The Lure of Working for a Small Business
As a small business owner, you may feel that candidates will not be looking your way for a job. Perhaps you feel that you do not have the big salary to offer, and there are no affordable health benefits you can provide. Or, you think that you may not have enough to keep a full-time employee busy, but can you find good part-time help? And, as a small business owner, you are protective of your business, and if you are going to hire someone, they need to be outstanding…how will you find those people? Why would they work for you and not the big corporation down the street? Here’s why.
Working at a small business provides an environment that is very attractive to some candidates. They want to feel like they are part of a “family” and really know their employer and co-workers. Some candidates avoid a large business, because they do not want to be placed at a cubicle and not sure their boss even knows their name. While some people like the feeling of some anonymity at work, others search out the opportunity to work for a small business where they feel important to its growth and prosperity.
When you work at a small business, there is always potential for growth. Some candidates want to work at a business that will someday have three times more employees than it has now. When an employee has been there since the beginning with a business, they may end up in a leadership position in the future.
Some candidates may search out a small business environment, because chances are, the leaders will be a bit more flexible about your schedule. It may not be true in all cases, but since the business is smaller, the employer may be a bit more understanding about running to an event at school or leaving a few minutes early on some days. Corporations with a large staff often can have strict rules about any time taken off during the day, making it difficult for working parents or people trying to earn a degree at the same time.
If candidates are nervous about starting their career or getting back in the workforce and taking on new responsibilities with different skills, working for a small business provides an environment to learn. It is less intimidating to ask questions, and there are not 20 other staff members competing for time with leadership. Many new teachers say that working in a small school when they first begin teaching helped them to grow as an educator and feel confident about moving into a larger school. The same can be said for growing with a small business to begin a new career.
Small businesses that are locally grown and owned can be the magic words to some candidates. They want their community to grow from the inside and want to help small, local businesses to flourish. Big business is not their thing, and they seek out working for smaller businesses with ties to the community.