6 things you learn while working at a startup

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Levi Denham, a WC-130J Hercules aircraft weather reconnaissance loadmaster assigned to the 53rd Reconnaissance Squadron, performs pre-engine start-up inspections in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, on Sept. 16, 2010. Known as Hurricane Hunters the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron's mission is to provide surveillance of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the central Pacific Ocean for the National Hurricane Center in Miami. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force. (Released) U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Levi Denham, a WC-130J Hercules aircraft weather reconnaissance loadmaster assigned to the 53rd Reconnaissance Squadron, performs pre-engine start-up inspections in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, on Sept. 16, 2010. Known as Hurricane Hunters the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron's mission is to provide surveillance of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the central Pacific Ocean for the National Hurricane Center in Miami. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)

Working at a startup can change your life.

It will teach you more than any job in your career ever will. During the first few years of a startup, the founding employees of the firm are the one who can make or break a startup with their hard work and sincerity.

A few years at a startup can leave a lasting impression on the way you look at the work you do and your career. Listed below are seven things you will learn while working at a startup:

1. HOW TO SAY ‘NO’:

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A startup usually has a very small team. This means most of the employees have to take on more than one responsibility. It could also mean some of the employees end up doing more work than the others. In a situation like this, what would you do if you have already put in 15 hours of work in a day and you are handed another task to complete before the end of the day? You say NO. Saying NO is difficult, but when you work at a startup, it is a very useful word.

2. HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET:

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In the startup culture, time is everything. If you are working for a service-based company, the deadlines given to the clients are cut-throat. If it takes 5 days to complete a particular project, being a startup, you are expected to finish it in less than 4 days (all to save costs and make more money). This teaches you how to work smart, and make sure you meet the deadlines to please your clients and the founders.

3. TAKING INITIATIVE:

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To get noticed in a large crowd, you either have to do something amazing or something foolish. At a startup, doing anything foolish will get you fired immediately. But taking the initiative to go beyond your call of duty could change your life. Also, while working at a startup there is a certain sense of belonging, and the product feels more like your baby. Hence, taking initiative comes naturally to employees.

4. MAKES YOU MORE OBSERVANT AND ALERT:

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In an established firm or an Multi-National Company (MNC), the employees are bound to a certain department and their scope of work starts there and pretty much ends there too. Things are spoon-fed to the staff and you are bound to follow them. At a startup, there is no one to spoon feed you. This makes you more vigilant and observant.

5. YOU LEARN TRUCK LOADS:

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It a startup, you get to don many hats, sometimes, at once. For example, you could be the HR today, and a Quality Analyst the next day. It is all about fitting in the puzzle for that day. It lets you break the monotony of doing the same work every day of your life. 

6. HOW TO RUN A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS:

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At the end of a startup sprint, the startup may become successful or may shut shop. But out of all this, one thing is certain – the employees of a startup would have learnt how to start a business and the dos & don’ts of the trade. Someone who worked in a start-up is more likely to run a successful business of his/her own. This is because the person has witnessed the nuances of running a website from extremely close quarters.

If you have been wondering about taking  up a job, look for an opportunity to work in a start-up. The pay might not match up in the very beginning, but the learnings you acquire in a year could change your life forever!

 

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