7 Smart Qualities of an Awesome Startup Employee
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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It’s quite a different experience working for a large, established company in comparison to a small, promising startup. The business culture has its unique aspects and oftentimes, you may not initially have the same perks as someone who works in Corporate America. Being prepared and knowing whether a startup environment is for you is a must.

Inc. contributor Jeff Haden details a few key qualities of a startup employee that leads to a successful match for both the worker and the newbie company. These include the ability to work through issues such as lack of staff support or fancy decor; the fearlessness to act on solving problems versus drawn-out strategizing; and the drive to perform not based on title or tenure, but actual qualitative results.

Many of these qualities are similar to those entrepreneurs embody, almost making the best employees at a startup an entrepreneurial-minded person themselves.

“What matters–or is valued–in a corporate environment can be a productivity and culture killer in a small business,” Haden adds.

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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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