There are a lot of reasons why you should quit your day job and work for a startup, but here are some reasons why you shouldn’t. If you’ve been tinkering on the verge, but just haven’t had the courage to leap in the startup world maybe this blog will help. Take notes!
1.) If you enjoy a routine job. In other words, if you are happy with knowing what your day will be like every time you head to work then it may not be the best choice for you to join a startup. A lot of it could depend on your personality and how you handle surprise situations. There’s no routine in an early stage company, but that’s the glory of it. Anything can happen, at any time, and that brings a level of excitement and adrenaline. Any moment there could be an acquisition or a partnership, or there could even be a shutdown. If you’re lucky enough to jump in early enough then you have a direct influence on the performance of the company and its’ future.
2.) If you don’t like networking. If you’re not in to meetups and industry events then you may want to reconsider. Some of the best networking events are focused on startups and teams alike. The value of meeting individuals like yourself who love entrepreneurship are impeccable and can truly help spawn great friendships.
3.) If you have a problem being a team player. Of course no one has this issue right!? Seriously though, it’s take a team effort to run a startup and everyone has to be open to helping each other out if need be. This is a trait that any smart entrepreneur will look for when hiring their team. If you’re more of the type that likes to work on projects alone it’s probably not going to be a good fit.
4.) If you like having a set schedule. If you’re a super worker from 8-5 that’s amazing, but startups don’t have set schedules. There’s always the possibility for things to happen that may require attention so availability is key – this is also where that good team part comes in handy. But really if you’ve found your skill and it’s something you enjoy then it’s not really work anyway, it’s a just a fun hobby that you hope lasts forever.
5.) If you aren’t passionate. If you can’t find passion in at least one thing then don’t waste your time joining a startup. There’s a good chance you won’t gain passion for the startup if you don’t already have passion somewhere else. Even if it’s unrelated, having passion for something you enjoy means you’re willing to work hard at it. And if you’re willing to work hard at a startup, then you may just develop a passion for it too.
If you get the opportunity to join or even develop a startup then you will know what level of dedication it takes from all members to make it a success. The startup journey is much more than an experience; it’s a chance at a better future, an opportunity to turn a risk into a successful investment, a gift of knowledge, and a sequence of exciting possibilities, all merged seamlessly together.