The good, the bad and the ugly - working for a start-up

Updated: Apr 29

Let me start by saying, working for a start-up isn't for everyone - and that's just fine.

Around 660,000 new businesses are registered in the UK each year but around 60% of those will fail within 3 years. So it's fair to say that joining a start-up comes with higher risks.

However, there is a lot to be learned at start-ups, and some people thrive in the sink or swim mentality often found in new companies. Out of these high stress environments, comes great innovation and creativity. Can you imagine working somewhere that encourages you to think and challenge the status quo and where you have direct working access with the founder /s.

One of the major downsides that is often cited by those working in these agile environments, is the work life balance. Do expect to work long hours to start with as you are contributing to a product or service that is being brought to life. It isn't the 9 to 5 culture that you find in larger established businesses, not just yet. The success of the company is largely dependent upon people pulling together in these early stages and you do need to take this in to consideration when weighing up your options.

However, you just need to look at some of the highly successful businesses out there that all started out with a founder, a designer and a builder. To be able to bring someone's ideas to life is one of the reasons that many of our candidates choose to accept these type of opportunities. We have also been able to put outstanding tech candidates in touch with founders who are making a real difference to the world whether that be agricultural, biotech, clean energy etc. There is a real shift towards people wanting to be a part of something that truly makes a difference.

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