Small Business Census

The Reality of Owning a Business:

instantprint Small Business Census

What is the instantprint Small Business Census?

January signals the start of a new year, looking back on the previous year in business, how are you feeling? Are you happy and looking forward to the future? Or anxious and worried about what the next 12 months might bring?

We've undertaken a survey of 500 small business owners to find out about their emotional wellbeing, read on to find out how you compare when it comes to coping with stress, lack of sleep and achieving a work/life balance.


1 in 5 Are Risking Their Health
1 in 5
Are Risking Their Health
More than 1 in 8 respondents are so stressed they only sleep 3-4 hours a night.
1 in 8 Only Sleep 3-4hrs per Night
1 in 8
Only Sleep 3-4hrs per Night
More than 1 in 8 respondents are so stressed they only sleep 3-4 hours a night.
Happier Owning Business
75%
Happier Owning Business
75% of SME owners are happier owning their own business than they were in previous jobs.
Sacrificed Family Time
45%
Sacrificed Family Time
45% of SME owners have sacrificed family time to set up their business.
More than half of business owners have gained self-confidence since starting their business.
Success Makes You Sexy More than half of business owners have gained self-confidence since starting their business.
10 hours Less per Week
10 hours
Less per Week
On average, female SME owners work 10 hours less than their male counterparts per week.
70% Prefer Owning Business
70%
Prefer Owning Business
70% of SME owners would never go back to working for someone else.
25% Find Regulations Worrying
25%
Find Regulations Worrying
A quarter of SME owners find government regulations to be the most worrying part of owning a business.
50% Are More Stressed
50%
Are More Stressed
More than half of SME owners are more stressed now than in previous jobs.
Women Worry More 33% of men are most worried about their business not succeeding compared to 57% of women who are most worried about finances
33% of men are most worried about their business not succeeding compared to 57% of women who are most worried about finances