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Starting your Own Recruitment Business Requires Experience – and Funding


This article has been submitted by The Recruit Venture Group.

Before you leap in with the view that the headline is a statement of the obvious, just take a breath and think it through.

Firstly, these two key considerations have been identified by research as being the main, and consistent, factors that are not only needed, but come top of would be start up’s worry list.  Yes, not surprising, but it’s good to have it confirmed.

Secondly, let’s look at the question of experience. A career shift is not unusual nowadays. Gone are the days when people ‘retired’ to take on a pub; it doesn’t work like that anymore. But, in a world of transferrable skills, the notion of a new direction is an attractive one to a lot of people. The fact is though, the recruitment business is a specialist business. You need direct experience of it and perhaps, to succeed on your own, in depth experience of a specific sector. There’s little likelihood of someone from an accountancy or manufacturing background moving seamlessly, or successfully, into recruitment, no matter how many generically transferable skills, such as communication or numeracy, they bring with them.

When it comes to funding, there’s a similar issue to address. Unless you’re sitting on an impressive pile of savings the reality is that you’re going to need to raise finance to launch your recruitment business. It will be your experience that allows you to understand some of the oddities and demands of the business, and to plan for them. Think for instance of the recurring cash flow squeeze that kicks in every time you have a cohort of temps to pay, before your client has paid you.

Not only is funding essential then, because of the demands you’ll face, but ideally it needs to come from backers who understand that the recruitment business has these unique considerations.

What’s more, an informed and ‘recruitment aware’ investor will see that you – that’s you personally –  will need to be able to pay yourself a realistic salary from the outset; if you’re worrying about paying the mortgage and bills, you’re not going to be at the top of your game.

Pull all of that argument together and what becomes clear is that the recruitment start up needs sound financial backing from people who understand recruitment. They’re out there, and if you’re serious about starting on your own you’ll take  the time to do the research and choose wisely.

What also becomes transparently obvious is that the best people to start recruitment businesses are recruitment consultants who have notched up a good five or six years experience with probably three of those years in one specific sector. These are the people who know how to make it work, because they know how it works.

In short, your experience backed with informed investment is a winning combination. Maybe now’s the time to get it together.

The Recruit Venture Group offers entrepreneurial recruiters with five years + experience within the industry, a truly risk-free, and fully funded way to help launch their own recruitment business. Find out more at or email [email protected]


The Recruit Venture Group offers entrepreneurial recruiters a truly risk-free, fully funded way to help them launch their own recruitment business.

The Recruit Venture Group has over 40 Joint Venture Partner businesses and a combined joint venture turnover of £131million.

The Recruit Venture Group enables successful recruiters become business owners, focus all their time and resources on recruitment and grow their business fast. The group invests heavily in back office infrastructure to support their Joint Venture Partners allowing owners to expand without any restrictions which may prevent them reaching their full potential.

Their unique recruitment business model is simple and risk-free. There is no personal outlay, and it gives financial security from the outset to allow recruiters to retain their current lifestyle. It provides 100% funding, no limitations on location or number of branches, full back office support services including HR, IT, Accounts, Payroll, Credit Control and Marketing.

Established in 2017, following the acquisition of Recruit Ventures Ltd by Jark Holdings Ltd, the parent company of Jark Ventures PLC.

With a ten-year business plan in place to grow the largest joint venture recruitment operation in the UK, the group aims to help launch a further 56 NEW joint venture recruitment business and a generate a combined turnover of £250m by 2027.


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