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: