FREE Work for a Startup ebook – what you must know to get the job and succeed in it

I get great questions from readers, and they always fall into the same three categories;

  1. how to get a job with a startup,
  2. how to succeed in a job with a startup,
  3. how to know if it’s time to quit a startup.

So, I’ve taken the top five tips I give for each of these areas and put them in a free, downloadable ebook.

Work for a Startup

This sanity saving, 20-page eBook includes:

5 tips on getting a job with a startup

5 tips for keeping a job with a startup

5 ways to know if its time to quit your startup

It’s totally free to download, and totally full of useful tips and tricks.

You should check it out.

That’s totally all I have to say on the subject!




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(Tip #1 for getting the job with a startup)

Get a job with a startup imageBan the Buzz You absolutely do not want to sound too corporate in your interview. Stay away from corporate slang and the business buzzwords of the day. Being perceived as too corporate is the kiss of death in an interview with an entrepreneur. It comes down to this, most entrepreneurs loathe corporate America. Loathe is a  strong word, I know. Here are a few others that would fit in this circumstance:  hate, fear, abhor, detest, despise. See where I’m going? So even if you have the best corporate pedigree in the land, try to sound like a normal human being when you talk about business. On the same note, don’t waste your breath in the interview boasting about your shiny, new MBA. There’s a list of words I could tie to the entrepreneur’s feelings about that too. They aren’t nice. Learn more about that in Entrepreneurs Think Your Degree is Stupid. (Trust me, stupid is one of the nice words.)

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Enjoy, and good luck surviving in a startup. Let me know how it goes.


  • Kamil Ali

    Reply Reply August 1, 2011

    Congrats Kathy!

    The number 5 seems interesting, short and memorable!

    Let me download and spread the word.

    I know it’s jam-packed with great stuff as the author is Kathy!!!

    • Kathy Ver Eecke

      Reply Reply August 1, 2011

      Thanks Kamil! I appreciate your support. (And the compliment too!)


  • Keller Hawthorne

    Reply Reply August 1, 2011

    Rock on Kathy! The ebook looks great and I’m sure it will be well received. I’m so impressed with how quickly you’ve grown your blog and following!

    • Kathy Ver Eecke

      Reply Reply August 1, 2011

      Hey Keller! Thanks for checking it out! And thanks for the comment – love hearing from the entrepreneurs.


  • Corinne Edwards

    Reply Reply August 1, 2011

    Dear Kathy –

    Just read your whole book. Excellent. Glad for links on articles I must have missed early on.

    Regarding your chapter on 5 Reasons to close the Door Behind You, I was reminded of

    Samuel Goodwyn, the movie mogul famous for his oxymorons and malapropisms, once said that an oral agreement “was not worth the paper it was printed on.” …

    Good advice on getting terms in writing.

    And yet, I still believe that a contract is only as good as the people who sign it.

    I was a partner with a home builder for seven years. Never a word in writing.

    Got paid every cent.

    Guess it depends …………

    • Kathy Ver Eecke

      Reply Reply August 1, 2011

      Thanks so much for reading! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      You’re absolutely right about contracts. Even a good one will have to be defending by an attorney if someone is trying not to honor it. I’ve been down that road. It’s infuriating. And yet I’ve also worked for one entrepreneur where we forgot to fully execute the contract, but when my shares should have vested, they did. So, you’re right. It definitely depends.

      That said, I stand by tip #1 in the “close the door behind you section.” If you’re promised a contract, and one doesn’t appear after multiple attempts, run screaming from the building. You’re being taken advantage of.

      Thanks for your comment Corinne!

  • Kathy


    Just the section, “5 ways to know if its time to quit your startup” is worth the free download.

    Great stuff!


    • Kathy Ver Eecke

      Reply Reply August 2, 2011

      Thanks Andrew!

      I think I may be most passionate about that section. I’ve been in some not so great situations that I should have gotten out of waaaay sooner, and have friends who have experienced the same. If any of those 5 things are going on in a startup, you need to get out. Period. No matter how attached you may feel to the startup or the entrepreneur.

      Thanks for reading (and commenting!) Andrew.

  • Bryce Christiansen

    Reply Reply August 16, 2011

    Hi Kathy,

    First time I’ve visited your site.

    I love your bio and the experience you’ve had with start ups. You must have a bunch of amazing stories.

    You are very kind to share your wisdom with us.


    • Kathy Ver Eecke

      Reply Reply August 16, 2011

      Hey Bryce:
      Thanks so much for visiting, and for taking the time to comment. Glad you hear you’re enjoying the content.

      Yeah, I’ve had some odd work experiences. It’s funny though, I worked in such chaos for so long that I often forgot that what went on wasn’t normal. Then a friend would give me one of those “you’ve got to be kidding, right” looks and I remember. Oh, yeah, maybe that isn’t so run of the mill.

      Thanks again for reading. I’ll head over and check out your blog now. I’m sure that will also help remind me what is should be like. 🙂

  • Bob@hoog in google

    Reply Reply August 23, 2011

    The ebook looks interesting. I have subscribed and looking forward to read the ebook and get some useful tips :-). Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

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