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Work for the “man” vs. Work for yourself


Sean

We all have been there. The work pressures get to us. Some days the work gets so overwhelming we want to blow a gasket and do something different. Some people retire early, change jobs, start their own business, or get a corporate job. Today’s focus will be on the last two I stated. Starting a business and being in a corporate job are polar opposites. Before making the leap, think about what you are doing. Are you making the transition for the right reasons?

In Indianapolis, we have see a huge surge in corporate businesses and startups. Many options are out there for professionals to chose. The ultimate decision comes down to you. But there is information that you should know before making choice.

Work for the “man” vs. Work for yourself
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Working for the “man”
If you work for a corporation, you are have comforts like a 401k, a consistent and stable income, and a possible gym membership. More often than not, you will probably get paid much better initially. Many professionals have the presumption corporate america is easier than owning or running a startup. This statement is not true… at all. I have seen some Indy professionals run a startup and move into a corporate role. I have noticed they are still extremely busy. I know Kyle Lacy, Senior Manager, Content Marketing and Research for ExactTarget, a Salesforce company, states corporate jobs are a different kind of hard. Lacy goes on to explain money wasn’t usually the real issue. Some issues are not surrounding yourself with right people, lack of time management, and under delivering when you over promised. Money is a byproduct to success but does not drive success. Lacy’s three issues are what can make or break a person’s success.

Be in good company
Indianapolis has a lot of different industries and networking groups. On the flip side, Matt Anderson, founder of Adproval, an Indy base blog ad space startup, found what the different kind of hard is on the startup side. Anderson points out trying to succeed by yourself is difficult. You only have one person to bounce ideas off. And that is you. So, Anderson found a way to succeed. He intentionally engaged peers and advisors.

Networking builds people
So, Lacy and Anderson saw money was not the issue when growing a startup or working at a corporation. The real issue was not forming a strong network to help you. Scott Hill, co-founder of PERQ, a Indy based an incentivized marketing company, found he was in survival mode with his previous company CIK Enterprises. Since getting involved with Verge, an Indy based startup networking group, Hill found advocates that helped build a think tank. Since then, PERQ has flourished.

If you get anything from this, money helps alleviate burdens. Most of the time, money is not the issue. In the few cases above, a lack of strong network was the issue. No one can succeed by themselves. You might see a successful person with a new book release, stellar athletic or movie performance, or can just create successful companies. Someone or some people helped each successful person get to where they are. In the Indy community, you just have to stick with networking and build relationships.

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About the Blogger: Sean Sullivan (@seansullivan110) is host at Converge Coffee. When he is not podcasting, you can find Sean at networking events, cultural events, and coffee shops quoting too many movies.

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