Are You Going to Start Up or Sell Out?

Ok, so maybe the comparison isn’t quite that simple.

There are shades of grey in between starting up and selling out, we can admit that. Still, there are some very distinct benefits to starting a company or joining a startup that you simply won’t find when you “sell out” by pursuing a more traditional career path.

Yes, established companies can offer great benefits and stability, but do you want to sit around for 40 hours a week staring at the same legacy software? We didn’t think so. Take a look at the 3 best reasons to startup, and don’t be a sellout:

Have Your Voice Heard

One of the hardest aspects about succeeding in a traditional job is learning to keep some of your thoughts — your valuable, interesting and potentially innovative thoughts — to yourself. It’s not that your company couldn’t benefit from them, it’s that there’s a pecking order in place. With a traditional job, you have to earn your stripes before you can gain influence over company affairs or direction. With a startup, while you will still have to work hard, you have a greater chance of having your voice heard immediately.

Product Ownership

In real estate, they say what matters is location, location, location. In the technical space, the same could be said about ownership, ownership, ownership. When you start your own company, everything that you and your colleagues create is at least partially yours. This is even more true if you take the hardcore route and bootstrap your own funds, not taking loans from angel investors.

All Elevators Start on the Ground Floor

How’s that expression go? Started from the ___? One of the greatest things about forgoing a traditional, “sellout” career to join a startup is that you’re, quite literally, getting in on the ground floor. It may be disconcerting to you that your company has everyone sharing one room, or someone’s garage or attic, but it could be worth it in the long run. And, when you and your co workers start to see results, you can be sure management — who you’ll be on a first name basis with — will know that you were there when it all started.

Originally published at Coder Inc. | Venture Development.