- Everything is bound to change. This is something you should be comfortable with. Some people find this aspect extremely frustrating as they need to be acclimated when working somewhere new.
- Prepare to work like you never have done before. You can expect to work 10 -12 hours, on a variety of tasks. While you have a job title, you can look forward to tasks that are not related to your job spec at all. It's all hands on deck. The employees who complain 'I'm not responsible for that' tend not to have the right mentality for working in a startup.
- Prepare for the mentors. If your startup is doing well, management at some point may bring in a seasoned industrial veteran. Some workers may see this as a threat instead of an opportunity. If you do not mix well, or do not take instructions well, then I would work for yourself.
- Risk. Startups bust the majority of the time. You need to ensure you're aware of all the factors: profits, customer feedback, potential investment. If you things are going downhill you can not afford to be blindsided.
- Your CEO's business, your CEO's discretion. If your startup doesn't offer health insurance, bonuses, or any perks - get used to it. If the company is not turning a profit, then be prepared for bootstrapping. It is your boss's call if he/she wants to take you out for dinner or lunch on a given day. When these disappear, it is often because more practical bonuses are on their way to your wallet.
Considerations When Joining a Startup
- Will the founders get along when the going gets tough?
- Will you get along with the team?
- What's the history of the basic idea? What other ideas were assessed and discarded?
- How much cash is there, where did it come from, and how long will it last?
- What are the founders looking to get from the effort?
- What will the startup do for you?
Who Do Startups Look For in a Candidate?
- Actors, not deliberators.
- Willingness to learn, passion to develop.
- Entrepreneurial spirit.
- They care about the startup's customer.
- Individuals who didn't get where they are because of an 'old boys network.'
- They care about the startup's colleagues.
- They subconsciously focus on the business's goals and mission.
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