5 Reasons to Consider Working for a Small Business

By Robert Half on May 4, 2023 at 7:35pm

You’re ready to find a new job and excited about the prospect of working for a new company. You’ve done your homework on top employers and read about the perks that bigger companies are touting. You’re thinking, “big pay, big bonuses, big opportunity.” But are you missing the big picture when you leave small businesses out of your job search?

Here are five benefits of working for a small company:

1. Direct access to decision-makers

Small businesses have fewer layers of management. When you’re working for a small business, you may find it easier to get the ear of the CEO. Your boss may even be the business owner.

Greater visibility in a small business environment allows you to learn firsthand from the experience of others and showcase your abilities directly to leadership. You can build valuable relationships and job skills that will help you throughout your career.

2. Workplace flexibility

Small companies also may have more flexibility when it comes to considering alternative work arrangements, such as working from home and innovative scheduling. They may implement hybrid business models and add contract professionals to their teams to keep up with the rapidly changing workplace.

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3. Chances to move up

It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle at a large company. You can’t always make a big impact, and your individual efforts can easily be overlooked or overshadowed. Working your way up the ranks may also take longer than you would like.

If you like making a direct impact, working for a small business, whether a family-owned firm or a new startup, can allow you to take on more responsibility. It’s also more likely your hard work will get noticed, too.

4. Self-discovery

Working for a small business often means it’s “all hands on deck.” The upside of that environment is you may get to try something completely new and, in the process, learn something unexpected about yourself.

You might find that you really love interacting with clients directly, for example. Or you might discover that you are happiest managing the financial side of the business or taking on the role of social media ambassador. What better way to identify your strengths and talents and discover what you enjoy and do best than by working for a small business?

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5. Less red tape

Have an idea and want to implement it fast? You might have to push it through many channels and levels at a large company to bring it to reality. Smaller firms typically have less red tape and protocols to wade through when it comes to innovation. This often means projects are completed more quickly and with less frustration. You likely won’t need to seek approval at every step, and you’ll gain some fantastic insight and hands-on experience along the way.

Another key benefit of working for a small company

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? If you’re working for a small business, you may have a better chance of getting to know your manager. And maybe that manager will become a mentor who will play an essential role in your future growth.

So, as you look to launch a new job search, consider widening your focus beyond the larger organizations. Your next big break could be working at a small company.

Robert Half works with small businesses across the country. Our recruiters can work with you to help you find the right opportunity with the right company. Submit your resume to start your search.

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