Think flexible schedules, tons of responsibility and loads of opportunities for advancement, and you'll understand why working for a startup can be pretty awesome.
Rather than being a fresh graduate in a weak economy, youngsters have a choice to make. On one hand you can apply to a high-paying entry level position at a reputable company, on the other hand you decide to join a small startup that is just kicking off. You’ve seen the product, believe in the mission, and like their approach, but aren’t sure you want to take on the risk of working at a startup. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to take that leap of faith, it’s time to check out some of the major benefits of working with a startup:
Work Environment: From international team members to an informal atmosphere and flat hierarchies to casual dressing you’ll be in your perfect comfort zone.
The startup community is close-knit and you’ll soon find yourself in the inner circle. All around you, people are coming up with innovative solutions to age-old problems or making that new tool that simplifies and enhances your life in some way. That entrepreneurial spirit is contagious, and you're bound to feel it or catch it before you know it. You'll slowly notice it rubbing off on you.
Flexibility & Freedom: Setting your own goals, working flexible hours, and taking on a variety of roles/ tasks are some perks that will keep you independent and happy. This sense of freedom — the ability to choose what you work on, how you work and where you perform it is now a growing priority amongst even experienced professionals across sectors and companies, and one of the core elements of a fulfilling career.
More Responsibility: Working directly with senior management, like your founders and CEO’s, and making impactful decisions together will give you a sense of responsibility that could take years at a corporate job. It allows you to truly push your potential and discover all your strengths and weaknesses whilst you learn through trial and error rather than a corporate handbook or hard-fast rules that you must follow.
Steep Learning Curve: You'll learn by doing and with hands on experience. Many opportunities to grow will probably come your way as compared to other bigger corporate and business jobs. Working at a startup offers a different type of reward: a motivation based system that isn’t based on money, but rather in skills attained and opportunities seized. The experience will outweigh the pay cut.
Learning Frugal Living: The money is almost always tight while working in a startup. The company will always be thinking of doing more with less. You'll notice no frills and extravagances and you’ll learn to get used to it. This frugality and responsibility toward money will undoubtedly influence your own life as well, and you’ll end up finding new ways to find fulfilment other than burning the money you earn. You’ll be happy being part of a team that is trying to make lives easier, manageable and more fun.
In this day and age, it's very easy to recruit and retain great talent when you are giving employees what they want. But helping them excel at their jobs and giving them the freedom to decide where, when, how, and with whom they work is still rare. Startups do their best to provide this freedom and that's why the choice is yours to make, but surely leans heavily in their favour.