5 Reasons You Should Ditch the Suit and Work for a Startup
Most of us hope for stability in our jobs and the potential to build a lasting career. It’s important to feel like your job is safe, and that you are paving the way to succeed long-term. While an established company may give you comfort, the truth is that any company can fail — no matter how long it’s been around.
People are often scared to work for a startup because it is new; it is just starting out, and possibly, it is unstable. However, often, brand new companies are full of really interesting people. These companies also stand for something; the people at the top know what they want and know why they are creating the business that they are. Another bonus is that sometimes there are very few people at the top, which leaves more room for workers to advance and grow with the company. Here are five reasons you should consider working for a startup.
1. You will meet interesting and motivated people
You will have the opportunity to meet interesting people everywhere, and of course, many different companies have motivated workers. However, if you are willing to try for a job as a member of a startup company, you have a great chance to meet a lot of really interesting people who are highly motivated. When you start at a company that is new, you may find that the people you are working with have a very fresh attitude. They haven’t been working at the same job for ten years and they won’t be burned out. Instead, they will probably be very creative and interested in making the new company great. You will also meet people who are truly motivated to succeed, which can encourage you to succeed as well.
2. Your coworkers will be passionate about their work
In addition to having exciting new ideas and being motivated, your boss and your coworkers will be passionate about their work. For a startup to succeed, workers need to care about the mission of the company. They need to be passionate about the work that they are doing or the product they are selling. Established companies have the advantage of being associated with a brand that has stood the test of time, but people working for a new company have to prove the value of that company. This can create a wonderful work environment to be a part of — especially if you, too, are passionate about the company.
Working for a startup also gives you the chance to participate and watch as the company you care about evolves. According to Refresh Leadership, passionate workers drive success because they are focused, they persevere, and they are competitive and driven to succeed.
3. You can really watch the company grow
If you choose to work for a brand new company (or even a fairly new one), you will get to watch the company grow. This means that every time you participate in a project, recruit a new client, or otherwise make a small difference, you will literally be helping the company expand and become better known. This can give you a boost of self-esteem, and can help you feel proud of your work and your contributions. It also can be exciting to see something that starts as an idea — or even just as a small business — grow into something much bigger. You also will feel like you really know the company if you start at the beginning, which can give you a sense of company loyalty.
4. Your chance of advancement will be great
It’s true that if the company is too small, or doesn’t do well, it might be difficult to advance. However, if you start with a small company or a new company and it does well and expands, you will have a great chance to move up in the company. You may be able to get a raise faster or earn a higher job title by working at a startup than you would at a big corporation. This is because at a smaller company, your work might be seen and appreciated more, and you may not have as many people to compete with. Therefore, you can start at a mid-level job, and potentially rise to a manager or other position quickly. You might also find that you are rewarded for being loyal and truly contributing to — and sticking with — a new company.
5. You can widen your skill base
Regardless of whether or not you decide to stay long-term at your job, you will probably greatly increase your skills. This is because companies that are just starting out often have few employees, so you might need to take on responsibilities that you haven’t had before. You might also be given more responsibility, and you can potentially get the chance to provide more of your own ideas than you would in a setting with more employees. If you do decide to leave the company later, the fact that you participated in so many acts of the company (from new ideas, to meeting with clients, to learning new computer skills, to whatever is required of you), will definitely benefit you.
Effective communication skills can be especially important, and working for a new company can truly help you to improve this skill. Effective communication skills can include listening, nonverbal communication, and stress management, according to HelpGuide.org. Since startups are new and often small, you will have plenty of chances to hone these skills.
Obviously, there are cons to working at a new company. Your job might not be as secure as it would be somewhere else. If the company remains small, you might not have as much of a chance for advancement. The fact that your skills will increase might not be as exciting if you have too many job responsibilities and you might have to put in a lot of extra hours. However, the potential pros can outweigh the cons. The choice is up to you.