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Why Joining a Startup Could Be the Best Decision You Make

Discover the Benefits of Professional and Personal Growth, Sense of Accomplishment, Lots of Learning, and Progression That Come with Working for a Startup.

Are you tired of working in a dull and uninspiring environment? Do you want to work in a challenging and dynamic workplace that offers growth and learning opportunities? Consider joining a startup. It may seem like a risky decision to make, but remember that some of the world’s most successful companies, such as Facebook and Google, started as startups.

In this article, we will discuss why you should join a startup and the benefits that come with it.

Professional and Personal Growth

Startups offer a great opportunity to meet new people and expand your network. Unlike established companies that have a core of clients and vendors, startups are always seeking new customers, vendors, and strategic partners. As a result, you will continually meet new people, build great friendships, and make business contacts that will last throughout your career. Moreover, the chance of one of those contacts becoming the catalyst that leads you to your next job is high.

Since most startups are small, you will get to know your co-workers very personally and create a bond with everyone on the team. Working at a startup is like being part of a close-knit family where you are encouraged to be yourself to realize your full potential. Positive company culture is at the heart of startups.

Sense of Accomplishment

Working for a startup leads to attachment, passion, and vested interest. The exhilaration of being part of a successful startup produces pride and a sense of accomplishment that is extraordinary. The entrepreneurial nature of a startup undoubtedly creates a lot of passion, which means you will be working with colleagues every day that have the same positive energy and excitement as you do. Everybody is focused on the same goal, to take the company forward and upward, because wherever that company goes, it will take you and your team with it.

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Lots of Learning

One of the best reasons to join a startup is to learn. If you are unfamiliar with the industry, but you like what the founders are doing, then don’t hold back. A startup offers a hands-on, multi-functional experience where you can take on great responsibility from the word go and work in close proximity with the founders. It’s an amazing opportunity to soak up their knowledge and experience. Furthermore, you can expect to get a lot of exposure to the intricacies of the entire business operation from the start. Such involvement is especially useful if you want to start your own company one day.

Progression

As startups grow, you can grow with them. And that can be reflected in your earnings too. Not only might salary increase with the size of the company and your responsibility within it, but you might also become entitled to options too – the value of which can grow as the company succeeds. Remember, it’s not long ago that Facebook and Google were startups too.

Learn Faster

At a startup, you’ll join a team of smart, driven people solving hard technical problems. You’ll be expected to learn quickly and get up to speed with the work previously done (likely with not much documentation available). You’ll be able to learn new concepts and skills as your work, and the company, evolves. Additionally, in the months/years after you join, there will most often be new people joining your team who you can work with and learn from.

Ownership and Autonomy

When you join a startup, you become an important player on the team. Each team member has their own role and responsibilities, and you’ll be given your own tasks and projects that you’ll run with. As you get ramped up in your new role and start to demonstrate your capabilities, you will be given more ownership over your work. At a startup, your contributions are not limited by your title or role.

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Broaden Your Skill

Set At a large company, teams and roles within each team are often siloed. Individuals are hired to do a specific set of tasks (as stated in the job description). At a startup, your role and responsibilities will be broader than at a large company. You may not even have a stated job description, or your role will stretch beyond what you were hired to do, assuming you are learning and growing. You will have the opportunity to take on new projects and can learn about new technical or non-technical domains by joining those projects.

Work Directly with Founders

One great reason to join a startup is if you might want to start your own company someday. When you join the team, especially at earlier stage startups, you’ll have direct access to the founders. You’ll learn about their work styles, how they solve problems, and how they work together. Maybe you’ll get to see the good, the bad, and the ugly (founder dynamics are important and sometimes tricky). Learning about the problems founders think about first-hand at a startup is a great way to prepare for launching your own startup in the future.

In summary, working for a startup may seem like a risky decision, but the benefits that come with it are worth the gamble. You will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment that fosters growth, learning, and personal development. You will also have the chance to work with talented and passionate individuals who share the same goals as you. Additionally, startups offer a unique chance to learn from the founders directly, which can be invaluable for your future endeavors.

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Further reading:

https://www.movemeon.com/insight/why-join-a-startup-remember-facebook-and-google-were-startups-too/

https://www.ycombinator.com/library/F3-why-work-at-a-startup


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