The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, to give sb a start

I'd like to know the meaning of " to give somebody a start" in the following excerpt from the second chapter of The Great Gatsby. Does it mean "to give sb a leg up" or "to give sb a chance" or something else?

“I’d like to do more work on Long Island if I could get the entry. All I ask is that they should give me a start.”

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That would be give him a chance to get going.