My boss is a good friend of my father's. It is one of the reason I haven't been job hopping for a while which is quite often known for youngsters such as myself. For the past 2 years I've been involved in the working life, I have been with 4 different companies. I've seen how big companies operate, I have also seen how small companies do and very small companies perform. Each one of them have their own advantages and disadvantages.
So, today I would like to highlight some of the advantages that you can get if you choose to work with small companies. In today's oversupply of jobless graduate, personally I encourage those who are jobless to join micro small or small companies as their stepping stone if they have attempted using the traditional way to climb the corporate ladder and failed but really wish to embark on a corporate path for big companies.1) You'll learn about almost everything about anything the company does.
In small companies, you can choose to know about everything that the company is doing. For example, small companies usually don't have a massive pile of files. So, in your free time during working hours, you can glance through all those files (if you have the access of course) and gain an extra amount of knowledge about the company's past operation, history etc. The most useful would always be, The Financial Statement because that is how you will know when you can ask for a raise or not.2) Wear many type of hats.
In small companies, you are responsible over a lot of areas. You will be the manager, the clerk, the receptionist, the dishwasher, the typist, the security guard and one of my favourite, the despatch guy. You can also influence the decision maker which is your boss and probably turn that decision towards your favour.3) Freedom...Almost
Since small companies doesn't really pay you a hefty huge salary, you're not really liable for the company's time you've spent loitering around at the coffee shop. However, this is a bad example and shouldn't be followed. Use your time wisely such as thinking of ways for your company to grow and expand and becoming more profitable.
Well, that is the top 3 reasons that I think you can consider should you become jobless or needed a change in your career. Eitherway, always go for personal development because that is what life is all about and most of all, have fun.