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chiki_monya   , 33

from New York


6 Things You Should Always Have with You When Working at a Start-Up

Working for a start-up may seem super exciting to an outsider, however the reality is less rosy than the dreams of free lunches and riding hoverboards in the office. The reality involves a lot of hard work for less pay, in hopes of reaping handsome rewards in the future.

Often young people working at start-ups, especially software developers, stay overnight in the office to finish their work. We’ve compiled a list of things every start-up employee needs to service those overnight stays in comfort.


  1. A sweatshirt/hoodie. If you work in the colder parts of the US, you may know that some buildings lower office temperatures at night to save on their electricity bills. If you aren’t lucky to be start-uping in California, you should make sure you always have a spare fleece sweatshirt with you, or even better a hoodie. Even if you are in California, a hoodie will always save you in time hen the office air conditioner battles get out of control.
  2. Slippers. Wearing shoes in the office for prolonged periods of time is unhealthy.You’ve got to letsome blood flow in those feet.Wearing no shoes at all poses some hygiene issues.And in the winter your feet might also get frozen. Why not indulge yourself and get a pair of softy fleecy slippers? Yes, you might get some stares from your co-workers, but at least you’re warm and comfy, right?
  3. Headphones. If you spend significant amounts of time concentrating in front of a computer screen, you may find it beneficial to put on a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Of course, sometimes you need to be friendly and chitchat with your lovely coworkers. But sometimes, you’ve got to concentrate on a task, and make sure the work gets done quickly. For those time you need to select the most appropriate headphones. Also, then you just don’t feel like being social, a pair od headphones on your head, screams “Hey, leave me alone”.
  4. Snacks. If you don’t bring your cooked food with you to work, you should at least consider keeping some snacks around. It you ask me, I keep 1 to 10 non-perishable items of food in my drawer. It includes tuna fish and protein bars (you can tell I work you, lol). If there is a natural disaster occurring in my city, I will be able to survive it just on the snack bars alone.
  5. Deodorant. Hey, I’m sure you took a shower this morning. You’re an adult, I’m not going to check your underarms. But what if you need to pull off an all-nighter? You’ve got to make sure you don’t stink up the place, right? So, have at least one deodorant ready in your drawer.  
  6. T-shirt. I’m not saying you must bring all your wardrobe to the office. All I’m saying is it might be nice, if you must stay in the office overnight, to return home in a fresh stink free t-shit the next day. You can also wear the shirt in the gym, in you forget your change clothing one day. Besides, having a funny shirt around may always light up your mood, if you are down.

Hopefully these suggestions help. Let me know if you think I’ve missed something!