1) Smaller competition for the position - Typically, independent businesses have a smaller pool of applicants than a larger, more well-known company. The fewer the applications, the more likely you will be called in for an interview. In addition, the job opening is for an immediate need. Small businesses don’t have the time or resources to leave a position open for long and they will be looking to hire someone ASAP.
2) Gain responsibility fast - Every position is important in a small business, so you will probably be given a large amount of responsibility soon after starting. This means you will be able to show off how independent you can be and how much you can be trusted. This will also help you down the road when you want to use your supervisor as a reference. Not only will they remember you, but they will be able to give specific examples of how you stepped up to the plate right away and became a valuable employee.
3) Your work makes a big impact – You will be joining a close knit team (maybe even a family) that rely on you and your work ethic to take their business to the next level. The smallest decision, like going out of your way to help a customer, can cause the business (and you) to get noticed. It can be extremely rewarding to know that not only are people counting on you, but that you also have the opportunity to help a business grow. This also goes back to gaining powerful references for your career path. Never underestimate a powerful and reliable reference!
Keep an eye out for small businesses that are hiring in your area. Check both online and in person, you never know where your next opportunity will lead you!