Exceeding expectations – Small businesses as places to work

Finding a job these days can be an incredibly stressful process. Not only can it take weeks, even months or years, to find the perfect fit, but it also takes a lot of mental and physical energy and effort to remain steadfast in the pursuit of the dream career. Joining a company that specialises in debtor finance or modern marketing can be made all the more difficult when you are competing against a hundred other capable applicants for a coveted spot in an established company. Small businesses are often overlooked in favour of larger, more established companies when it comes to seeking employment, but there is in fact many benefits to joining a small business as opposed to a larger business.

The dream career can come at quite a cost, but it ultimately costs more when an individual puts more face value on established companies. A small business can provide a candidate with the perfect opportunity to be a part of something that yields and shows them the tangible results of their hard work. At a big company, it can be easy to be seen as just a number, with a person being seen largely as a spinning cog in the machine that is this huge company. If you are looking to be a part of a company that truly values you and your personal and professional contribution, then a small business is the way to go.

Additionally, small businesses tend to market themselves better than their large-scale competition, and this is an excellent insight into how those small business operate. Small companies tend to put more effort into everything, from marketing and the hiring process, to the inner workings and moving pieces of the business, because they have more to prove. They are thirsty to prove themselves, and as a result they try harder and put more blood, sweat, and tears into every aspect of their company. Bigger companies tend to just hire people to do half-wit jobs on a lot of aspects, ultimately weakening their resolve as titans of industry.

At a smaller company, you are more likely to get more face time with the boss. While it can be easy to view this as a downside, it is inherently more productive to view it as an opportunity to further your personal and professional development. When the boss knows who you are, and you develop a working relationship with them, they are more likely to spend time listening to you or teaching you, which ultimately works out tenfold for you as a professional, as you can learn more and use those lessons to strengthen your performance and skillset.

Ultimately what it all comes down to is effort. Smaller businesses are more likely to put more effort into every aspect of the company, they are more likely to be environments where you can have more face time with the upper management, and they are workplaces that you can grow and develop your professional skills without feeling like just another number in the factory.