It can feel good to tell your friends and family that you work at a well-known, widely successful corporate company. In certain industries, the company we work with says a lot about who we are and can sometimes determine how successful others perceive us to be.

And yet, landing an interview – let alone getting hired – at these businesses can be nearly impossible, and even if you do get the job, you may come to realize it’s not for you. Working at huge corporate companies may have many perks, but it also has some downsides. For example, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of thousands of employees, and sometimes people feel as if their voice is never heard at work. Combine that with a lack of diversity and freedom, and it may feel like you’re trapped at your current company.

Nevertheless, job seekers are often drawn to bigger companies because they often come with a higher salary and more benefits. Likewise, they tend to stray away from smaller businesses due to fear of financial instability. While these are valid concerns, working at a startup company can often be more rewarding than working at a large corporation – and well worth the risk.

Unsure whether you’re willing to take the leap and work for that awesome startup you found online? Check out these 10 reasons why you may want to send in that application.

You will:

1. Make a difference – One of the biggest complaints that employees make about working for a large company is that their voices aren’t heard. Ever had a great idea that no one seemed willing to hear? Ever had to fight to get a meeting with someone within your own company? Yeah, we know, it’s frustrating. Luckily, at startups every employee matters – because chances are there’s only a few! When there are less hands at work, everyone’s job is vital, and that’s both exciting and rewarding.

2. Hold yourself accountable – When you start to notice the significance of your work, you’ll begin to raise your expectations for yourself. Once you hold yourself accountable, you’re sure to become more confident and more excited about what you’re doing. In other words, you’ll actually enjoy the workday.

3. Become passionate – Excitement and enjoyment are the perfect recipe for a passionate employee. And the best part? You can actually apply that passion to your day to day work. Oh, and get paid for it!

4. Learn new skills – When you work in an all-hands-on-deck environment, you’re more likely to have to pick up some new skills to help get the job done. Not a techie? Working at a startup will surely change that – it’s a great way to discover unknown talents that will look great on your resume.

5. Learn how to be innovative – Working alongside passionate entrepreneurs is sure to rub off on you, even if you don’t consider yourself very innovative. People think differently in a startup environment than a huge corporate one, and some employees find that they’re more successful when they’re constantly problem solving at work.

6. Get to be creative – Of course, creativity comes hand in hand with innovation! Everyone is creative in their own way – even if they don’t believe it. Creativity can be expressed in the ways in which you problem solve and brainstorm, which you will constantly be doing at a startup.

7. Love the culture – Jeans, snacks, and fun conversation – how does that sound for a working environment? Even though employees at startup companies work just as hard as those at huge corporations, the culture at these smaller workplaces is comfortable and fun, making the company more enjoyable for many employees.

8. Be a leader – When you work at a startup, you become an expert in your field, and therefore a leader. Expect everyone to come to you with questions, whether you work in HR or IT. Everyone’s there to learn, and whether you realize it or not you have something to teach!

9. Become a people-person – In the same way that others come to you for advice, you’ll find yourself approaching your fellow employees with questions, too! The learning environment combined with the relaxed culture is designed to foster healthy and exciting work relationships, and you may just make some new friends.

10. Become fearless – Like we mentioned earlier, working at a startup isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. The startup environment can be stressful, especially when finances are tight. However, overcoming the stressful times will help you become a fearless leader, which will come in handy now and for every job in the future.

Working at a startup doesn’t mean you’re stuck in small businesses forever. However, it can be a great starting point for aspiring entrepreneurs or recent graduates, or even someone just looking for a change! Click here to find some startups that are currently hiring and start saving those jobs using Rake.

Also published on Medium.