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You’ve graduated from the university and you have two job offers on the table. You have a choice to make. On one hand is a high-paying entry level position at a reputable brand in your field. On the other hand is a job offer from a small startup that is just kicking off. You’ve seen their product, believe in their mission, and like their approach, but aren’t sure you want to take on the risk of working at a startup. You’re leaning toward that corporate job and good pay with nice benefits. The smart choice.
Or is it?
Here are 8 reasons why you should take the plunge and enter the startup world instead.
1. You’ll have more responsibility.
Working at a startup probably means you’re part of a small team. Because of the nature of having such a small team, there is probably nobody else in the company who has the same skillset as you, approaches problems in the same way you do, or even thinks the same way you do. This would push you to be more versatile, more reliable, and more productive. That’s an empowering place to be especially if you are just starting your career.
2. You’ll be given more opportunities.
Working at a startup offers a different type of reward: an incentive-based system that isn’t based on money, but rather in skills attained and opportunities seized. The experience will outweigh the pay cut.
3. You’ll be able to do a lot of different things.
One of the biggest complaints from people who have entered into a more-structured, corporate position is that they are generally stuck with their main task and don’t get to branch out into other areas. Working at a startup will allow you to try on a lot of different hats, even that weird one that you didn’t think you would ever like, but find out that you did.
4. You will learn from true innovators.
People who start their own business have a different mental and professional makeup than those who have never gone off to create something of their own. Entrepreneurs are defined by seeing a problem and thinking of an innovative and original way of addressing it. Because of this innovative nature, entrepreneurs are some of the best people to learn from. They approach problems differently, are constantly finding solutions, and are driven to make the most out of their time and work. It’s action and reaction, solving problems in a new, enlightening way. Every successful startup has true innovators, and if you find the right ones, you’ll learn plenty.
5. Your work will be recognized
At a startup, it’s nearly impossible not to notice a job well done or to give credit where credit is due. If you succeed, the small team will recognize it instantly, and the praise and glory is yours to bask in. Spread your arms in glory, my friend, your work has been recognized.
6. You’ll work in an awesome atmosphere.
Let me count the ways:
- Jeans to work even on a Monday.
- Jokes in the office.
- Flexible working hours.
- Work from home opportunities.
- Everyone else who works at a startup has the same drive and excitement for creation as you do.
- You can drink beer at work. But only on special occasions.
7. You’ll learn to be frugal.
Working at startup probably means that money is tight. Whether you’ve been showered with investor love or the founder has a really wealthy uncle, the company will still be thinking of ways to do more with less. No extravagance, no frills. This frugality and monetary responsibility will undoubtedly bleed into your own life as well, and you’ll end up finding new ways to find fulfillment other than burning the money you earn.
8. You’ll be instilled with the value of hard work, ownership, and self-sustainability.
Maybe more important than any other benefit of working at a startup is the realization that hard work, creative thinking, and tenacity are worth a whole lot. Once you’ve created something of your own, something tangible and whole, something you can touch, feel, or use, you really begin to appreciate personal ownership. At a startup, that natural wish to be self-sustainable is magnified and multiplied, triggering the do-or-die attitude that is often the difference between success and failure. No matter where you go after your stint at a startup, and especially if it is to go off and create a company on your own, that need to be self-sustainable, and the skills you picked up to make that possible, will power everything that you do.