9 Job Board Success Stories [2024]

Updated: November 1st, 2023
Start A Job Board

Starting a job board can be a lucrative way to make money online with little to no start-up costs. The global online job board market size was $28.68B in 2019 and is projected to reach $43.39B by 2027.

It's no secret that finding a job can be tough. In today's job market, it can be tempting to give up on job hunting, but here's another option: start your own job board.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a job board:

1. TECLA ($1.02M/year)

Gino Ferrand came up with the idea for TECLA while struggling to find backend software engineers for his own mobile game project. After realizing the challenges of outsourcing and the inefficiencies of freelancing sites, he decided to build his own remote team in South America and offer the same services to other companies. With a network of almost 9,000 remote candidates and a platform that allows companies to directly hire talent, TECLA has successfully connected hundreds of engineers with U.S. companies for full-time positions.

How much they make: $1.02M/year
Current team size: 12

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How I Started A $85K/Month Business Connecting Companies With Tech Talent In South America

TECLA is a bootstrapped business connecting startups with pre-screened tech talent in South America, boasting almost 9,000 remote candidates on their platform and over $1 million in revenue as of 2019.

About
Gino started TECLA almost 11 years ago
Revenue
Gino grew the business to $85K/month
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2. Loopcv ($180K/year)

George Avgenakis, the founder of Loopcv, came up with the idea for his business when he was struggling to find a job while pursuing his master's thesis in Belgium. He noticed a lack of tools for job seekers and decided to create a platform that would automate the job search process. His idea gained traction on Reddit and he quickly found co-founders to help bring it to life. Loopcv now offers solutions for job seekers, bootcamps, universities, career coaches, developers, recruiters, job boards, and more. The business is growing at a rate of 15% MoM and continues to improve its offerings for businesses supporting job seekers.

How much they make: $180K/year
How much did it cost to start: $200
Current team size: 2

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How I Validated My Idea On Reddit And Built A $180K/Year Job Search Automation Platform

Loopcv is a job search automation platform experiencing 15% monthly growth, offering solutions for bootcamps, universities, career coaches, developers, recruitment companies, job boards, affiliates, and companies looking to perform internal restructuring.

About
George started Loopcv over 3 years ago
Revenue
George grew the business to $15K/month
Costs
It cost George $200 to start the business
Read by 8,792 founders

Learn more about starting a job board:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a job board?
-> Pros and cons of a job board

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established job board
-> Marketing ideas for a job board

Other resources

-> Job board tips

3. RailsDevs ($120K/year)

Joe was an independent contractor, and had some folks willing to work with him around 2021. Swamped with work, he didn't have the bandwidth to interview them, and came up with an idea to note their details down in a spreadsheet. As he shared the sheet with businesses in his network, a couple of people had landed the gig! That was the moment he realized a business is waiting to be built.

How much they make: $120K/year
How much did it cost to start: $500
Current team size: 0

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How A Spreadsheet Became A Business That Generated $146K/Year In A Year

RailsDevs is a reverse job board for Ruby on Rails developers, which encourages organic conversations between developers and hiring businesses resulting in 30+ developers finding new jobs through the platform in just a year, with the company making an average of $10,000 per month through monthly subscriptions and hiring fees.

About
Joe started RailsDevs over 2 years ago
Revenue
Joe grew the business to $10K/month
Costs
It cost Joe $500 to start the business
Read by 5,235 founders

4. OnlineJobs ($12M/year)

John Jonas, a programmer and accidental entrepreneur, came up with the idea for OnlineJobs.ph when he hired two Filipino workers to help with his online business and realized their incredible work ethic and competence. After experiencing the life-changing benefits of outsourcing, he decided to create a marketplace where business owners could find top-tier virtual workers from the Philippines, ultimately helping them create more time and freedom for themselves. Since its launch in 2009, OnlineJobs.ph has grown exponentially and has revolutionized the way entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses.

How much they make: $12M/year
How much did it cost to start: $5K
Current team size: 38

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This Founder Started A $10M/Year Freelancer Job Board (With Just $5,000)

OnlineJobs.ph founder John Jonas shares how his accidental business idea turned into a fluke success, as he realized outsourcing to the Philippines could help people achieve their ultimate business goal: creating more time and freedom for themselves.

About
John started OnlineJobs about 15 years ago
Revenue
John grew the business to $1M/month
Costs
It cost John $5000 to start the business
Read by 5,006 founders

5. Lensa ($18M/year)

Gergo, the founder of Lensa, came up with the idea for his business after experiencing the broken hiring process firsthand. Through his previous successes in launching and selling various startups, he recognized the need for a technological solution to the career marketplace crisis. With a mission to help job seekers find their perfect career match using advanced AI technology, Lensa has seen impressive growth, with a 12% increase in revenue from the previous year and reaching a total of $22 million in revenue and 6 million new subscribers in 2022.

How much they make: $18M/year
How much did it cost to start: $350K
Current team size: 130

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How We Built An AI-Powered $22M/Year Job Search Engine Platform

Hungarian founder Gergo created Lensa, an AI-powered job search platform that focuses on improving the hiring process and career marketplace, achieving a 12% increase in revenue from the previous year, reaching a total of 22 million in revenue and 6 million new subscribers in 2022.

About
Gergo started Lensa over 8 years ago
Revenue
Gergo grew the business to $1.5M/month
Costs
It cost Gergo $350000 to start the business
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6. Permworks ($18K/year)

Permworks was founded by the co-founder of Gohock, who hired a virtual assistant from the Philippines named Daina. Recognizing the value of Filipino talent, the founder decided to create Permworks, a jobs board that connects employers with Filipino talent, making it easier for startups to access staff and focus on growth.

How much they make: $18K/year
How much did it cost to start: $1K
Current team size: 0

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How I Started A $1.5K/Month Job Board That Connects Global Employers With The Filipino Talent

Permworks is a job board connecting employers worldwide with Filipino talent, with 7000+ job seekers and almost 100 employers since its launch, including streams of revenue such as job ad posts, employer of record service and end-to-end recruitment service.

About
Tim started Permworks about 1 year ago
Revenue
Tim grew the business to $1.5K/month
Costs
It cost Tim $1000 to start the business
Read by 1,167 founders

7. Japan Dev ($720K/year)

How much they make: $720K/year
How much did it cost to start: $250
Current team size: 10

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$60k/m from a job board - an interview with Eric Turner

US-based software engineer Eric Turner built Japan Dev, a curated job board for tech positions in Japan, which struggled in its first year but now makes an average of $60k/month thanks to a pioneering policy allowing only “cutting-edge development teams” that accept foreign employees to post openings.

About
Eric started Japan Dev about 5 years ago
Revenue
Eric grew the business to $60K/month
Costs
It cost Eric $250 to start the business
Read by 559 founders