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The pros and cons of working for an internet startup

Have you ever considered working at a European startup, but are not sure what the risks and benefits could be? For potential startup employees, there are numerous disadvantages that come with such a dynamic working environment, but also many advantages that are not available in the corporate world. Let’s have a look at what it involves!

First of all, working for an internet startup means a higher risk for you as an employee compared to working for an established company. The startup you work for could easily fail, which would mean that you would loose your job. Another negative is the fact that you might receive a lower salary working for a startup compared to a big company. Thirdly, you might have a bad work-life-balance, potentially having to work harder and longer to help keep the ship afloat. Last but not least, working for an internet startup means you are still employed by a company (although a startup company) and it’s not your own business. That said, these cons could easily be true for an employee of a larger corporate!

But let’s look at the positive things now. We’ll list them with bullet points, as there are so many:

  • You get the chance to have ‘bigger’ responsibility right from the start
  • There could be some equity (or stock options) available, and some day maybe a big payday
  • You get the chance to be in the winning team of the ‘next big thing’
  • There’s the opportunity to learn more (about business, company building, etc.) in a shorter time; startup environments are somehow like crash courses in business and life
  • After working for a startup, you’ll get the chance to apply your knowledge to your own startup
  • Working for an internet startup is, most of the time, more exciting and dynamic than working for an established company

You see that the pros far outweigh the cons, especially if you are a young graduate looking to get some intense work experience in a short space of time, or would like to eventually startup your own venture in the future. What do you think?

Looking for a new role? Make sure to check out the EU-Startups Job Board, where you can find exciting new opportunities at European startups! 

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Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).

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