How to Open a Recruitment Agency — Ultimate guide

Craft Your Business Plan

  • Executive Summary. Here is where you detail what your recruitment agency is all about and what your primary goals are. It’s essentially a declaration of who you are, what you will provide to your clients, and how you will go about doing that. In order to get any type of help from the bank — such as a small business loan — you are going to need a business plan, so use this section as a quick way to present the overview of your company. Discuss here what services you are going to offer as well as any short-term and long-term goals you have.
  • Market Analysis. In this section, you will put forth the research you’ve done on your target market as well as the competition for your area. Is the area saturated with this type of industry? What are the unemployment numbers and metrics in your area? Are people hiring, or does everything seem to be at a standstill? All of these components should be answered as you set forth to grow your business.
  • Marketing Plan. You might be the most prepared person in the world, your designs might be flawless and eye-catching, but you are nothing without a steady client base! Your business plan will have to address how you plan on reaching your clientele and what you are going to do to get your name out there. In the United States alone, there are more than 20,000 recruitment agencies and they are certainly all competing for attention from your future clients. Marketing yourself the right way will ensure that people come to you.
  • Financial Projections. There will be start-up costs and revolving expenses associated with getting your agency off the ground. You will have to look into the costs that come with renting or purchasing an office space, computers and other office equipment, marketing materials, salaries for your employees, licensing and permits, and more. Be sure to take a good look at this list to determine how much you can scale out and over how much time.

Register Your Business Entity

  • Sole proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • Limited Liability Company, or LLC
  • Corporation

Find your Space

Hire Your Staff

  • Working knowledge of computers
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Good editing and proofreading skills
  • Interview skills
  • Good communication skills
  • A sympathetic ear to listen to the people who are coming into the agency looking for work
  • Patience

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