Whether you’re working for a tech giant or a small startup, an affiliate, a blogger, or a dedicated eBay seller, working for an Internet Business has its advantages and its fair share of disadvantages.
One minute you can be smoothly surfing the web, the next minute throwing your computer out the window can seem like a well-reasoned response. Lilli Hender from Office Genie covers the highs and lows of working for an internet business.
When you work for a web business you’re working in an exciting, ever-changing environment:
1) The internet has been around for fewer than fifty years, it’s still in early stages so it’s home to innovation, creativity, and forward thinking.
2) It’s also innovative when it comes to its working practices. Flexible hours and the option to work from home or out of the office can prove a significant perk.
3) Online businesses are accessible internationally, making for a greater audience but also the opportunity to travel. Whether you’re in Cambridge in the UK or Cambridge in the US, increasingly people are able to work just as easily.
One of the downsides of being able to access your work at all hours and in all locations is exactly that. It can make it difficult to switch off, both literally and figuratively. While you don’t have to reply to emails you receive at ten o’clock at night, the fact you could can be a source of stress.
At the other end of the scale is slow broadband. Not only does it prevent you working efficiently, it tends to slow down precisely when you don’t want it to. Whether it’s lag during a video conference or failing to load your website, slow broadband is the primary bugbear of most internet companies.
The nightmare scenario when you run or work for an internet business is usually one of the following: your server going down or your website getting hacked. Thankfully neither happens all that often, but if it does, it can cause irreparable damage.
Just imagining the chaos at Twitter HQ when the site went down in January is enough to turn your stomach. And as for the TalkTalk hack(s), what it’s cost the company isn’t worth thinking about! Smaller companies have less to lose but relatively speaking, these events can significantly dent their finances and reputation.
Rather than dwelling on worst-case scenarios, let’s focus on the positives: internet companies can be brilliant places to work and more often than not the ugliest thing about them is the cliched casual dress code. A hoodie paired with khaki trousers isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but is fairly harmless.