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:

  1. 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.
  2. Being on your toes 24*7 and leaving the –“these are my work hours” attitude of established company employees.
  3. Bringing ideas to the table rather than just doing as told.
  4. Sacrificing your holidays, weekends, coffee breaks, tea breaks, gossip time.                               
  5. A sense of responsibility as your tinniest decision and action has a relatively big impact on the entity.
  6. 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 !
  7. Not a lot of money in the beginning at times, because what is most important is putting all the resources in business development.
  8. Research and market analysis, knowing in and out of what your competition is doing , so that you always plan ahead.           
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Godspeed!

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Ruchi Pandita

Ruchi is a word-weaver, a painter, an amateur photographer and a poet at heart. The ease with with she can explain the most complex stuff impresses people around her. Being a gemini, she is never content, always looking for new ways to explore her self and the world around. The startup revolution has greatly influenced her and she is using her talent to help budding entrepreneurs find the way forward.

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