Start-up or cor­po­rate?

Finweek English Edition - - INSIDE - BY CO­LETTE SYMANOWITZ

My for­mer boss Ka­belo ran his own busi­ness be­fore mov­ing into the cor­po­rate world. So he had a valu­able per­spec­tive on both the cor­po­rate and the en­tre­pre­neur­ial ‘ be-your-own-boss’ en­vi­ron­ment. At that time I had only ever worked for a large com­pany. One day in the car park we were both ad­mir­ing a sleek red As­ton Martin con­vert­ible. Ka­belo roused my in­ter­est in the start-up world when he said, “Want to own that car? You won’t do it work­ing here. But you might if you start your own com­pany be­cause you’ll write your own pay cheque. Think about it.” Of course he hadn’t quite cracked it him­self, but his words made a lot of sense.

We un­pack the pros and cons of work­ing in a start-up ver­sus a cor­po­rate. Hope­fully this will help you de­cide whether you should work for some­one else or start your own busi­ness.

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