Small-business success isn't just about fundraising.
A strong work environment can separate the winners from the flounders, according to a 2019 survey. In fact, the country's thriving small businesses credit success to intangibles like an entrepreneur's grit and how hard employees work.
And some small businesses are better at creating positive work environments than others.
Job listing site Comparably compiled a ranking of the 25 small and midsize businesses with the happiest employees by analyzing anonymous employee feedback on their website to measure fair pay, perks, benefits, and work environment.
Comparably also found that small businesses tended to have happier workers across the board compared to large corporations: 98% of employees at top small/mid-size companies reported having a positive work environment, compared to 92% from large companies.
Here are the 25 small companies with the happiest employees, plus worker quotes provided by Comparably from user posts on what makes their company fun to work for. You can find a longer list with 25 major companies (as well as Comparably's methodology) here.
8. Periscope Data by Sisense
Located: San Francisco, California
Employee quote: "Genuine positivity. Many organizations embrace 'positivity' and force a smile - but Periscope Data is authentically happy."