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Why You Should Work at a Tech Startup Company

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.”

Tony Hsieh

I’ve been working with Startups throughout my career and I learned a lot since then. I’m also an entrepreneur at heart.

I actually founded my own web development business but it didn’t last that long. It’s hard. I mean, really hard.

That is why I understand the struggle and hardships of every founder of a startup that I worked for. And because of that, I know how to position myself in the organization and the value that I need to give inside the scope of my skills or even to wear a hat that is not in my scope of work.

Well then, why you should work for a Tech Startup?

You Will Learn The Business Side of Things

If you’re a developer who want to build your own startup in the future, might as well join a startup. You can learn the in and out of operations of the business and you can learn something from the founder itself.

It’s crucial for you to learn the practical things based on experience because, in theory, all the planning and ideas are worthless if you do not know how to execute.

As what Mike Tyson said: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

You Will Develop New Skills

Usually, when working in a startup, the team wears multiple hats. I know this very well because I myself did this and still doing it whenever possible.

Because it’s a startup, the resources of people are small. The job might require you to learn new skills that are outside of your skillset to meet the project requirements. And it’s a great thing!

Your Work Will Get Recognize

This is one of the best reasons why I think working in a startup is a delightful experience.

Every work you produce will make a big impact on the company. You will probably work in a critical part of the business, have more responsibility and failure is sometimes is not an option. This reason alone will push you to be productive and make awesome work.

You Will Get Perks and Training

Most startups that I work for have some kind of training program where they’ll buy you a conference ticket, seminar, or course material to study.

It’s because I think they want to invest to people. They want their team to grow and nourish their skills. In return, you’ll apply what you have learned to the company itself and give additional values.

Conclusion

I listed the reasons why it’s great to work with startup companies. But, there is a big risk.

Startups are prone to fail in the first few years of their conception, that is why it is important for you to have a contingency plan and a mindset of “What Should I Do If I Got Laid Off?” I’ve been there, I’ve done that.

And That’s it!

Have you work with a startup? I would like to know! Share your experience in the comments. Stay safe. Cheers!

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  1. Hi Sir France, with regards to being laid off in the future, could you also share to us what those contingency plans you had before? (Aside from doing sideline project/s or freelancing while working in startup company)

  2. Hi Sir France. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been working in startups eversince I switched careers from business to IT. Some of the good things also is that you get to work with the latest technologies/frameworks/libraries and sometimes you even have the option of what tech to use that might be suitable for the project. Although a not so good thing is that usually, things run at a fast pace in startups so being able to cope up with it is important.

  3. Hey Kyle, Aside doing freelancing and side projects, you need to have an emergency fund that will cover your 3 to 6 months expenses. Save up some cash during the time you’re working in a startup.

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