You can find a myriad of hashtags across various social media platform specific to startups and the culture around working for one.
You can even say that startup jobs are all the rage.
But often times it’s hard to figure out what it’s really like working in an organization that’s built from the ground up. The countless articles and lists of pros and cons all over the internet certainly send some mixed messages.
Thus, the startup life has taken on somewhat of a mystical and mythical persona.
Though it’s true that every career path and start to a new job is unique, there are some valid similarities for anyone starting out their first 30 days working for a tech startup.
Be sure to take this week-to-week breakdown with a grain or two of salt. It’s a compilation of experiences across a few tech startups, and all contributors shall remain anonymous.
After all, one must balance the humor and reality of it all…
This 30-day take is part-reality and part-joke. Employees and founders alike can attest to this.
The startup life isn’t for everyone, and it’s a sink or swim culture whether or not anyone admits it. So you should weigh your options when job hunting.
1. If you don’t want to work outside of the 9-to-5, then you shouldn’t seek work in startups.
2. If you can’t juggle juggling, and then juggle some more, then don’t even think about working for a startup company.
3. If you need hand-holding by way of a mentor or a manual then you’d best end your startup job search now.
4. If an impending onslaught of new apps and software platforms makes you anxious and insecure, then working at a tech startup is probably a bad idea to begin with.
5. If the thought of complete autonomy at work brings on a panic attack, then steer clear of roles in startups.
6. If you need a black and white separation of personal and professional life then working for a very small company such as a SaaS startup, or any startup for that matter is not for you.
7. If you need to be told to meet your goals then you’ve already failed.
Written by: Jun Song
Director of Communications at storychief.io
Former Wall Streeter | Former Restaurateur | Winner of Big Brother 4 U.S. | Creative writer at heart, using all the words she knows to communicate the value of Story Chief as the content marketing SaaS everyone should have in their lives.