10 Shopify Ecommerce Agency Success Stories [2024]

Updated: November 19th, 2023
Start A Shopify Ecommerce Agency

A Shopify eCommerce agency is an expert who helps retailers list their products, and target potential customers, enabling the business to achieve its eCommerce goals.

If you are a Shopify expert, you can turn your skills into income by becoming a Shopify eCommerce agency. The Ecommerce agencies offer SEO services, web development or web design, and eCommerce marketing services.

To become a Shopify Ecommerce agency, develop the necessary skills in either SEO, web design and development, or marketing. It would help if you joined an agency for an opportunity to gain the required experience. Then, define your niche, and focus on growing your clientele.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a shopify ecommerce agency:

1. Velstar ($2.1M/year)

Dan Sheard, the founder of Velstar, came up with the idea for his business after working in sales and later as a web developer at various large agencies. He wanted to focus on helping direct-to-consumer brands that didn't have big budgets, so he decided to start his own agency that combined "big agency" experience with simple, intuitive platforms like Shopify. Since its launch, Velstar has experienced rapid growth and has become an official Shopify Plus partner.

How much they make: $2.1M/year
Current team size: 21

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How I Started A $100K/Month Shopify Ecommerce Agency

Velstar, a UK-based Shopify Plus partner agency, has seen impressive year-on-year revenue growth of at least 100% every year, due to their focus on building engaging and conversion-focused eCommerce websites, and highly effective growth marketing for direct-to-consumer brands on Shopify, with big ambitions for 2020 including launching a local Shopify Plus meetup, an eCommerce podcast, investing in content marketing and hiring their first business development personnel.

About
Dan started Velstar almost 8 years ago
Revenue
Dan grew the business to $175K/month
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2. Friction Studio ($180K/year)

health/wellness industry, as well as fitness and lifestyle brands. By specializing in these niches, we are able to understand the unique needs and goals of our clients and provide them with tailored solutions that lead to higher customer retention and satisfaction. Additionally, we have built a strong reputation for our conversion-focused Shopify stores and functional user experience, which has helped us attract new customers through word-of-mouth referrals and positive reviews.

How much they make: $180K/year
How much did it cost to start: $100
Current team size: 10

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How I Started A $120K/Year Shopify Design Agency With Just $100 [From India]

Friction Studio, a Shopify agency founded by Vishal Goswami, now makes an average of $10k/month after starting with just $100, creating optimized design solutions for brands of various niches and helping D2C brands in their journey by removing eCommerce design, development and strategy friction.

About
Vishal started Friction Studio about 4 years ago
Revenue
Vishal grew the business to $15K/month
Costs
It cost Vishal $100 to start the business
Read by 4,516 founders

So... can you actually make money with a shopify ecommerce agency?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

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3. The Crowdfunding Formula ($3.6M/year)

Narek Vardanyan, the founder of The Crowdfunding Formula (TCF), came up with the idea for his business after experiencing the collapse of the Soviet Union in Armenia. He started a project with a friend but struggled to raise funds on Kickstarter. Determined to learn how to run successful campaigns, he conducted interviews with successful creators, published a bestselling book, and eventually started managing crowdfunding campaigns. TCF quickly became the biggest agency on the market, raising millions of dollars for creators and expanding into an ecosystem of companies and products that support consumer hardware innovation.

How much they make: $3.6M/year
How much did it cost to start: $10K
Current team size: 87

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I Make $4M/Year Helping People Run Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

Co-founder and CEO of The Crowdfunding Formula, Narek Vardanyan, has grown his startup from a crowdfunding marketing agency to a full ecosystem of companies and products supporting consumer hardware innovation, generating over $4M in annual revenue and helping creators overcome barriers to entry.

About
Narek started The Crowdfunding Formula about 9 years ago
Revenue
Narek grew the business to $300K/month
Costs
It cost Narek $10000 to start the business
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4. Importify ($900K/year)

Moshe Lugasi, founder of Importify, came up with the idea for his business while running his own online store on Shopify. Frustrated with the time-consuming process of adding products and fulfilling orders manually, he outsourced a developer to create an app that would automate the process. After launching the app, Importify quickly gained traction and became one of the first companies to offer this level of functionality, generating $128,000 in its first year and now grossing $60,000 a month.

How much they make: $900K/year
How much did it cost to start: $10K
Current team size: 7

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We Launched A $720K/Year Dropshipping App [With 7,500+ Customers]

How a video game industry sales manager turned his frustration with dropshipping into a $720k/year business, helping thousands of online storefronts automate their product import and dropshipping with app Importify.

About
Moshe started Importify about 7 years ago
Revenue
Moshe grew the business to $75K/month
Costs
It cost Moshe $10000 to start the business
Read by 4,720 founders

So... can you actually make money with a shopify ecommerce agency?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

5. Create Circus ($288K/year)

Oliver, the founder of Create Circus, came up with the idea for his business while building his own Shopify branded business during the global lockdowns. He noticed that many stores lacked great branding and quality, so he began offering custom-built templates and designs to make stores stand out. Today, Create Circus has a turnover of around $24,000 a month and is expanding their services to include SEO, SEM, and TikTok marketing.

How much they make: $288K/year
How much did it cost to start: $1K
Current team size: 8

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How We Launched A $24K/Mo UK-Based Shopify Development Agency

Create Circus, a Shopify development agency that focuses on high-quality e-commerce store creation, started during the later end of the pandemic and has since turned over around $24,000 a month with two amazing full-time project managers and three full-time developers.

About
Oliver started Create Circus about 3 years ago
Revenue
Oliver grew the business to $24K/month
Costs
It cost Oliver $1000 to start the business
Read by 2,298 founders

So... can you actually make money with a shopify ecommerce agency?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

6. CartHook ($1M/year)

How much they make: $1M/year
Current team size:

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LinkedIn Outreach, New Features vs. Fixing Bugs and More Listener Questions with Jordan Gal

CartHook, a Shopify app, has helped increase income and AOV for e-commerce businesses by adding a post-purchase upsell tool, handling over $1 billion in transactions and was founded by Jordan Gal, who previously generated $500k in revenue with his own e-commerce business.

About
Jordan started CartHook almost 11 years ago
Revenue
Jordan grew the business to $83.3K/month
Read by 539 founders