14 Recruiting Agency Success Stories [2023]

Updated: July 24th, 2023
Start A Recruiting Agency

The global online recruitment market size was $29B in 2019 and is projected to reach $43B by 2027.

The best way to assess the success of a Recruiting Agency is to review what their clients say about them and the results achieved for those clients.

As a recruiter, you dream of landing your first client, but once you do, you realize it’s only the start of what you hope will be a successful business. Have you ever wondered how to start a recruiting agency business? There’s so much you can learn from books, but nothing beats getting real-world experience.

Here are some real life success stories of recruitment agencies that have made it big:

1. DistantJob ($3.48M/year)

Sharon Koifman (from Montreal, Quebec, Canada) started DistantJob over 15 years ago.

$290K / month
1 founders / 26 employees
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Case Study

My name is Sharon Koifman, and I am the president of DistantJob. DistantJob is a unique recruitment agency that specializes in finding remote employees. That means we go all over the world to find outstanding talent who works remotely for our clients.

Our unique approach and model, combined with a commitment to great customer support, has done well for us: we have 3 million dollars in revenue.


2. TECLA ($1.02M/year)

Gino Ferrand (from Seattle, Washington, USA) started TECLA over 10 years ago.

$85K / month
1 founders / 12 employees
Seattle, Washington, USA

Case Study

Hey! I’m Gino Ferrand and I’m the founder of TECLA. I’m originally from Lima, Peru, and I’m currently living in Seattle, Washington. My business makes it easy for startups to interview and directly hire software developers from an invite-only network of the top talent in South America (same time zones as the U.S.).

I started TECLA in 2013 with $15k in total investment from my own savings. The business has always been 100% bootstrapped. Today, we are a team of 12 full-time (core) team members, 5 part-time contributors, and a network of 9,000 tech professionals, working remotely (from home) from countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, and Uruguay.


Learn more about starting a recruiting agency:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a recruiting agency?
-> Pros and cons of a recruiting agency

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established recruiting agency
-> Marketing ideas for a recruiting agency
-> Recruiting agency slogans
-> Recruiting agency names
-> Recruiting agency Instagram bios

Other resources

-> Recruiting agency tips
-> Email templates for a recruiting agency
-> Recruiting agency hashtags
-> Recruiting agency calculator

4. Big Cloud Recruitment ($3M/year)

Matt Reaney (from Manchester) started Big Cloud Recruitment almost 10 years ago.

$250K / month
3 founders / 6 employees

Case Study

My name is Matt Reaney and I am the CEO of the global data science recruitment company Big Cloud. My team is based in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter in the UK. A cultural hub of creativity and innovation for the last century, we are right at home here!

For the first 6 months, Big Cloud was up and running, we limited the business to the confines of the UK. We have since expanded globally, which opened up doors for us. We met more talent, as well as other startups and established companies looking to hire. Big Cloud’s primary markets are now the UK, Europe, the US, Canada, and APAC.


5. Search Remotely ($120K/year)

Tonya Mead (from Sterling, VA, USA) started Search Remotely about 4 years ago.

$10K / month
2 founders / 5 employees

Case Study

Hey guys! My name is Christian Carella and I am the founder of Search Remotely.

Our monthly recurring revenue is between $35,000 - $50,000 depending on a variety of factors.


6. CEI Staffing ($2.04M/year)

Eddie Edwards Jr (from Sunrise, Florida, USA) started CEI Staffing almost 19 years ago.

$170K / month
1 founders / 68 employees
Sunrise, Florida, USA

Case Study

I am Eddie Edwards Jr., Owner, Founder, and CEO of COCHHBHA ENTERPRISES INC also known as CEI Staffing of Sunrise Florida. CEI is a temporary Staffing Agency that provides employment solutions for local Government as well as the Private Sector.

CEI Staffing opened its doors in 2004. Initially opening as a home-based business with a revenue of approximately twenty thousand dollars its first year and developing into a small business with revenue upwards of 2 million in the last fiscal year.


