When it comes to finding work, most people prefer to find an established company to work for, if only because they know it’s more secure, and likely loaded with benefits. This is true even if that means taking a pay cut in the process. But does that mean you should turn down startup work? Absolutely not.
Startups actually offer more security than you might think. The trick is to work for a startup that manages its finances tightly.
It’s true that, in the long run, most will not succeed. However, if you see an established base along with those looking to bring its vision to life, then going with startup work might not be the worst thing. In fact, working for a startup just might be the thing to brighten your resume and your future in the market.
Let’s take a look at a few reasons why.
1. Everyone pretty much begins as a startup.
Do you think that the likes of big businesses these days ended up this way overnight? We can tell you that they didn’t. Of course not.
Apple got its start in a garage way back in the early 1980s before they ever released their first iPhone. Amazon began as an online bookstore before becoming one of the world’s biggest merchants, with mega-sized warehouses across the globe. McDonald’s was a simple Mom-and-Pop burger joint back in the mid-1950s before some savvy marketing (and billions of consumers) turned it into a worldwide chain of greatness.
That’s something to keep in mind. When you join a startup, you may not have any idea of what you’re in for. Could it fail? Sure, but the same could be said working for a big company. Larger businesses usually see layoffs more often than not. Even Amazon lays off people after the holiday season, and they sell billions of dollars of merchandise on a weekly basis.
So you might as well take a gamble and see what startup work can do for you. Stick with it long enough. Put in the right initiative, and you could very well see it take off.
2. You’ll get your chance to shine.
Another factor to consider when it comes to accepting startup work is that the focus is more on you.
Let’s look at it this way. If you get a job working in an Amazon warehouse, you do get a steady paycheck and decent benefits. However, you’re viewed more as an asset, what you can produce compared to who you are. For some, this is fine when it comes to getting through a 9-5 shift. But it’s hardly something you can consider a career inspiration.
Now, working for a startup, there’s more to it than that. Considering it’s a much smaller company, that means there’s more reliance on what you can bring to the team. That means you actually get a chance to shine. While it’s great to see what your talents can do, the owners of a startup are likely looking at what you bring to the table as a person, rather than a product.
Granted, this really depends on the basis of the startup, as there could be hundreds of employees working in a warehouse or what-not. But with a smaller company, you’re likely to see work that really makes you stand out, compared to being just another digit in a larger corporate line.
Taking on startup work, you have a chance to create your own story — and that, in turn, can help you gain more stature in the company. Who knows, you could even end up with an office sooner rather than later. (Again, depends on the business…but dream big.)
3. Remember, creature comfort is key.
One other aspect to consider when it comes to startup work is that you’re likely to be more comfortable.
We’d hate to bring up Amazon again, but we have to. They work ten-hour days with minimal bathroom breaks and a 30-minute lunch. That can add up to a lot in a day. It can leave you worn out and wishing you could just run for the doors. (Maybe even screaming that you’re not going to take it anymore.)
It shouldn’t be like this. Working should never be like this.
One of the key aspects that makes startup work stand out is how most of these new companies are built around comfort. Spaces are built with efficiency in mind. Spaces that say “It’s fine to work here” instead of “Okay, give me ten hours of your life, you slag.” Something that doesn’t just say “you belong,” but actually makes you feel like you belong.
Perspective is everything. And even if a company looks like it’s going through rough spots as it’s being established, it could end up building to something greater. That’s why you should give startup work a heavy amount of consideration.
Is it a risk? Sure. But that’s the great thing about new jobs — with risk comes reward.