Category: Startups

Are managed office spaces the smarter choice for your UAE startup?

Choosing the right office space or working environment for a startup is on the list of essentials and a ‘one size fits all’ approach simply doesn’t work here. Recent years have seen a real shift in the way we work and how office spaces are perceived. The rise of the managed office has been a slow and steady one but these days many businesses are reaping the benefits of this style of working environment. But what are the real benefits of opting for this type of office when starting a new business?

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LLC company formation in Dubai and the UAE: Everything you need to know

Setting up a company anywhere in the world can be daunting, and the UAE is no different. While the business landscape here in the Emirates is certainly accommodating, the various types of companies that may be set up here can seem a little confusing, particularly for first time entrepreneurs. Today we look at one specific mainland option – the LLC. The LLC is the most common type of business in the UAE, an independent legal entity owned by multiple shareholders, established on the UAE mainland. It has low startup costs and full access to the wider UAE marketplace. If that sounds like you, here’s everything you need to know about LLC company formation in Dubai and the UAE.

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Do life partners make good business partners?

If the marriage of true minds is free from impediments, as Shakespeare almost said, it doesn’t necessarily follow that a strong and enduring personal relationship will translate into a long-lasting and profitable business partnership. And yet, many life partners do bond happily in business. So is there a formula for success and a set of personality traits and behaviour patterns that are good for business? Is there such a thing as commercial chemistry? The answer is yes and no. In this article we look at whether life partners make good business partners.

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Want to get paid? How to invoice correctly in the UAE

It goes without saying that invoicing has a hugely important role to play in the running of your business. Without timely invoices both sent and received, you could quickly see problems with your cash flow – the death knell of 82% of small businesses according to a recent survey. But despite its importance, it’s a fact that accurate, timely invoicing is still something that many startups (both old and new) struggle with, particularly here in the UAE. And questions about invoicing are some of the most common enquires to businesses formation specialists in the region. So why do entrepreneurs in the Emirates struggle to meet the mark when it comes to invoicing? And how can you invoice to make sure you get paid on time, every time?

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Setting up a company in Sharjah Airport International Free Zone

If you’re looking to start a business in the UAE, chances are the country’s free zones are already on your radar. In truth, they are pretty difficult to miss. Offering 0% corporate and personal tax, 100% company ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, no currency restrictions, and 100% import and export tax exemption – well, it’s little wonder they are so popular. If you’re sold on the idea of setting up a business in one of the UAE’s free zones but are still unsure on exactly which one, here are nine benefits to help you decide whether Sharjah Airport International Free Zone is the right option for you.

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Sales statistics – focus on those that matter, ignore those that don’t

It’s easy to get statistics wrong; and just as easy to popularise skewed numbers. What they lack in truth, they make up for in being memorable and easily exchanged in casual conversation. So, in a world full of misleading stats, which ones matter for us as salespeople? And which ones can we safely ignore?

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How to hire in the UAE

With so many factors at play, hiring new employees is never going to be an exact science – and that’s precisely why so many businesses admit to getting it wrong. A 2014 CareerBuilder survey found that 41% of employers said that a bad hire in the past year had cost them at least USD 25,000. Hiring is complex, but there are ways to manage it effectively. In this article we look at what you need to know about hiring employees in the UAE and how to do so successfully.

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Setting up a company in Jebel Ali Free Zone

Anyone with even a passing interest in setting up a UAE company will be familiar with free zones. Each free zone offers up its own range of perks that differ slightly from others in the country. So in this week’s free zone spotlight, we look at Jebel Ali Free Zone. Located in the west of Dubai, Jebel Ali Free Zone is the oldest free zone in the UAE, having been established in 1985. It is also one of the most popular. Here are eight benefits to help you decide if Jebel Ali Free Zone company setup is right for you.

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Company formation Dubai

There has never been a better time for company formation in Dubai. That’s a statement that would probably have held true at any time in the past decade or so but right now the signs are particularly promising. According to the IMF, the UAE is expected to lead economic growth in the Arabian Gulf in 2017, increasing by 2.5%. If you’re thinking of setting up your company in the UAE, the good news is that it’s a relatively simple and speedy process with strong incentives, notably in the form of the country’s free zones. So how do you go about it?

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Seven amazing apps for entrepreneurs

Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy. You have to wear many hats – CEO, finance, marketing, sales, admin, IT – and multitask your way through the different roles, all the while trying to grow and expand your young business. Increasingly entrepreneurs are taking to business apps to keep their companies running smoothly. With that in mind, here are seven of the best apps to help you grow.

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