Briefly: If you ever get the chance to work for a start-up, you should probably do it. I could see there being exceptions to that rule, but I’m two months into my job with a local marketing company that only started a few years ago and I’m loving it so far. I don’t think I’d ever realized that the things I value in my personal life–flexibility, adaptability, plenty of time to read and write, etc.–could ever be realized in my professional life. At least not without leaving Lincoln. And I think I had resigned myself to that fact–I’d plug away on my personal writing and someday it may pay off, but in the mean time, if we want to be in Lincoln, I’d have to work less-than-ideal jobs. Turns out, that wasn’t true–and I’m very grateful that it wasn’t.
Anyway, start-ups… if you get the chance to work with one, you should do it. It’s a totally different type of work and one that probably suits an extremely independent person like myself to a tee, but I think just about anyone would benefit from the experience.