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Khalid asks: How to attract talented employees for my start-up?

Hi Mr. Jafar, I own an e-commerce start-up and we’re starting to grow steadily, but I’m having trouble attracting people with the right skills to such a new company. Can you please suggest ways I can bring it the best team without having a A-list reputation? Thank you, Khalid

Dear Khalid,


This is a real challenge that many start-ups face in the UAE. Thankfully, with growing interest and an improving entrepreneurship ecosystem, chances of finding people with a similar mindset are better now than ever before.


And that is exactly what you need: people with a real interest in being entrepreneurial who are willing to take a risk in joining a start-up for the opportunity to be part of something big, something they can be proud of. Typically, such people can be attracted at a lower cost than usual if they’re provided with a compensation mechanism that is tied to the growth and success of the company. Additional compensation could be in the form of profit share, or bonuses based on milestones.


In addition to taking the regular route of finding employees, you should also expose yourself and your business to any and all sorts of entrepreneurial events and venues where you can network and interact with like-minded people. Events like Arabnet or venues like The Impact Hub or Make Café are where you’re likely to find potential candidates.


Happy talent hunting!


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