When people discuss the benefits of working at a small business, they often say that the companies allow more flexible hours or are a better fit. But prospective employees sometimes forget that working at a small business can also be really helpful in achieving long-term career success. While a small business might have fewer resources than larger companies, smaller businesses provide two important advantages.
First, employees can work with, and learn from, talented and experienced individuals that run the company. At a larger company, an employee may work with hundreds of other employees. Some employees may never even meet the CEO or the company’s President. It is easy for an employee to get lost within this environment.
However, at a smaller company, an employee might work with the company’s President or CEO on a regular basis. This offers a better learning experience, and leads to a better relationship within the business.
Second, a small business is going to offer a variety of experience. Resources will be limited for a small business, but the benefit can be the opportunity to work on several different projects. An employee at a larger company might just work on the same project for a long period of time. That employee might refine one skill instead of developing several skills. At a smaller company, employees have more opportunities. An employee might be working on a new marketing project for the company, while also working on regular work duties.