7 Big Reasons To Work At A Startup

One of the things that the job market offers – but many of us pay little attention to – is diversity and choice.

Just a quick scan of any newspaper recruitment page and there’s a whole world of interesting stuff out there: from (for example) marine biology to road construction.

Of course, the thing that stops the world from being our oyster is that the vast majority of us are only qualified in one general area – so a marine biologist looking to make a move into road construction would probably have to retrain for a fair while before making the move!7 reasons to work at a home business startup

However even for those of us who are settled in (and happy with) our chosen career path, such as freelancing or running a business from home, there’s still a decent amount of choice.

You may not be able to change your skill-set overnight, but you can change the general working environment by moving to a different size or type of company.

We’re all familiar with the ‘one branch of a  large firm’ type of working environment from watching The Office. But what’s it like to work at a startup, and why is it becoming ever more popular?

Startups Are Dynamic

You know that old phrase about how it takes a long time to turn a ship around? In bigger companies, change is managed at a different pace. Home Business startups are small, and therefore agile.

Startups Are Talented

Young small companies don’t just appear out of the ether. It takes a fair bit of gumption, resilience and intelligence to get them in motion. And that doesn’t just apply to the firm’s founder. It also applies to her or his team, too. Because a small business is one where everyone contributes. There are simply no spaces for passengers.

Startups Are Laidback

Okay, so you will work very hard should you be lucky enough to get a post within a startup company. But you’re unlikely to have anyone ever ask why you haven’t shaved, or have never worn a tie. The focus is on getting things done, not on office attire.

Startups Get You Seen

Let’s face it, on your first day at a multinational conglomerate, you are a face in a sea of faces. In an SME-sized business, you will likely find yourself chatting to the CEO at the water cooler. And that has to be a good thing. It’s called profile and the chance to build one is a valuable thing.

Startups Need Your Skills

In a big organisation, everyone’s contribution is usually pretty closely defined. The machine can’t run smoothly unless all the cogs in the wheel are placed just right. In a smaller company you may well find yourself moving in directions you’d not previously considered – and learning new skill you’d never get elsewhere.

Startups Are All About The Love

It’s where the passion is. A recent set of very funny YouTube clips (released by AXA Business Insurance) highlights ten of the signs when people love their business just a little too much. These signs include giving business cards out quicker than you can print them and using your desk as a multifunctional breakfast bar, lunch table and head rest. They’re on YouTube here.

Startups Mean Business

Okay, so not all small businesses are startups or even home based businesses. And not all startups stay small. But it’s fair to say that many of the biggest (and best) started small – including some of the mega-giants like Apple and Amazon. And in the UK, small businesses represent 99.3 of the entire private sector.

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