BROTHER® SURVEY REVEALS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS BELIEVE
STOCKPILING CASH NOW IS THE BEST STRATEGY FOR SURVIVAL
The survey also revealed the following key findings about small business owners’ reaction to the
current economic landscape:
• Small business owners would consider taking drastic and desperate measures to
keep hold of their company. In a striking example of the pressure still felt by many
small business owners, 15 percent say they would give up 10 percent of their company in
exchange for a guarantee that they’d be protected from negative economic effects in
• The economy has taken a toll on small business owners’ well-being. 51 percent of
small business owners find that their stress level is at the highest it’s ever been, or higher
than usual, as a result of the economic climate. Close to half (48 percent) of small
business owners think about their business while trying to fall asleep.
• Despite the hardships, most small business owners enjoy owning their own business.
In fact, 65 percent of small business owners believe they put in more hours than if they
worked for someone else. However, 50 percent of small business owners enjoy the
flexibility that comes with “being your own boss” and a third (35 percent) enjoy pursuing
This survey was conducted by Brother—a company that produces printers that you may own. The significant part of this survey is the highlighted part—51% of small business owners are stating that their stress level is at an all-time high. The Fremont Group also conducts their own survey and shows similar results. Stress is caused by uncertainty—we cannot have certainty in the economy but the stress can certainly be reduced by having more control of your operations and a trusted person to oversee your operations. Our TFG affiliates provide both. If you are a business owner experiencing this stress and who wants to change, we should talk.