisely what they're paying.

2. We offer BlueCross and BlueShield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas (BCBSTX) master medical plan.

Only two PEOs can say that they offer BCBSIL to their clients. Tandem HR is one. BCBSIL is the most attractive medical plan in Illinois due to its expansive provider network. BCBSTX is the most attractive medical plan in Texas. 

3. We're not a 1-800 number.

Although we're the largest privately-held PEO in the Midwest, we're small enough to deliver a personal touch. Each client develops a relationship with an assigned HR Business Partner with their direct contact information. They are a true extension of the client’s staff. In many cases, our client service team members are invited to our client's work celebrations and internal parties. Our goal is to be accessible and provide exceptional and high-touch client service.

4. We're ESAC and IRS certified. 

The International Revenue Services (IRS) recognizes Tandem HR as a Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO). In addition, we're Employer Services Assurance Corporation (ESAC) certified. Our certification protects our clients and their fiduciaries. 

You know your connections best, so starting a conversation begins with however you're most comfortable. However, we've provided an example to help form the conversation:

Hi (insert contact's name)!

I hope you're doing well. As you may know, I work for Tandem HR, an HR-outsourcing company based in the Midwest. I'm reaching out because I believe (name of the business) would benefit from our HR solutions, specifically (if you know their HR pain points, list them). I would love to have a team member connect with you and see if Tandem HR would be a good fit for your business. If you're interested, please let me know, and I'll share your contact information with our team.

I've also attached our eBook, which overviews the benefits of outsourcing and how it directly impacts business growth, in case you'd like to check it out!

I am excited to hear from you. 

(insert your name)

If you’ve introduced the concept of Tandem HR to your referral and they are interested in more information, fill out the form on this page. Sales will review the company needs, size, location and give you the name of a Business Development Consultant (a member of our sales team) to introduce to your contact. (See - What's the best way to introduce the BDC once I filled out a form - below)

If you’re unsure whether the company you have in mind is a good fit for Tandem HR (or vice versa) do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our sales team. We’re happy to get you whatever information will be helpful in making your referral decision.

Once sales has assigned a BDC to your referral, please reach out to your referral via email and copy the BDC. You may choose to use this language or modify to fit the situation.

Hi (insert contact’s first name),

Thank you for your interest in Tandem HR. I was talking to (insert BDC name), our Business Development Consultant, about (insert company name) and he/she would love to answer any questions you may have about how Tandem HR’s solutions could benefit you. I’m copying him/her here and will leave it to you to connect.

Thank you!

(Your signature)

The BDC will quickly reply all with suggested times and dates to connect or give a link to their calendar.

If your referral becomes a client, a referral bonus will be paid by the second internal payroll after the client's first payroll.