Throw Off The Bowlines, Sail Away From The Safe Harbour, Catch The Trade Winds In Your Sails… And Join A Startup
You would be hard-pressed to find a young traveller who has not heard of Airbnb, the peer-to-peer based network that allows people to list or rent short-term accommodations in residential properties.
Few people know how the massively popular website came to be, for its beginnings were anything but rosy. In fact, did you know that the four startup founders had to secure their initial cash flow by selling cereal that was themed for the 2008 US Presidential election between Barack Obama and John McCain?
How crazy is that!
[tweet_dis_img][/tweet_dis_img] While the Obama O’s cereal was an absolute hit, the Cap’n McCains was not so popular among the customers. So the Airbnb founders’ subsisted on a diet of mostly McCain-themed cereal for months in order to stay alive and within their budget.
A couple of months and many bowls of cereal later, Airbnb took the world by the storm.
Embracing The Startup Madness
The world of startups is often brimming with such astonishing stories and ludicrous anecdotes. But have you ever been tempted to join a startup yourself?
It is definitely worth a thought because even though 50% of all new businesses fail within five years, the other half makes it, and some of them make it big.
[tweet_dis_img][/tweet_dis_img] What’s more, you’re more likely to succeed if you’ve failed than if you’ve never tried, writes Tom Koulopoulos for Inc.com. Koulopoulos points out that founders who have failed at a prior business have a 20% chance of succeeding versus an 18% chance of success for first-time entrepreneurs.
So we say, take a risk and join a startup if you dare because there has never been a better time to do it.
If you need a little more convincing then here are a few more reasons why you should quit your job and join a startup.
1. You’re Surrounded By True Innovative Souls
Innovators and creators are naturally driven to challenging, dynamic environments that startups provide.
[tweet_dis_img][/tweet_dis_img] In a world where everything seems to already been invented, it is not easy to come up with a novelty of value, but this is also where the reward is the highest. “An invention that is quickly accepted will turn out to be a rather trivial alteration of something that has already existed.” -Edwin Land, Polaroid
2. Your Role Is Likely To Be Varied And Multifaceted
Many startup owners and employees agree that no day at work is the same. You can be guaranteed that when you join a startup you’ll never be bored. Given the often restricted resources, you’ll often be forced to wear more than one professional hat.
What better way to grow, learn, and develop your career.
3. The Workload Is Going To Be High But Rarely Boring
As Lauren Delin of Rocket Lawyer explains, “When you’re working at a startup, you’re contributing directly to the creation and growth of the business, so you never feel “stuck” in a particular role or responsibility. Instead, you’re paving the way towards a fulfilling career.”
When you join a startup, you equip yourself with skills that will last a lifetime.
4. You’ll Be Forced To Think Outside The Box
Startups are at the forefront of their respective industries, paving the way to commercial success and working on solutions for emerging problems and needs. Old rules of thinking do not apply. As a matter of fact, no rules apply.
5. Diverse Range Of Opportunities
Besides the opportunity to combine your passions and interests and make a living out of it, startups will expose you to a great network of likeminded people open to new ideas and concepts from all kinds of sectors and industries.
[tweet_dis_img][/tweet_dis_img] One the main reasons why is the diversity of people involved in a startup plus the many networking opportunities.
6. You Will Have To Start From Square One
When getting the wheels of a startup in motion, you are forced to develop the workflows that best fit your company’s mission and credo – and tweak them as you go. It’s a windy path, but completely worth it.
7. Two Words: Startup Culture
No suit, no tie, plenty of cool company events. Plus, you get to be surrounded by a bunch of amazing people that happen to be your co-workers.
Do you need any more reasons to join a startup?
Then read this article by the Young Entrepreneurs Council for Forbes and we’re sure you’ll be inspired to quit your job!
Are You Now Ready To Quit Your Job And Join A Startup?
We’re sure that you’re now full of motivation to quit your job and join a startup after reading this post.
We say go for it!
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