Take our (supremely unscientific) quiz and see if you’ve got what it takes to work for a startup or if your corporate is more your comfort zone.
The conversations started like this: “Kathy, do we need a high-sheer agitation vortex to get the carboxymethyl cellulose into the master batch?”
You talkin’ to me?
I was asked that question by a vendor during my first week with a startup beverage company. Not only did I not know the answer, I didn’t know half the words in the sentence.
Was I supposed to know what a high-sheer vortex was? More importantly, was I really the right person to ask?
Turns out, the answer was yes, and yes. I was working in a startup; not only was I the right person, I was the only person.
Although some entrepreneurs will hire experts in each primary area of the business, most tend to run a lean ship in the startup years. Cash is king, and payroll is the enemy. So most entrepreneurs believe fewer employees, doing more work, leads to a healthier bottom line.
In most cases they’re right. But what about your bottom line?
Do These Hats Make Me Look Fat?
For some, the stress of diving into the unknown will be too much. For these employees the idea of working outside their area of expertise will make them uncomfortable.
These employees should not work in a startup.
For others, the idea of being involved in all areas of the business will be exhilarating. These employees will revel in the fact that each day they directly affect the business.
These are the ideal entrepreneurial employees.
Are you an ideal candidate to work for a startup?
Take our (supremely unscientific) quiz and see if you can juggle a job with a startup.
Working for Wonka? Know this: Although you may be an expert in your field, if you’re working for a startup you can bet that you’ll be plowing the neighbor’s field too. Start shopping now for a hat with feathers. You’ll be winging it a lot.
Have you had to work outside your comfort zone in a startup? What was your carboxymethyl cellulose moment?