Dare to begin!
Dare to begin!
To corporate or not to corporate, that’s the question. At the threshold of our professional careers, we’re all tempted to jump on the ‘corporate bandwagon’, and why not, the perks are good, the money is good and we all know how long a big name in our resumes can take us. However, have you ever considered a different perspective? While the corporate life has its own benefits, the fact is that the cherry hangs very high up and in order to get it, we must give our dues and a little bit more. Start-ups, on the other hand, gives you the opportunity to achieve a whole lot more in a much shorter time. Yes, the pay may not be great from the very beginning itself but when you invest enough time in it and with it, the returns are not only measurable but far more valuable as well. Like corporates, working with a start-up has its own perks and they may not always be tangible and easy to measure, their worth in the long run cannot be discounted. To begin with, here are just a few things that makes a start-up stand out from the corporate culture and crowd.
When you’re working for a start-up you have the opportunity to take on more responsibility. While this may sound a bit terrifying and many would think, why take on more when you can share the load with a few others, the truth is that when you have more to handle, you automatically end up learning more and when you learn more, you grow more. It may be a little overwhelming at first but once you get the hang of it, the satisfaction of doing something that requires five people or more, is intoxicating.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the corporate world is its rules and regulations. When you’re working with a corporate, your path is mostly charted out for you. Not like that isn’t a good thing, but it only means that there’s less wiggle room left for you to try out your own things. On the other hand, start-ups are known for their affinity towards freedom. From free-thinking to experimenting with ideas, if you’re working with a start-up then this has got to be one of the biggest perks.
A direct side-effect (one of the only times when this phrase is used in a positive way) of a free work culture is the possibility of channelling creativity. When you’re given room to not only think outside the box, but to explore as far away from it as possible, your creative juices automatically start flowing which in turn allows you to put your best foot forward. In the professional space, your creativity and how differently you can think and innovate is what sets you apart and it’s best never to turn down an opportunity to embrace it.
‘Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work’ – Thomas Edison. The external vision of a start-up is not glittery, it’s not flashy and it’s not about perfectly tailored suits. However, at the end of the day, if you don’t take risks, you’ll always end up working for someone who does. A start-up is about hard work and snapping up an opportunity when you get one, besides, missing out on something great just because it looked difficult and daunted is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone!
In a start-up your work is recognized, as are your failures. Does that make you think twice? Well, you should not because that’s what learning, growing and conquering at your profession is all about. In a big company, recognition is scare and chances are that all your hard work is either ignored or gets lost somewhere between you and the twenty other people working on the same project. In at start-up, it is nearly impossible not to notice good work and all the praise and glory is yours to bask in. While it still may be hard work and definitely more than a ‘nine-to-five’, it’s definitely going to be worth it. Learning from true innovators and striving to become one who can change the game is the best thing that you can do as a professional and a start-up with its free and innovating culture allows you to do exactly that.
You can either go to work or you can be your own boss, the choice is yours!