7 Benefits of Working for a Small Business

Working for a small business may seem less impressive than working for a well-known brand. In actuality, small businesses offer many benefits that are hard to come by through larger companies. Here are Elm’s perks of working for a small business!

1. Hands-On Experience in a Growing Company

A small business is exactly that. Small. There is more room to get a front seat on the happenings that make the business what it is! Want to directly work on a business’s social media presence? You are much more likely to gain that opportunity and experience in a small business that will hire you specifically for such a role than in a larger brand company that probably has an entire team dedicated to that task.

2. Opportunity to Create Projects That Peak Your Interest

With a small business, you likely will be able to sit in on team decisions that make up different aspects of the business (think financial decisions, marketing designs, etc.). By doing so, you will be able to pick up on the workings in each department and learn how they all connect to run the business as a whole. Always wanted to open a bakery, but not sure where to start? Become a member of a small bakery business to learn the works! Be sure to take notes! 

3. Opportunities to Climb the Ladder of Success Faster

You could very well be working side by side with the owner of the small business. Such a work environment ensures that your ideas, work ethic, and creativity will be immediately noted, and many times, rewarded. You will also be able to work in many areas of the business, allowing for increased exposure in terms of visibility to the company’s top figures. What better way to learn and climb up the promotional ladder than directly working with the people at the head of the table!


4. Being Able to See Your Work Impact the Business’ Growth

We all love the feeling of appreciation. Bring your own skills to the table, regardless of whether or not they seem like they would fit with the company’s  goal. You never know what will be useful! Are your writing skills exceptional? Put them to use by drafting company emails and newsletters! Can you easily communicate an idea? Step up as the company representative at pitch meetings! Even something as simple as the ability to organize can earn you a place as a valued member. More skills are transferable between industries than we tend to believe.

5. Learn New Skills To Help You Stand Out in Future Endeavors 

Want to go into a small business that has nothing to do with your major? Go for it! Oftentimes, hiring managers want potential candidates to be willing to learn and adapt to new situations. There is no end to learning! What better way to show off your willingness to learn and grow than to have a resume filled with different skill sets? And who knows, your newfound skills could open doors for the company! 

6. A Comfortable and Mutually Beneficial Workplace Atmosphere

Small business workplace cultures tend to be tighter-knit than larger companies. Such an atmosphere creates a deep trust among the company members, allowing for better openness and cooperation while creating better results. Encouraged communication, one-on-one/direct field training, and transparency are just a few of the values that most small businesses can afford to nurture for the benefit of their members and the company as a whole.

7. Flexible Hours to Perfectly Complement a Busy College Schedule 

We all know college has only gotten busier. Small businesses are much better suited for flexible schedules than powerhouse companies. Ideas get pushed through a smaller company much faster, allowing for work to get done quicker and with less time constraints. On Elm, you can find small businesses willing to be flexible with work times! So, need to focus on finals? No problem! Using Elm’s messages, you can arrange a temporary schedule with your manager.

Did we miss any benefits? Tag us on Instagram @Elm.America or Facebook @Elm.America and tell us why you want to work for a small business!

By Tulasi Nidamarthy

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