Within the past few years, all of us, sometime or the other, have come across the term ‘start-up’ (yes people, it is a hyphenated term!), and a few of us, especially the working and the studying ones, might have been continuously hearing it and/or learning about it from people around us.
So, before we move ahead, what exactly is a start-up?
A start-up (literally meaning ‘to set something in motion’) is a newly set up, usually small scale, business started off by a single or a group of individuals.
But then again, most of us don’t really prefer the basic idea of starting a business and start-up, beyond the ‘modern swag’, is still a business. And this article is especially meant for those people because the whole start-up wave has divided the ‘market’ into two possible employers, one being the already established businesses and corporate houses and the other, as you would (rather should!) have already guessed, the start-ups.
So, what to do? Which to give preference to? Would the start-ups be safe (in terms of future and job security) working for?
Well, like black and white, start-ups also have two sides. While on one side you might see less job security and more hassle than might be required and so on and so forth, on the flip side you would be able to see a great many advantages as well. This article is to help you understand these advantages in a compactly formatted manner. Read on!
1) Dynamic Life: One of the biggest drawbacks of a corporate life is that your life becomes extremely dull! The same desk, the same hours, the same things to do etc. day after day makes you just lose that spark that a college or, more appropriately, a school student has. But on the other hand, a start-up keeps things fresh and the vigour associated to it just keeps you fresh and alive! The key thing here being the fact that a start-up wouldn’t add you unless you are worth it and if you are worth it then they will squeeze the last bit of energy from you in every way possible, whereas your importance in an established organisation is comparatively less.
2) Greater Growth: Building on the fact that a start-up would use you in any way possible, a simple derivation gives you another important fact, you would probably be working on more than a single domain of work. This would not only multiply your technical skills but, at the same time would also increase your interpersonal (communication) skills in folds. Another aspect of the same fact is that you would be given more than you can possibly chew and that too continuously. This really increases your tolerance and capability to handle work.
3) Individuality: Start-ups usually have a limited number of people and everyone have their specific roles. Now comes the best part. If you are good enough, you would be allowed to do your job with creative independence, i.e., though your work has to be in accordance with the whole image of the start-up, you would still have the freedom to work and create your own style within that one limit.
4) Satisfaction: Again building on the fact of limited employees, the very fact that every person has his/her specific roles opens gates for the conclusion that your work would matter. True, this brings more praise as well as criticism, but whatever you do ultimately makes a difference. You would have the satisfaction of actually contributing to the company, unlike the corporate houses where more often than not your work doesn’t make much of a difference in the earlier stages. So, you would sleep with the satisfaction of actually being an asset. Period.
5) Exciting environment: Who isn’t really bored of the ‘everyday same routine’ stuff? Start-ups mean parties, casuals, food, bonding and more interaction. You really feel connected to your work when you work for a start-up and, when in a group, that creates an electric environment.
There are a few other advantages also, but then these would help you speculate your pros and cons to a level where you should be able to decide what to choose. Think wisely!
P.S.: Start-ups usually have the dirty politics in check, so yippy!