Hands-on experience early in your career is one advantage of working with a small business.
There’s one thing people want early in their career: real responsibility. But that’s a tough thing to find early on, especially because now more than ever bigger companies are on the fence about hiring people with less work experience.
While many of us probably grew up with dreams of working at a big company and managing others, we have to keep in mind that there are many roads one can take when starting a career.
Local small businesses, for example, are a great place to start your professional life and some surveys suggest that despite the economic downturn they are actually doing a lot of the hiring these days.
They may not give you all the benefits that a big corporate company would, but they do give you some much needed hands-on experience that can help you further your career and blossom into the professional you always wanted to be. Furthermore, small businesses can provide you with some great opportunities for career growth and development that may be hard to come by later on.
Here are some of the top reasons why working at a small business could set you up for a great career.
Learn how to run a business
Many of us have dreams of entrepreneurship but don’t know where to start. Working for a small business gives you the hands-on training you need in order to perhaps run a business of your own someday.
Whether you are managing the finances, dealing with clients or just running the office, you can take what you learn and apply it to your own endeavors. If it’s a small business chances are you’re going to be learn a little bit of everything — from finances to development — so take advantage!
Learn the ins and outs of an industry
Nothing helps you get to know an industry like working at a small business. Few if any layers of middle management means that all employees must become actively involved in the daily dealings of the industry. From architecture and consulting to staffing and personal finance — small business can give you an active in depth look into an industry that can help you throughout your entire career.
Find a mentor
Small business more often than not means small staff. As a result, it becomes exponentially easier to find yourself some sort of mentor or co-worker you can learn from. Take advantage of this opportunity and learn the ropes from someone who has been there for a while.
An opportunity for flexibility and change
Some small businesses might be more open to flexible scheduling options and telecommuting. These changes can be made more easily thanks to the lack of red tape you would usually find working for a large corporate company.
Small businesses set the stage for an incredible learning opportunity that can help you in your professional endeavors for years to come. Take advantage of the opportunity and soak up as much as you can!
Amanda Abella is a personnel administrator for a Miami-based employment agency and a freelance writer. She also runs Grad Meets World, a popular Gen Y blog where she discusses health, career, personal finance, entrepreneurship, and more.