Why working at a Start-up is different

Working at a Start-up isn’t about gaming rooms and playing foosball in the hallways. The biggest difference between working at a Start-up and a job at a more traditional organisation is the rate at which things change. Working at a Start-up is a unique experience and it is the dynamic energy that drives progress.

Start-up’s are the most progressive businesses around, they encourage creativity, innovation and are void of hierarchy. There are many talented people working at Start-ups and they’re there because they want to build something of value. For them it’s a mission, not just a job; they want to belong to something special and have impact. And it is that sense of belonging and enormous drive and dedication that makes people perform at their best.

Start-ups need to grow fast and capitalize on trends quickly and this comes from employees innovating and trying new things. This is how startups deliver results with fresh designs and new concepts that their competition can’t.

In Start-up environments, Founders and coworkers work close together; there are not many management layers, it is easier to cooperate cross-functional and learn from the best. Your coworkers are more likely to appreciate an action-oriented, problem-solving approach, creativity, innovation, and reward. Pride in growing the company together and sharing in its ups and downs creates a close and dynamic team spirit.

Joining a start-up is very different from joining an established company. There are less rules, meaning there is more room for creative and entrepreneurial spirits to express themselves

The smaller the Start-up, the broader your role usually is and more frequently you’ll be picking up new responsibilities because there are simply fewer people to tackle any given challenge. You’ll need to solve problems on your own, which means you’ll learn a lot. Founders expect much more than just the skills you were hired for. Often, you are expected to do work outside your job description. Within a short period of time, you might be doing something significantly different from the role you were initially hired to do. And you’ll get rewarded with a variety of very valuable transferable skills.

The lack of rules or structure and the fast evolving environment at Start-up’s lends itself to more than just your typical 9-5 working day. Some appreciate this lack of structure, while others thrive in a structured environment that a Start-up can’t provide. Since there are less rules, and often tight or no budgets, there is a need for creativity and entrepreneurial thinking. Teams are small, people generally have to wear a number of different hats in an environment which values initiative. A great way to figure out what you’re best at and excel in it. 

Start-up environments are great for figuring out what you’re best at and excelling in it.

What I experienced myself is that building a Start-up requires a level of commitment and energy that I never experienced in the corporate world. The life of a Start-up life will become an important part of your life. 

Since startups have a small workforce with a huge mission, every single person factors into its success. Each person’s performance can make an impact and a difference if you fit in this kind of high-energy and high pressure environment.

Which leads to the conclusion that the reality of Start-up companies is that they aren’t for everyone. Evaluating what you want out of a job and company and where you see your future, you can determine the right fit for you. If it feels like Start-ups are the right fit for you, check out our openings  CareerCafe.nl