17% of American workers make their main income from self-employment. But we realized something: we don’t have a clear picture of what life’s really like for the that 17%. So, we ran a study.
The Age of the Entrepreneur dives into the highs and lows of owning a small business, from motivations to money, bookkeeping to bottlenecks. If you’ve ever wondered who’s doing what and how your business compares to the average, this report’s for you.
We surveyed 1,005 small business owners to get a clearer view of what small business life is like. Here’s how we broke that group down:
Here are the business types of entrepreneurs we talked to:
What motivates small business owners? How do their expectations of entrepreneurship stack up against reality? And how well do they understand the financial side of their business? Here’s a peek at what’s inside the free report.
One theme spanned across all generations: when it comes to starting a business, motivations don’t line up with reality.
An appetite for control is the most significant factor in entrepreneurs’ decision to strike out on their own. The really interesting part? 56% of entrepreneurs also say having “unlimited freedom” is a common myth about running a business.
One big takeaway: 70% of entrepreneurs admit to having gaps in their financial understanding. That’s a lot of small business owners in the dark.
Ouch. Small business owners have a hate-hate relationship with their bookkeeping.
Learn who outsources what, where entrepreneurs feel the most pressure, and the common experiences of 2.5 million small business owners. Entrepreneurs across North America are doing things differently—see how your business stacks up.