Stepping Up to Start Up

Stepping Up to Start Up


In today’s business climate, the term “start up” is often associated with web and tech type companies designing apps or products that are then marketed online, sometimes turning unassuming twenty-somethings into multimillionaires overnight. We all know the stereotypes – a coffee-fueled entrepreneur working through the wee hours of the morning in a coffee shop or make-shift incubator space, a group of individuals collectively vibing and working together to make their vision come to life. But it’s not just the tech industry that is confined to the term startup and the enthusiasm/drive is not just confined to software coding and programming.

Before “start up” became the buzzword it is today and before these new businesses had all the appeal, it was just a man/woman, their plan and their hustle (or blood, sweat and tears if you’re not a Gen X’er or Millennial).  Whether you’re the only employee or one of a few, it takes hard work, planning and wearing multiple hats while the concept is in its infancy stages. And this wearing of multiple hats isn’t for everyone in a day where corporations of all sizes (especially the larger ones) are departmentalized and compartmentalized to a point where there is a specialist for each and every task being completed. So, before you jump on board the start up express, take the following self-assessment.

Start-Up Self Assessment (True or False)

  1. When I have to complete tasks outside of my normal responsibilities, I do so effectively.
  2. I need specific direction in order to complete tasks.
  3. I offer to help colleagues when I have completed my scheduled tasks.
  4. I can’t work without a set job description.

Sure, one hundred percent is not a required score, but in the start up world, 100% would likely read: True, False, True, False. If you answered accordingly, your personality type and work-style make you the ideal startup employee. If not, well, hopefully you’re not working for start-up.