10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Working for a Small Company

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses accounted for 64 percent of the new jobs created between 1993 and 2011, which translates into 11.8 million net new jobs. Over twenty-one percent of thesesmall businesses are defined as employer businesses, meaning they are not sole proprietorships. And more importantly, over the past 20 years, 60 percent of the new jobs created in the private sector were created by existing businesses and not start-ups, which is good news for professionals looking for a new job.


After a job loss, it is the perfect time to try something new. If you have always worked for large corporations, why not give a small business a try? Although small businesses often pay less than a larger one, a successful career is more than about making a lot of money. Small businesses often offer many opportunities that are harder to come by in larger ones. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider working for a small company.


  1. Testing ground: If you are not sure which area you’d like to focus on in your career, a small business allows you to work in many areas, so you can decide which areas you like best.
  2. Autonomy: Since there are less people and layers to navigate, usually no middle management, people who work in small businesses tend to have the autonomy to work independently.
  3. Easier to implement ideas: Because of simpler reporting structures and less red tape, it is much easier to implement creative ideas.
  4. Easy access to management: In a small business, it’s much easier to walk into a manager’s office, even the business owner’s office, to get her perspective on your ideas.
  5. React faster to change: Because of their size, small businesses can make decisions faster and respond more quickly to changing business environment.
  6. Promote from within: This is especially important for people who are just starting out in their careers, or for those who are making career shifts. In smaller companies, managers and business owners often mentor and coach people to promote from within.
  7. Employee contribution and sense of ownership: Most small businesses have a familial atmosphere, which makes people feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for the success of the company. Because they feel like they are part of a family, they want to contribute to well-being of the organization.
  8. Greater job satisfaction and opportunity to expand skills: You get the opportunity to multitask and work in many areas of the business, which offers the opportunity to acquire new skills and discover abilities you didn’t know you possessed. And there are often critical projects, without current sponsors, therefore there is less chance for boredom and feelings of stagnation.
  9. Recognition: It’s easier to get noticed in a small business. You get seen for your hard work that contributes to the company’s bottom line – you matter and not just another cog-in-a-big-wheel.
  10. Cooler and more interesting perks: Because of smaller budgets, small businesses tend to be more creative in the kinds of perks they offer employees.


If you’re looking for a new job, why not consider working for a small business and enjoy the 10 benefits above?


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