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Recruiting –
build your team

As your startup grows, so do the tasks involved. To cope with the increasing workload emerging from this, you might have to hire additional employees. Here you can find out more about what makes good recruiting and what legal issues you should be aware of.

Recruting - build your startup team
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Build your startup team: practical tips for finding employees

Prior to recruiting any staff, you should get a clear picture of all activities that need to be covered. What is more, you should define the skills and characteristics your new employee should possess and how much financial scope you have.

Especially in the early stage of a business, the motivation and commitment of staff are very important. Everyone involved, and not only the founder, should be aware of the fact that a startup differs from a large corporation. Therefore, it is important to focus on corporate culture as the initial team members play a key role in shaping corporate culture. In addition to professional qualities, new staff should also be a match on a personal level.

When hiring new staff, there are also legal aspects to be considered, such as the employment contract and insurances. It might also be worth considering offering the new employee a financial stake in the company, as this may raise the employee’s motivation to achieve joint business success.
It is often the case that international founders seek to recruit staff from abroad to work in Germany. Anyone wishing to do so is required to observe a number of German legal provisions.

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Employment and social security
Detailed information evolving around employees and social security (finding suitable staff, flexible models, terms and termination of employment, labor related incentives, employee representations and the German social security system)
Germany Trade and Invest

Residence permit within the EU
The EU Blue Card enables foreign professionals to receive a residence permit for the German (European) job market
Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Employing foreign workers
Information about important legislation for employing foreign workers
Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Consulting & Coaching

hei. coaching programme "Corporate Culture" – Calender of events
Various seminars relevant for entrepreneurs. Participants can receive a subsidy of up to 500 €. The events are usually held in German.
hei. calender of events

Last accessed: Feb 2024