Why You Should Think About Working for a Small Business

By Robert Half on November 25, 2014 at 8:00am

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

Sure, big companies have a lot to offer, but small firms can offer many appealing benefits that you may not have considered. In fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses have added 8 million new jobs since 1990. So when it comes time to find a job, remember that small can be big. Here are five advantages of working for a small business:

1. Get direct access to the big boss

Small businesses have fewer layers of management. Translation: You may get the ears of the CEO, or your boss may even be the owner. Greater visibility allows you to learn firsthand from their experience and showcase your abilities directly to the people who matter. You can build valuable relationships and job skills that benefit you throughout your career.

2. Acquire entrepreneurial experience

It takes a well-oiled machine to run a large corporation, which means you may only operate a tiny part of the engine. But at a small business, it can be the opposite. You could be chief cook and bottle washer at the same time, allowing you to see many aspects of running a business. You’ll gain some amazing insight and hands-on experience. And who knows, you may get the entrepreneurial bug and launch your own business some day!

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3. Be the big fish

It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle at a large company. You can’t always make a big impact, or your work may be overshadowed by others. Working your way up the ranks may take longer, too. If you like being more visible and making a direct impact, working for a small business can give you the opportunity to take on more responsibility, and it’s more likely your hard work will be noticed.

4. Discover what you do best

Working for a small business often means it’s “all-hands-on-deck.” The upside 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. Perhaps 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 most and do best?

5. Benefit from less red tape and more flexibility 

Have an idea and want to implement it fast? You might have to push it through many channels and levels at large company. Smaller firms simply have less red tape and protocol to wade through. This flexibility often means projects are completed more quickly and with less frustration. You likely won’t need to seek approval every step of the way.

As you're trying to find a job, don't focus only on the larger companies. Your next big break could be at a small business.

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