5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE WORKING FOR A STARTUP.
Working for a startup is an experience that can be hard to describe, as well as elaborating to watch something grow, there are some surprises in there too. As start-up companies are becoming more increasingly popular, and more and more jobs are being advertised within the Startup culture; here are my 5 tips for anyone who’s thinking of joining or working for a startup company.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
First things first, when working for a startup always expect the unexpected, because you just never know when the shit Is about to hit the fan. No day is ever the same. Unlike working for big corporations, those companies have already gone through their worst times, when you’re working for a startup your most likely going to experience those hardest times yet to come. You’re starting from the very start, the basics of the companies foundation. It’s not easy, or the prettiest of sights to see. However, it’s all part of the journey, one big learning experience for everyone, and you will all push through it together.
NINE TO FIVE… WHAT’S THAT???
If you’re thinking you will be working ‘9–5 hours, think again because 9–5 times in the startup world does not exist. It’s not uncommon to start work at 7 and finish at 7,8 or even 9 o’ clock in the evening. Even when you think your job is done; think again, you will find yourself doing research and working on weekends and early hours in the morning, especially if you’re a programmer. That’s startup life. But you do it because the company is your baby!
YOU WILL LEARN ENTREPRENEUR SKILLS
You have to take innovative! You will learn self-learning skills and to trust your gut. Most startups are very small, and it’s likely when something is delegated to you, chances are, you will be the only person responsible for its outcome. Meaning if the project fails, it’s all on you!
YOU WILL WEAR MANY “Hats”.
If you think you were hired to do just ONE role, think again. Like I said, “take innovative.” because it will be expected of you. Startups are small, and most don’t have much funding, so they can’t afford to hire too many people.
Don’t be shocked if you find yourself doing the roles of a web designer, Book-keeper, customer support, PR and much more.
Being comfortable with change is a must!
THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
With all the focus on getting the business off the ground, you may think “Yes!, it’s over, I can relax.”. The truth is that won’t happen; you will work harder than ever before, and there will be no such thing as a “Social Life”. As said by Heddi Cundle of mytab.co
“It’s just beginning. Once you launch, the sheer grafting of working around the clock and having no social life is something I wasn’t aware of yet had to adapt instantly.”