Although a corporate job may offer higher starting wages than a startup and may come with more benefits, there is great personal satisfaction to be achieved from working in startup. In a startup environment there is often an absence of specialists to fill every functional role, so often get called upon to be a ‘jack-of-all-trades’. It can be hard, demanding work, with long hours and less pay, but it will be worth it.
Or is it?
Here are 5 Reasons to why you should enter the realm of startup.
1.Hats, Hats, I’m mad about Hats
Working at a startup will usually allow you to try on a lot of different hats, or functional roles, in a much shorter time than in a corporate environment – even though sometimes it may be a hat you don’t like. You get to learn a lot of things on your own, and often are tasked with teaching yourself! You get to handle multiple roles that would help you identify your strength and weakness. You become responsible for your own professional growth.
2. Responsibility, Ownership, and Accountability (ROA)
In startups, responsibility, ownership, and accountability are essential. Since it’s a startup, teams are usually smaller. You probably will be the only person with certain type of skill set or you have a creative way of thinking and problem solving abilities. You will learn to pull your own weight and should expect a greater degree of responsibility. This can help you develop your skills faster compared to a corporate environment.
Working with a small team will give you a sense of personal ownership and accountability. Motivation will be less about doing work because other people tell you to do it and more about doing it because you care about growth and have a common objective. You will contribute to shaping the company’s goals, values, and culture, individually creating a happy environment and helping the company move forward.
3. Being Recognized
Working for a startup means you’re helping build the company. You are aware of how much you contribute and it won’t go unnoticed.
Startups are filled with people who are passionate about seeing a product or service come to life. This require a level of dedication from each individual usually not seen in big corporations. The recognition itself comes from everyone who contributed to a job well done.
4. Awesome Work Environment
The inner workings of a startup are often both hectic and fun, because of their small size, they tend to be more intimate, less formal, and quirky. Working in small groups builds relationships among coworkers at all levels – you may find yourself up late working shoulder to shoulder with the CEO or other founders. This both offers early exposure to business leaders – itself a learning opportunity – as well as giving you many more opportunities to contribute in a bigger way.
Working for startup has the atmosphere of more fun and open communication than in the corporate world. AWA (As Well As) the feeling of comradery with coworkers. Most startups start small, which leaves plenty of time to get to know your coworker on a personal level. The opinions of team members are valued. There’s also great creative energy and team spirt. They share the same drive and excitement as you do.
5. Learning from True Innovators
Startups have innovation written all over them. Startup business owners have a different take on mental and professional composition than those who are part of a corporate structure. If you choose to work for a startup, then you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with the CEO, Creators, and Founders that are trying to change the business platform. This will also be a good training ground if you want to found a company one day.
Overall, you have to consider which factors are essential to help you work towards your goals. What will make you a power tool contributor, let’s “start it up”, shall we?