Startups can be a tough work environment, and sometimes the work isn’t always stable. Things change quickly in emerging markets and job security may be a luxury you don’t have at a startup. If security isn’t something you get, then what is? Working at a startup can reap significant benefits, just ask early Facebook and Microsoft employees. Other than monetary compensation, working at a startup can be an invaluable learning experience. In fact, he wicked fast work pace and cutting edge thinkers at startups can be enough for many people to hop on board.
With such a tough working environment, how can you stand out? Here are some tips to utilize if you’re just diving into the startup world or you’ve been submerged for a while.
Mark Zuckerberg said, “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.” What can we learn from the CEO of a global powerhouse like Facebook? Well for starters, risk is something every successful employee, business, and startup has experienced. Risk is supposed to be there; without the risk, where’s the reward?
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk.” (source)
Taking risks doesn’t mean diving into a shallow pool with no intention of pulling up before smacking your head on the bottom. Taking risks is about calculating your loss and reward, then making a decision based on the hope that your choice brings benefits in the short or long term.
As an employee at a startup you should be pushing for innovation. Stagnation isn’t raising the bottom line, and neither is you adhering to what you’ve always known. Less than a few years ago, Facebook didn’t have news feeds using the Edgerank algorithm. Users had a feed of posts similar to Instagram’s current feed based on the time posted. When they made the switch many users were outraged, demanding they returned to the traditional news feed. Now, most can’t recall that it ever used to be that way.
Commercial drone businesses are pushing forward, looking for ways to innovate in a hot tech startup industry. Recently products like the Lily have taken the industry by storm. A product that follows you around filming your every action didn’t magically happen, it came from a group of engineers looking to turn the game upside down.
In addition to creating innovative products, to make it as a successful startup, you will also need to have a website and marketing campaign that grabs the interest of your audience. Lily does a perfect job with this on their site by using an interactive design and showing illustrations and animations of how their products work.
Think One Step Ahead
Do you want that job your boss has? The only way to get it is by earning it. Think about your boss’s skills and how you can make yourself even more valuable in the long run than them. If your boss doesn’t understand HTML and it’s slowing the business down, learn HTML on your own time and solve the next problem without anyone telling you to. Thinking one step ahead of your competition will land you the spot you’ve been wanting.
Learning how to do anything better is not easier than ever before. Through online and video based training classes available through sites like Udemy.com, you can learn from experts around the world on how to do virtually anything — while also only having to pay a fraction of a cost of what individual coaching might cost. During promotion periods, you can gain access to such courses for usually under $100.
The concept of teaching online and through sites like Udemy has been so successful, that I even recently launched a course of my own on how to make money with a blog in 30-days. No matter if it’s through online teaching, product promotion or getting attention for your startup, it’s all about giving your audience what they want and doing it in a fun and exciting way!
Being indispensable means being independent. When you can solve problems and think on your feet, without the help of your peers, you’ll find that your value to the company increases. Be resourceful and utilize the world around you. Source Reddit for people in your industry and connect with like-minded individuals in Meetup groups.
The deeper you dig your roots, the harder they’ll have to pull at their teeth to get rid of you. Making yourself indispensable isn’t simply about having skills – there are people out there that have similar skills. Making yourself indispensable is about relationships and problem solving, and the two go hand-in-hand.
Startups can be cutthroat to work at, but they can also be highly rewarding. If you’re already at one, you know things can be a bit whacky, but it’s almost always worth it. Keep your head up, push forward, take risks, think ahead, and become an indispensable asset to the business.