Don’t start a company before getting a job

Have you heard of the classic – “Don’t get a job. Start a business and become an entrepreneur?”

The problem with this attitude is that it’s missing the value thats exchanged from watching, observing, and working within an existing profitable business.

For example, there are things we should model and things entrepreneurs should create.

What does this mean?

Okay, okay… in business there are so many things that are standard across the board.

How to conduct a meeting, how to manage cashflow, how to build rapport with a customer…

Many things can be learned at a first job. And second job. Etc.

Not every company is started from a 20-something year old in his garage despite what the movies say.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of some things I’ve learned from working for others:

  1. How to conduct an interview
  2. How to sell a product
  3. How to dress for the occasion
  4. How to host a meeting
  5. How to manage others
  6. How to empower employees
  7. What softwares to use for certain business related activities like payroll, CRMs, videoconferencing,
  8. What it looks like to send professional emails

And on and on…

Most entrepreneurs of the world will tell you to start your own business right away, but I think there’s a lot of value from learning on someone else’s dollar.

But you can tell me I’m wrong. As always, I want to hear your perspective. Post in the comments below!

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