Access to Funding Tops Worries, but Business Startups Undaunted

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA — April 7, 2022 — After a month of invasion, inflation, and market volatility, business startups begin to settle into the new reality in March 2022. Despite all the uncertainty, 52.9% of aspiring business owners responding in March were resolute about starting their businesses within the next three months. Further, 80.5% of these survey respondents see business conditions about the same or getting better in the next three months. About  67.7% of would-be entrepreneurs agree or strongly agree that “now is a good time to start a business”, down from 73.5% in February, according to the Small Business Startup Sentiment Index™ by

About 22.4% say that the pandemic is no longer a factor, but a record 48% say that it reduced the amount of capital they have to invest

Additional highlights:

  • Future business conditions: In an acknowledgment of how good business conditions are now, only 37.7% of respondents believe that in three months, business conditions will be “better” or “much better” than now. About 42.9% see conditions “about the same” in three months.
  • Access to funding: The percentage of entrepreneurs concerned about finding  adequate funding increased to 75.2%, with those seeing funding “harder or much harder” to obtain rising to 38.8%.
  • Demographics: In March, 47.9% of respondents were currently employed full-time, and 17.7% were current business owners seeking an additional business. Gen-X (41.6%) and Gen-Y “Millennials” (33.8%) were the largest age cohorts, and “Baby Boomers” followed at 16.2%, followed by Gen-Z at 5.8%.

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The Small Business Startup Sentiment Index™ is based on a monthly survey of individuals who have recently inquired about businesses or franchises for sale on the digital assets of FranchiseVentures.

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Published on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022.

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