When Alastair and I founded Huddle in 2006, it was a typical startup story. We identified a problem, came up with a solution over a few drinks and before we knew it the two of us were spending every waking hour developing our idea. Our mantra was, and still is, “go big or go home” so we eventually had to take a leap of faith, leave our jobs and hire a team. You can only juggle managing your company with developing your product, marketing it and selling it for so long! We haven’t looked back since. In December 2007, Huddle had five staff. A year later, the company had 20 staff, and by the end of this year, Huddle will have a 65-strong team based in London and San Francisco.

Speaking from experience, building a great team isn’t going to be all plain sailing — in fact, it’s very hard work! Making sure that you get the right people for the job can be a lengthy, expensive and sometimes painful process. As a startup, Huddle also faced the challenge of wanting — and needing — to attract the best talent without having the recruitment budget and resources that large organizations have.

How can you find people that share your passion and vision for the company without breaking the bank? Thankfully, there are numerous online networks and tools that can help you find the ideal candidate so you don’t have to spend a fortune on recruitment agencies. Some of the tools that have worked for Huddle include:

Note: This excerpt is from a blog post that I originally wrote for GigaOm’s Web Worker Daily in November 2010. To read the post in full, please go to Web Worker Daily. (http://bit.ly/bP2IWl)

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