When you leave business school or university you’re probably thinking “Time to enter the real world”
Well let me tell you, I’ve got friends working in the ‘real world’ and they loathe it, worked like a machine shitting out Ford T models back in the day. Automatons add fuel to the Shareholders fire. But of course that’s absolutely fine when you drive a Beemer, wear a rolex, rock up in a fancy tie and don a designer brolly for the “Ahhh typical British weather days”
There is another option though, an option where you are not treating like a bit of WD40, used to oil the monolithic corporate machine. This option is working for start-ups.
It doesn’t feel right, it feel likes the wrong option, I’m a beer drinker, Foster’s my tipple, choosing the start-up route is like me ordering a Summer Berry Cider on Bonfire Night. It feels weird. Odd. Unnatural.
This is compounded by the Humphrey and Hugo’s of University… who’s Daddy has got them in contact with a “Heddgie”, their bedrooms are shrine to the Wolf of Wall Street, a boner arises as soon as they see the FOREX market.
I mean seriously I actually delivered Cheese at my old job…. into Deloitte, some bloke my age, came swanning down with his key pass. If it had been Halloween, I’d of known who he’d gone as Leo DiCaps (or in his eyes “THE WOLF”)
However, what Humphrey and Hugo fail to realise is they are NOT a Wolf, Shark, Dog or Don. They are number, a bar code, an employee. 123,763 employee in corporation X, Y or Z. Almost like a tin of Baked Beans on the Sainsbury shelf… they are a product (their time) to be sold (value they create) , to make money for a large corporation.
Now I wanted to write this article for students who want to be entrepreneurs, are obsessed with entrepreneurship. However, feel peer pressured by Hugo and Humphrey are peer pressured by the marketing tactics of large corporations and feel worried that they aren’t “going to the careers event mate”.
If you’re thinking about being an entrepreneur one day… here’s why you MUST work for a start up when you leave University.
1. The Averages Rule:
They say you’re the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with – Jim Rohn.
When you work for a start up, you’ll be surrounded by highly ambitious, motivated, big thinking people.
This type of thinking, like osmosis will filter into that noggin of yours and you’ll start thinking bigger… well at least this happened to me…
When I worked at the peanut butter start up Manilife, my boss Stu was thinking VERY BIG. His plans to take on the peanut butter market (which Humphrey and Hugo would argue “Bro, that market is saturated… what is this tomfoolery?” and was completely determined, resilient and passionate about making his dream come true.
This 100000000% rubbed off on me… just surrounding myself with people that think bigger than I do, it elevated my thinking. I’ve now launched The Start Up Hunter, I wouldn’t have even thought of the idea, let alone executed on it… if it hadn’t been for Stu passing down his wisdom.
2. You learn about setting up a business
When I was sat in the lecture halls of rainy grey Manchester, I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but it often felt like “Fucking Hell, where do I begin, sounds like a blag”
Business Schools that teach entrepreneurship don’t actually help us. They put on the slide pictures of Branson, Jobs and Musk getting their horn on over it.
“Oooooooooo, aahhhhhhhhh, look at that I PHONE 7. Who’s your daddy…? Who’s your daddy?”
*JIZZ stained trousers as they flick on to the next slide *
Not all of us want to be the next Branson, Jobs or Musk. We just want to have a business that makes good money and is built on the foundations of something we utterly love and care about.
Anyway… Working for Manilife I was able to get a deeper understanding an insight on how Stu set up Manlike… the action steps that are required. Essentially working for a start up gives you a sense of clarity on HOW TO ACTUALLY DO IT YOURSELF? This reduces the risk of going completely balls deep post University, give yourself a year to learn, grow and develop ideas. Then pack your bags and your off.
3. You learn from their mistakes
Entrepreneurs live by a motto of fail, learn and do it better next time. You can learn from their mistakes without any of your personal money/stress getting thrown down the toilet. The more times the start up you work for messes up or makes mistakes, the more you learn to not make those mistakes when you start up your own venture.
Meanwhile Humphrey and Hugo will be debating their biggest mistake: “Huggie Bro….Rooooookie Error mate HAHAHAHA, you ordered a Tuna Sarnie from Pret Bro.
You get my point.
4. You do scarier SHIT
Sitting behind a desk rubbing yourself up over the Stock Exchange… may be soft porn for those fascinated by numbers, but is it that SCARY? No.
The more scary things you do, the more “AHH FUCK THIS MOMENTS” you encounter… the more you grow as a person. As I’m writing this I’ve got a big meeting for the Juice Start up I work for today, I have to present my idea and concept… this is pretty scary. I am nervous. But I know in the long term, the more of these little scary tasks I do the more I grow and the less scary it becomes in the long term.
If you work for a start-up straight outta University, you’ll get started with the scary shit before anyone else. When its your turn to show up, go it alone… you’ll be like A duck (covered in Vaseline) to water.
Setting up a business is scary… working for a start up you get used to dealing with fear every day.
5. Ability to think of your own ideas
When working for a start up, you become a Creative whore working under a Creative pimp in a Creative brothel. By merely showing up and doing the “night shift” you surround yourself with creative people. In turn you become more creative.
If you want to be an entrepreneur one day… you need to be a creative little Mo Fo. You need creative solutions to solve problems very quickly.
So work for a start up- get you creative high heels on, slap on your creative red lipstick and GOOOOOO GETTTT EM HUNNIES.
6. You make the right type of contacts…
The fact you “need contacts” is a myth. You got contacts… at business school we talk about “contacts” like its Pokemon.
Contacts are meaningless. They’re like the shitty Pokemon, the ones you shove under you’re bed. You need the RIGHT contacts… the Pokemon card whose you baby, you A-STAR killer.
I could go down the local corner shop… speak to the bloke everyday, buy copious amounts of KitKats, Rollies and Diet Cokes, build unreal rapport. But is he going to HELP ME BUILD MY BUSINESS. No.
You need the RIGHT TYPE of contacts to build your own business. Working for a start-up provides this…
You’re a foodie who makes the most ludicrously tasty duck burgers, with a crisp and fresh slaw, in a soft brioche bun, covered in heaps of Siracha and Mayo. You must work for a business that falls in line with these passions… so you meet the right type of contacts.
Imagine going to work for a sports nutrition company… if your trying to sell Burgers down the line, a contact is NOT someone who prey’s to his NutriBullet.
So by picking the right start up… you meet the right contacts… that will help you build your business that falls in line with WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.
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