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Survey: How Many Entrepreneurs FeelTrapped in their Business?

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Survey: How Many Entrepreneurs FeelTrapped in their Business?

We recently conducted a survey of 3,000 business owners to uncover how many wouldwant to leave their businesses but areunable to do so. The results are illustrated below.

Key Findings

路聽聽聽聽聽HighRates of Stress Among Small Business Owners: A significant 45% of small businessowners feel trapped in their businesses.

路聽聽聽聽聽RegionalDifferences:There鈥檚 a noticeable variation in feelings of entrapment across differentstates; for example, 65% of small business owners in Oklahoma want to quit,while only 22% in Iowa express a similar sentiment.

路聽聽聽聽聽Emotionaland Financial Barriers:The primary reasons for not leaving their businesses include emotionalattachment (37% of respondents), financial dependence (25%), economic barriersto selling at a profitable price (20%), and a lack of suitable buyers (19%).

路聽聽聽聽聽ChallengesBeyond Exiting:The biggest challenges for entrepreneurs of small business owners include timemanagement (39%), financial constraints (25%), balancing work and personal life(19%), and customer retention (15%).

路聽聽聽聽聽Importanceof Work-Life Balance:A large majority (72%) of respondents consider work-life balance veryimportant.

路聽聽聽聽聽Time-ConsumingTasks: Themost time-consuming aspects of running a business are identified asadministrative tasks (31%), customer service (29%), marketing and sales (24%),and product or service development (15%).

路聽聽聽聽聽TechnologicalGap: About30% of (small business) entrepreneurs are unfamiliar with AI-driven businessautomation solutions, and only 43% are satisfied with the level of automationin their businesses, suggesting a gap in the adoption of modern technologiessuch as automation workflows.


Respondentsare carefully chosen from a geographically representative online panel ofdouble opt-in members. This selection is further tailored to meet the precisecriteria required for each unique survey. Throughout the survey, we designquestions to carefully screen and authenticate respondents, guaranteeing thealignment of the survey with the ideal participants.

Toensure the integrity of our data collection, we employ an array of data qualitymethods. Alongside conventional measures like digital fingerprinting, botchecks, geo-verification, and speeding detection, etc. each response undergoesa thorough review by a dedicated team member to ensure quality and contextualaccuracy. Our commitment extends to open-ended responses, subjecting them toscrutiny for gibberish answers and plagiarism detection.

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