This article is not intended for people who want to launch their startup, but for people who may be considering working for one – some of the followings are valid for both though. It’s totally subjective since based on my own experience, but still, I wanted to share it with people it could help.
Maybe it’s not for you
Startups are the new hype, but if some people are made for it, others are definitely not. You have to ask yourself if you would have wanted that before it was cool. You have to be 100 % committed. Startups hire people they need, no less, no more, so if you don’t do your job well, nobody’s going to do it. For this reason, it can also be stressful, because – if you’re not selfish, in which case just stop reading this article you have your answer – you don’t want to disappoint people you’re working for. Anyway, it may not be for you for many reasons. Some people just like big corporations, medium-sized companies and all the advantages they can have over startups. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, that’s just worth thinking of.
Go for a product/service you love
That might sound obvious as well, but you really need to be in love with your product. If you work in sales or marketing, it will be hard to have other people like your product if you don’t – unless you are a great liar maybe. It is not only true for sales or marketing but for every kind of position. You are supposed to be the biggest fan of your product, and if you are not, nobody will be… I am fond of the company I work for, interact.io, and I’m pretty sure I would not have been that happy in another one!
Go for people you really want to work with
That’s the hardest part because you don’t know people until you work with them. But it’s highly important because you will spend most of your time with the same people, and if you don’t want to end up crazy, you’d better chose them well – maybe you’re the one who will drive them crazy actually. It’s not easy but there are some ways to find out wether you should work with people or not. In my case, I had some criteria: I wanted to work with people who are good (who don’t), open-minded, nice and easy-going. It’s not that simple to guess, especially when you have a long distance recruitment process. But I had the chance to find people who clearly seemed to match all those criteria at first sight. You can try to find information on the internet – the good old stalking thing, but not in a weird way. Try to find articles, videos, content, which can help you better understand the company’s culture. It’s really wrong to say that there is a general startup culture. There is a different culture in each startup, just find the one you like most.
You think working in a startup is for you? You found a product you love, built by great people? Just go for it and don’t ask yourself further questions. It will be fun, rewarding, exciting, it will make your daily life meaningful and you won’t wait for Friday anymore – even if Friday is still a great day!