Never have I ever been one of those diehard corporate types. You know, keeping track of a 9-to-5 schedule, standing in the elevator with another ten people wearing the same outfit to then just sit behind a cubicle, staring blankly at a screen, typing the same shit I wrote yesterday.
Ever since I can remember, I knew I just wasn’t cut out for that kind of lifestyle, you know, the dull corporate culture, because of plenty of reasons. First of all, I have a problem with bureaucracy and narrow-mindedness, two things that are givens in the whole office setting. I just find it soo difficult to have someone constantly over my head, dictating how, what and when to do things – it’s like a match made in hell.
Nevertheless, I took the courage to make the leap of faith and worked within the corporate sector, only to bounce back about six months later. Now I’m not saying that the corporate division is the source of all evil (even though it might sound like it), some people love the consistency and stability a corporate life has to offer – some don’t. But having tasted the entrepreneurial life and the sheer excitements that comes with it, I would never return back to a corporate position, as the startup-culture is so much more interesting, crazy comfortable and the snacks are just heaven!
Don’t believe me? Here are 5 irreplaceable aspects of startups that simply blow the corporate world out of the water!
1. Every day differs from the next
When running or working with a startup, every day is different, presenting you with a bunch of unalike happenings and occurrences. Your trajectory is completely indefinite and every day is exactly the way it should be – different! Rarely do you find yourself doing the same task you did yesterday in a square gloomy cubicle taking orders from your “superior.”
Welcome to entrepreneurship! Balling ideas and concepts is fortified, especially when confronting a situation you haven’t dealt with before. You’re almost frequently pushing yourself to take on challenges, finding creative ways to solve a problem, adapting to find better ways to boost both your career and the entity, something the corporate world would never allow you to do.
2. A dress code is non-existent
Honestly, I am so happy I don’t have to throw on a suit five times a week and quite frankly, I think women are crazy happy not having to spend more money on their formal wardrobe. People don’t stare if you’re wearing a pair of jeans, you’re not judged by the color of your skirt and you sure as hell won’t be looked down upon if you’re not wearing a suit and tie. As a matter of fact, it’s okay and even encouraged to wear whatever you want while “at the office” as it reflects on your character and portrays your individualities. That’s one of the major perks about the startup environment; you can be comfortable and still show results, because they know that “looks” don’t reflect on your ability to perform.
3. It’s okay to be politically incorrect
When at a startup, you’re surrounded and working with a bunch of creative and outspoken individuals that just don’t give a damn. I mean it’s not like they got to where they are today by following and abiding to rules set by their “superiors.” Speaking your mind and sticking to your beliefs is what innovates the next big thing, and is therefore encouraged. So it doesn’t matter if you’re nerdy, weird, outspoken – you’ll find your right place in the team.
4. You’re not strained to a one single job
When applying for the corporate sector you’re only evaluated and valued based on what’s on paper, that’s it, everything else – worthless. At a startup though, you’re so much more valued in terms of capability of contributing to several sectors within the company.
Being an all-rounded guy might sound bad, considering you’re all over the place, but the fact of the matter is that knowledge of different subject matters only means that you’re more accessible and adaptable, diversifying your skills and being able to pitch-in wherever support is needed, raising the odds for innovation and development.
5. Your boss understands and appreciates what you do
When it comes to the corporate life, you’re just one in the crowd – just another black suit, so that personal level of appreciation doesn’t really exist, because the only thing that proves that you’ve done your job is that little corporate paycheck you land by the end of every month – it sucks!
At a startup they know who you are, where you come from and what you’re capable of achieving. Your interactions with the top-dogs are so much more intensive, giving your “superiors” an insight on your character, allowing them to personally praise and applaud you and motivating you to reach higher grounds. Your boss is able to relate to certain circumstances, not wanting to antagonize you or mess with you, but to guide you and work with you, as opposed to against you.
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