A MUST READ article if you are planning to start a nutritionist business in Dubai.
A nutritionist is an expert in the use of food as a tool to promote health and wellbeing. These specialists advise their clients on what to eat to lead a healthy lifestyle. A nutritionist can work as a part of a broader healthcare team such as doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to help optimize treatment for everything from food intolerances to weight problems.
Over-consumption of fast or junk food is a leading cause of obesity, various heart conditions, diabetes and other chronic diseases through much of the developed world and Dubai. A nutritionist can work with clients to minimize the negative impact of an unhealthy lifestyle.
Nutritionists have advanced degrees and pass nutritionist certification tests. Applicants must have a master’s degree and practical experience before they can sit for an exam in many jurisdictions. The bottom line is that nutrition is a specialised science. And, therefore, not everyone can enter the field without the relevant education and experience.
Pre-launch Plan for Nutritionist Business
Will you only provide one-on-one nutrition counseling? Could you consult with local businesses on how to improve the nutrition of their employees? Consider your options and choose those you want to focus on in the beginning. And then consider those you might expand to once you have a good foundation of regular clientele.
As most nutritionists are a part of a broader healthcare network, it’s imperative to establish strong contacts with physicians and other health professionals who can refer clients to you before your formal launch. A healthcare provider provides valuable diagnostic health information such as underlying health issues, blood cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, hemoglobin, and hematocrit levels, among others. Without their aid, acquiring a steady stream of clients poses a bigger challenge.
Choosing the Right Jurisdiction
Dubai Healthcare City (DHC) free zone has a cluster of medical facilities and thousands of medical professionals. The area has become a regional hub for medical tourism as well as a globally recognized centre of medical excellence. Incorporating in this location will provide you with a steady client base needed for success.
In terms of costs, Dubai Healthcare City is on the pricier end of the spectrum. Limited liability-free zone companies in DHC are required to have a minimum paid-up capital of AED 50,000 for commercial establishments and AED 300,000 for clinical establishments. Branch establishments have no minimum capital requirements.
Another popular jurisdiction is the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) free zone located in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) area of Dubai. JLT and surrounding areas are a hub for expats with high disposable incomes and therefore more likely to utilize your services if you position yourself on the premium end of the market. The company formation process is straight forward, with the majority of it handled through their dedicated online portal.
Finally, you can opt to incorporate via the DED (Dubai Department of Economic Development) with the assistance of a local sponsor. The local license gives you access to establish business premises across the city at a variety of price points.
Starting the Nutritionist Business Right Way
Starting your own business as a nutritionist can be overwhelming. It can feel like you need to do all the things. A website, social media, getting clients, workshops, network building and the list goes on. This feeling of being overwhelmed can be completely paralyzing. You feel like you have so much to do, that you end up spinning your tires, jumping between tasks or even worse, doing nothing at all.
Above all, the number one priority of a business is to be sustainable. So we highly recommend focusing first on getting paying clients and treating them well. Turn them into raving fans by giving them a good experience and the results they are seeking. Leave the administrative tasks to a seasoned consultant who can save you time and money by helping you with a plan for a successful launch.