6 Common Myths About Being a Startup Employee
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

When one thinks of startups, they often think of the cool, fun places to work filled with opportunities to grow, spread your wings and get your feet wet in a variety of duties.

Maybe in that vision is a beer keg, flex hours, monthly parties and an open-door policy with your boss who wears jeans and sneakers to work every day.

But that might just be the fantasy view of working at a startup. There are also challenges, limitations and other things to consider. Writer Annie Favreau details six common myths about working for that new up-and-coming business:

1. You must be a technical genius.

2. You have to work 80 hours a week, never sleep and stress constantly.

3. Startup life is glamorous.

4. Startup jobs are totally chaotic and unstructured.

5. You have to live in Silicon Valley to work at a startup.

6. Startup jobs are risky.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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