5 Perks of Working for a Small Business

In the industry I work in, I deal with a lot of young professionals.

Fresh out of school, many new job seekers have their eyes set on the biggest and the brightest companies around. Names like Disney, Google, and Apple get thrown around a lot.

It’s completely understandable. After all, what better way to find success than to latch onto something already successful?

What they don’t know is that there are plenty of opportunities to be successful – in small business.

In 2012, small businesses are expected to be some of the biggest employers, so it’s definitely worth a second look.

Check out five more reasons why you should work for a small business:

Get a voice

If you have something to say, which would be easier– talking to a group of 20 people or 500? It’s all about the numbers.

In their nature, small businesses allow for more discussion and sharing across the staff as a whole, not just in the executive board room. In fact, many small business owners want employees to speak their minds and share their ideas to better the company.

Stand on your own

As opposed to working in a large corporation, you’ll find that many small businesses have entire departments of one or two people. When you don’t have a team of other people working on the same thing as you, you’ll have to develop more independence.

 Expect to learn on the job

 As a small business owner, I can speak from experience that working in a small business is a huge learning experience.  As an employee, you can expect to learn as the CEO learns and grow as the company grows.

If you are interested in founding your own small company, working at a small business or start up can give you a first-hand look at what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

 Check out: 4 Ways Starting a Business Can Help You Land a Job


 Let’s say you wanted to take off early for a doctor’s appointment tomorrow. In a large company, you might have to talk to your supervisor, the HR guy, a team leader, and a host of other people in order to clear away all the red tape. In a small business, you can simply ask the CEO and get it done.

When businesses are small, things are simply a lot more flexible. There is no rigid system in place yet to trip you up.

 Spin resume gold

Last but not least, employers love seeing small business experience on a resume. A candidate with small business experience usually is more of a self-starter, company-focused, and has ideas. Be sure to emphasize the perks of your small business experience, because it is guaranteed to help you stand out!

Check out: Want to Work for Yourself? 4 Tips for Becoming an Entrepreneur

What do you think? Have you worked for a small business? What other perks can you think of? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

About Heather R. Huhman

Heather R. Huhman is the Career & Recruiting Advisor for Cachinko. She is also the founder & president of Come Recommended, the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (2011), #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.

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One Response to 5 Perks of Working for a Small Business

  1. Resell SEO February 8, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    I’m kinda having this mindset that the smaller the number of people you work with, the greater the chances that you’ll rise to the top of the chain next to the company owner. Yes, it’s definitely a great resume enhancer.

    = Gerald Martin =

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