7. Boldly ($3.84M/year)

Sandra Lewis (from New York, New York, USA) started Boldly over 11 years ago.

$320K / month
1 founders / 120 employees
New York, New York, USA

Case Study

We’re growing quickly and have more than 100 employees working across two continents, hundreds of high-profile clients, and a great internal infrastructure that is helping us facilitate that fast rate of growth.


8. SkillSoniq ($480K/year)

Abby (Abhinav) Verma (from New York) started SkillSoniq almost 7 years ago.

$40K / month
1 founders / 7 employees

Case Study

My name is Abby and I am the founder of SkillSoniq. SkillSoniq is the world’s first AI-Powered recruiting app that connects companies with skilled, domestic freelancers and gives companies the option to hire a freelancer (s) on their payroll.

We currently cater to small companies with less than 200 employees, who feel the pain of hiring through traditional recruiting channels. We launched in New York in early 2019, and made $350,000+ in Gross Revenues in the first year of launch in 2019 without spending a single dime on advertising! We are currently making $40,000 a month in gross revenues. In just the first year of launch, we signed up more than 100 clients, boarded 6,000+ freelancers on our platform, and received 4.9/5.0 google review ratings from our customers.


9. The Agency Blueprint ($1.5M/year)

$125K / month
1 founders / 13 employees

Case Study
  • The Agency Blueprint is owned by James Blackwell. He assists business owners in achieving real, consistent, and measurable results through online coaching & recruitment.
  • In 2015, James made the bold decision to launch his own recruitment firm in Newcastle upon Tyne that would cater to both the UK and US markets.
  • James provides a tested and flexible model that company owners and agencies can use to scale beyond seven figures.
  • He currently earns more than $1,500,000 annually from his agency and has a net worth of $6,000,000.


Read the full story on disruptmagazine.com ➜

10. Talent Service ($180K/year)

Pavel Podkorytov (from San Francisco) started Talent Service over 1 year ago.

$15K / month
1 founders / 6 employees

Case Study

Hi everyone! My name is Pavel Podkorytov, and I am the founder of TalentService - a revolutionary developer-focused platform for employer assessment and remote recruitment. It is a platform that uses an innovative approach of reversed recruitment of IT talents: it's not the talents who have to prove to the companies their competencies and ability to fit in the company, but the recruiters who now need to prove to the talents that their culture and working environment of their company are suitable for the IT talent that they are recruiting.

The geography of talents comprises CIS, Eastern Europe, and India. Three of the top markets where job openings come from are the US, Germany, and the UK.


11. Vettted ($1.2K/year)

Vasco Monteiro (from Lisbon, Portugal) started Vettted over 2 years ago.

$100 / month
2 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Building a marketplace is one of the hardest business models you can get into, but we’re extremely confident we’ll make it work.


13. Permworks ($18K/year)

Tim Nicholas (from Sydney NSW, Australia) started Permworks 10 months ago.

$1.5K / month
2 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

By way of introduction, I am the co-founder of Permworks, a jobs board that connects employers around the world with Filipino talent. We also offer recruitment and compliance services to take care of the legal and hiring aspects of the process, making it easier for employers to find and hire top talent from the Philippines.

With a background in start-ups and marketplaces, I’ve set out to make it easy to hire Filipino talent direct.

14. Devrize ($240K/year)

Jacob Fiore (from Denver, CO, USA) started Devrize over 2 years ago.

$20K / month
1 founders / 2 employees

Case Study

My name is Jacob Fiore, and I started a recruiting business to help high-growth startups find the best talent. This was initially a side project while I was working full-time in investments for a mutual fund company. After six months as a side hustle, I was able to go full-time and haven’t looked back.

There are a lot of generalists in recruiting. What can help set you apart is focusing on specific roles. For instance, our focus has been software engineering. 95% of our business has come from placing software engineers into venture capital-backed startups. We work with companies creating innovative technology with around $1B raised in venture funding.


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