Rising Tide in Business Startup Sentiment At The Highest In Fifteen Months

By: Michael Alston for Franchise Insights

December 6, 2023 – More than two-thirds of survey respondents (67.2%) either agree or strongly agree that “now is a good time to start a business,” the highest for that measure of startup sentiment since the 69.2% reading in August 2022. Now 83.6% of respondents see conditions for business startups “the same or better in three months.In November  2023, 56.7% of entrepreneurs planned their startups within the next three months, and 73.6% within the next six months. And 68.7% of entrepreneurs surveyed say they are “more or much more likely to launch their startups than three months ago.” 

FranchiseInsights.com compiles monthly the Small Business Startup Sentiment Index™ (SSI) of individuals who have recently inquired about businesses for sale. The most recent Startup Sentiment Index™ survey was conducted September 21-28, 2023. 

In November, 4.5% of respondents were from Gen-Z.

Additional highlights:

  • Future business conditions: Reversing a multi-year downtrend in sentiment about future business conditions, 83.6% of respondents see conditions no worse – staying the same or getting better in three months– with 55.2% seeing conditions “about the same.”
  • Access to funding: The percentage of entrepreneurs concerned about finding  adequate funding was 70.1%, and those who see funding “harder or much harder” to obtain in the next three months were 26.9% of respondents.
  • Demographics: 40.3% of respondents were currently employed full-time, and 14.9% were current business owners seeking an additional or replacement business. The Gen-X cohort dominated with 55.2% of respondents. Millennials dropped to 10.4%, while Baby Boomers lurched ahead to 28.4% of respondents. This month, Gen-Z was 4.5% of respondents, above the 3.29% share of all respondents seen in 2022.

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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 FranchiseVentures lead generation platform.

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Published on Wednesday, December 6th, 2023.

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