Working for a Start-Up company can be fun! The scene reminds me of how one of my Sergeants once described his role: “…like a blank canvas where you supply the paint and brushes, but I paint the picture!”
Launching a new company can be like that. Everything is new, the plans have been made, and you get to be a part of creating a whole new company.
Most Start-Ups can be described like this:
- No standard operating procedures have been developed yet.
- You have no track record or “street cred” yet.
- The number of years you’ve been in business is too small to brag about.
- Your collective experience (i.e. the number of years the leadership has been working anywhere) supports your potential for success.
- A cool, innovative product that fits into a specific niche.
- A better way of doing things that breaks with the status quo.
- Sexy, hip, and worth paying attention to.
So, what does this mean for the Veteran looking for a new career?
Start-Ups mean OPPORTUNITY! And, I mean ground-floor opportunity for those willing to take a huge risk in many cases!
But, what specific traits do Veterans have that might fit well into a Start-Up company?
- Start-Ups take a lot of time commitment with long hours. Veterans don’t punch a clock!
- Start-Ups require a lot of risk-taking tolerance. Sounds like a Veteran can handle that!
- Start-Ups force you to deal with fear of the unknown. And all the Veterans said, “No problem!
- Start-Ups offer jobs with little pay at the beginning with potential big reward if successful.
- Start-Ups exist as relatively flat organizations – more horizontal than vertical. Your Chain of Command is reachable and not located several echelons above reality, so to speak.
I invite you to take some time and think about whether or not a Start-Up work environment is right for you. Here’s a set of links that might help you discover some potential career opportunities in a Start-Up:
Killer Startups: http://www.killerstartups.com/about/
Forbes Magazine: http://www.forbes.com/startups/
500 Startups: http://500.co/startups/
So, whether you plan to work for a Start-Up or create one, let’s hear your thoughts on this topic!