Benefits Of A Small Business


More than ever, consumers are looking to support small businesses both in their community and outside of it. While running a business of any size is challenging, small businesses don’t have the added benefit of large teams of employees dedicated to your company. Instead, it’s up to these business owners to be the decision-makers and overseers of everything it takes to run their businesses. 

Owning a small business is no small undertaking, but there are a lot of benefits to be had from running one. Here are a few reasons you should start that business you’ve been dreaming about.  

Community Impact

When you run a small business or restaurant, you know your customers and how to serve them. More than ever, people want to support small businesses that support their local community. You develop loyal customers who choose your business over corporate chains. As a small business, your clientele is going to have unique needs, allowing your business to fulfill market gaps in your local community. 

Your business and the community it resides in have a mutually beneficial relationship, they support your business and you support them. Through your business, you can create jobs and stimulate the economy of your local community. You can also support local charities and sponsor community events through donations or by providing goods or services. You can also host fundraisers with schools where you directly drive customers to your business with some of the proceeds going to local schools.

Since you are the sole decision maker for your business, you can also take advantage of holidays by offering special promotions or goods that you know your community will need. Small Business Saturday has seen more and more participants each year, spiking especially after the pandemic, and consumers are even going beyond one day of the week. Many consumers make it a point to shop solely locally when they can and appreciate the nuances small businesses have to offer. 

You do what you love

The best reason to start a small business is you get to do something you feel passionate about. If you can provide a product or service that no one else can, starting a business could be a very lucrative opportunity for you. 

While having something you’re authentically interested in is just the first step, you also need to find out if there’s a market for what your business is trying to offer. More often than not, customers don’t know what they want or need until they see it, and through your local business, you can show those in your community what they’re missing out on. 

Today, consumers are looking for the uniqueness local businesses can provide. When you start a business around something you care deeply about, you harness the drive and ambition you need to make your business successful. Your business and customers can also be the driving force to your inspiration allowing you to expand on the service your business provides. 


As a small business owner, you have the power to make all the rules and set the schedule. Hate working on Tuesdays? Well, good news! Your PTO is approved because your boss is YOU! Can’t seem to get yourself to the office most Fridays? Consider transitioning to a remote work situation! You get to decide how many hours you work each week and base it on your needs and the needs of your business.

You’ll want to stay open for your most popular hours depending on your type of business. If your business can support employees, you can bring on team members you trust to hold your business down while you’re away. 

Not only do you get flexibility in your time, but you also get flexibility in the products or services your business provides. You get to fulfill niche market gaps that people just don’t get from corporate chains or before those chains can take advantage of consumer trends. 

You’re an expert

When you run a business based on something you’re genuinely interested in, you have the upper hand. You’re an expert in what you provide to your customers. Customers not only look to you to provide them with what they need, but they also want sales associates to be knowledgeable about the products they’re purchasing. 

For example, if you run a local camera and equipment business, where you provide products in that niche, you’re likely very familiar, if not an expert in photography. You’re able to provide consumers with genuine advice and recommendations as well as better quality assistance. This is something those customers just wouldn’t get from going to a place like Best Buy. You can bring on employees who also feel passionate about your industry so that you’re able to provide your customers with consistent customer service. 

Better customer relationships

When you serve a local community, you’re able to form better relationships with your customers. You see them frequently depending on your type of business, if not in your store, then certainly around town. 

As a business owner, it benefits you to get to know the people you serve. You have the potential for you and your employees to build friendly relationships with customers that can’t be accomplished from chain stores. People desire to connect with others and your business and employees can fulfill that need. 

Not only can you develop bonds with your customers, but you also can provide them with exceptional customer service. Your business is able to align itself more with the needs of its customers. 

Running a small business has its perks

While we’ve named a few of the pros of running a small business, there are plenty more. Running a business is quite an accomplishment and your dedication to the products or services you provide will reflect positively on your business and reward you for your hard work. Starting a business around something you love allows you to serve your local community in the same way it serves you. 

Hopefully, if you’ve been considering starting your own business for a while, this article has shown you just a few of the reasons to start. So harness your passion, find your market, and get started! 

Ashley Nielsen

Ashley Nielsen earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration Marketing at Point Loma Nazarene University. She is a freelance writer who loves to share knowledge about general business, marketing, lifestyle, wellness, and financial tips. During her free time, she enjoys being outside, staying active, reading a book, or diving deep into her favorite music. 

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