Entrepreneurs · Entrepreneurship

How do you find people for your team?

Inês Filipa Lopes MSc in Digital Marketing

August 13th, 2018

So, we are a group of 3 people trying to develop a project but we are struggling trying to find people with the qualifications we need... How did you guys have overcome this issue? And what kind of tips do you have for us when it comes to gathering the perfect team?

David M

August 13th, 2018

Write your business plan. Know what you need and where your weak points are and then network.

Alexandre Azevedo Founder of The Traction Stage Blog & Podcast

Last updated on August 16th, 2018

Hello, Inês!

Well, considering you are not willing to pay this person with cash you'll have to pay him/her with the opportunity (of owning shares of an awesome startup).

To show the opportunity is really great, I strongly recommend you to translate your idea into a business model (business model canvas methodology is great for that).

After that, I would look for this person into your current social circles (telling about the business model). If you already did that, maybe visiting some niche events (in which that kind of person would attend). LinkedIn might work too (as suggested by @Kellie Anaya)

With an exciting business model in your hands it will be easier to convince great people to jump on board.



Ming Li 8-STAR businessman looking for serious longterm WIN-WIN partner. Great scouring, supply chain manage

Last updated on September 8th, 2018

Hey, I have the same problem. Tried ask some question here and show their my profile. But still not sure here discuss or network are work for me, not quite efficiency as I expected...

Dane Madsen Organizational and Operational Strategy Consultant

August 14th, 2018

You are selling at this point. You need to be as refined in your pitch to them as you would be investors because they would be investors with their time. There are a lot of alternatives for them so they need to feel comfortable that leadership can succeed in the space. A basic elevator pitch - who you are, what you do and who it is for, what problem you are solving and how, and what is different about you versus the competitors. If they respond with "tell me more" then you can go further. If this makes their eyes glaze over, move on.

Bryan Riester Economy, Process, Design

August 14th, 2018

As previous posters have commented, your business plan is your key resource when it comes to recruitment. It's your opportunity to show not only *what* you're doing (and hopefully why,) but also to demonstrate your professionalism.

You may notice a common theme among users of this site: there's an ambient frustration among go-getters looking for like-minded cofounders. Most people just aren't startup material! Sad truth. So expect this process to take a great deal of time, and a great deal of up-front professionalism as well.

You can mitigate the risk of a competent cofounder blowing away in the wind by getting your ducks in a row and looking great. Show potential candidates that you're taking your business seriously, and are willing to put in the legwork to make it happen. You want to demonstrate consistency, long-term commitment, and drive.

Your leadership starts the moment you meet. Frame the relationship deliberately :D Your effort will be appreciated by the lonely cofounder who's been searching for years before finding you.

Safwan Khan Founder of Startupily | App & Website Dev | Write for Influencive ,Besomebody, Thrive Global

August 16th, 2018

If you are struggling to find people with the qualification you require have you considered training someone? Yes, it may take time but you still havent found the right match yet. Consider this option.

William M. Digital Retention Lead | CX Empathy Strategists | Copywriter

August 16th, 2018

Take a look at your business model and identify the areas in which you would need someone to focus on full time. Once you have an idea, I would take a look at social networks (such as LinkedIn) or even local Universities who provide a course in that "specific qualification."

You would be surprised what some student out there are creating and where their skill levels are already at.

Jamie Kee Aspiring CTO

August 16th, 2018

If you're looking for motivated individuals with a particular skill set.. leverage meetups. Meetup.com is a great site for this. Go to a meetup that is based around the skill/position that you are looking for and bring your elevator pitch.

Wally Barr Business Owner at Undrnu Management

September 7th, 2018

I have had very good response from Indie Hackers. Any question I have posed there I have gotten several valuable responses. What exactly are you looking for because I have relationships (commission based) with companies in the space. Feel free to contact me.

Kellie Anaya Owner of Kiss Me Honey Lip Balm

August 13th, 2018

Have you posted on LinkedIn ?