In any job you would hope that you learn something new, even more so in a start up as there is always too much work and too few people to do it. Working on a multitude of areas in a start up means you learn a lot. Here are some tips to help progress you even quicker.
- If you don’t know it, Google it: A personal favourite. It’s true when they say that almost everything can be found on the internet these days. Working in a corporate firm, when you don’t know something you probably asks your designated manager/training manager. This doesn’t happen in a start-up; people’s time and resources are limited. This means taking the initiative to figure things out yourself and no more going to your manager saying: ‘I don’t know’
- If you can’t Google it, ask someone who knows. Usually not your boss or manager as they were probably the ones who asked you to figure it out. When you do find a person who knows the answer, keep your questions concise, their time is limited and they probably wont have 2-3 hours to explain. Ask for the basics/foundations and figure the rest out yourself. Alternatively search for an expert who can teach you the skill (Monkfeet, Skillshare, Youtube)
- It’s a small world, keep your connections close and don’t burn bridges. You would be surprised how close and connected the start up scene in London is. Contrary to belief it’s not the ‘other world’ that people assume is hard to reach. There’s a common saying that you are connected to someone in less than 5 connections, even lower in the start up world. Keep this in mind and if you do have a bad experience/partnership/relationship with someone, try to leave things on good terms.
- Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate, when teams/companies/people collaborate, the benefits can be huge. It’s important to remember that all parties involved have to bring something to the table and collaboration is not about one company giving their resources for another to benefit from without giving anything in return.
- Not everyone collaborates: It would be lovely if everyone collaborated. All start-ups have their own problems and matching resources and skills can give that extra boost that all start ups need. Not every start up has the attitude of connecting and meeting who is out there. Lot’s of people are in it for themselves so don’t be disheartened if someone doesn’t connect with you or agree to your proposed partnership.
- Try and if you didn’t try hard enough, try harder. Gone are the days of not being able to do something. Start-ups are all about finding solutions to things in the easiest/cost effective ways. If you have the attitude that you need money, special resources and connections to get things done then you’re in the wrong place. Don’t stop at the first hurdle, if you can’t get something done, try again or try in a different way. There is no wrong or right way to getting something done, it’s the outcome that matters making strategies an iterative process. Conclusion: Just keep trying