Work for a startup?… to do or not to do !
As much as startups are a growing trend in India these days, a lot of people are quitting their jobs with established entities and starting/joining startups. But there are a still a lot of people who can’t decide if this is the move worth making. As a rule of thumb, risk and gains are directly proportional , you should get the hint from this itself. But the million dollar question is are you ready to take the risk?
What does it take to be part of a startup:
- Passion – it take a lot of passion to work from scratch on something you believe and see it fail at times but work on grooming and making its way to the top.
- Being on your toes 24*7 and leaving the –“these are my work hours” attitude of established company employees.
- Bringing ideas to the table rather than just doing as told.
- Sacrificing your holidays, weekends, coffee breaks, tea breaks, gossip time.
- A sense of responsibility as your tinniest decision and action has a relatively big impact on the entity.
- Getting big designations but doing almost all the tasks from moving files on the table to taking tough decisions. You have to be a team player all the time and be the team at times , if you know what I mean !
- Not a lot of money in the beginning at times, because what is most important is putting all the resources in business development.
- Research and market analysis, knowing in and out of what your competition is doing , so that you always plan ahead.
- Resilience , as there will be a lot of times when you see failures very closely but will have to learn from it and keep moving on.
- Adaptability to change- as an organisation grows you will see a lot of changes be it in the team, the goals or the work culture. You will have to be really comfortable with the changes.
Having said all this – working for startups is certainly going to be a life time opportunity and experience. So, if you think that you have all the above and are willing to take the risk of moving away from a safe harbor and give some fresh air to your sails, now is the time.