The Compass

Find some direction on your entrepreneurial journey

Basic Skills Every Young Entrepreneur Should Have

Jun 6, 2017

By Naila Tariq — We all know being an entrepreneur involves grit, hard work, thick skin, and passion. But these are personality traits; they do not have to be inherent, and they can be developed, but they still aren’t exactly a skill set. What every entrepreneur needs is an arsenal of both hard and soft […]

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Sheraa’s Ramadan Majlis Recap: Key Issues and Future Implications

Jun 6, 2017

By Naila Tariq Sharjah’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is thriving, but we can – and will – do better. This was the takeaway from Sheraa’s Ramadan Majlis, which took place at the Kahraman Hall in Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Center on Tuesday night, June 6th. Held in collaboration with the Emirati Entrepreneurs Association, the Majlis invited […]

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Keeping the Pace During Ramadan

May 5, 2017

With the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan comes shorter working hours, more time dedicated to prayer and contemplation, and – with the changes to one’s sleep schedule – more naps. It’s understandable, then, for productivity to slow down or for your business to fall into a bit of a slump. However, understandable doesn’t […]

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The Circle of Scarf Project: A Heart- (and Neck-) warming Social Enterprise

May 5, 2017

By Naila Tariq For most people, university courses are something that teach you what you’ll need to know for later, once you’re out in the “real world.” Till then, you move from one course to the next, storing the information for once you get a job that requires you to use it. But what if […]

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The To-Do List vs. The Action Plan

May 5, 2017

By Naila Tariq Generally speaking, to-do lists are great. They help keep you focused, they’re about the easiest way to get organized, and because they’re so versatile, you can add something as simple as “wake up” and get to feel accomplished when you cross it off. (Side question: Do you cross off your list item […]

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Romanticizing “The Grind”

Apr 4, 2017

By Naila Tariq So. It’s 3 AM and you’re wondering whether it’s all worth it. Whether what’s all worth it? Well, whatever it is you’re working on at 3 in the morning, while healthier, saner people are asleep. That project, that business, that… thing that has occupied your days and nights and mornings for so […]

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Saving the Planet Without the Capes

Apr 4, 2017

By Naila Tariq With rising sea levels and temperatures, melting ice caps, and record-breaking weather patterns, we are finally realizing that the Earth is a finite resource. While we cannot reverse the effects of climate change, we can – by working together – at least minimize its effects and help guarantee a habitable future for […]

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The Rut: What to Do When You’re Losing Momentum

Apr 4, 2017

By Naila Tariq When first starting your business venture, everything is exciting. You’re heading full steam ahead into the unknown, filled with ideas and enthusiasm, ready to take on hurdles and break barriers. Progress is fast. You’re making considerable gains. Everything feels easy. Then, inevitably, you hit a plateau. Things slow down. Maybe – quite […]

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Broadening Horizons with Travel and Tourism

Mar 3, 2017

By Naila Tariq Imagine you were planning a trip. You’d probably start by looking up viable destinations online, then checking flight dates and ticket prices on comparison sites like Tajawal. Maybe you’d contact a travel agent to ask about travel packages and the best tourist destinations for the season, or perhaps you’d prefer to create […]

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Impactful Innovation: Social Entrepreneurship for a Better Tomorrow

Mar 3, 2017

By Naila Tariq A quick look at the state of the world today is enough to understand that much needs to be improved. There are seemingly ever-increasing numbers of refugees, of people in need, of injustice and conflict. However, bleak as that may be, it does also mean that there is ever-increasing potential to do […]

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