Small Business Startup Sentiment Rises to the Most Positive in Eight Months

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA — March 3, 2022 — On February 24th, the day the survey launched, news headlines of the invasion of Ukraine stunned the world and roiled financial markets. Despite the uncertainty, 57.4% of aspiring business owners were resolute about starting their businesses within the next three months. Further, 76% of these survey respondents see business conditions about the same or getting better in the next three months. Over  73% of would-be entrepreneurs agree or strongly agree that “now is a good time to start a business”, up from 63% in January. 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 February 24-28, 2022.

A record 30.6% of respondents say that the pandemic is no longer a factor, but 42.9% say that it reduced the amount of capital they have to invest.

Additional highlights:

  • Future business conditions: In an acknowledgement of just how good business conditions are now, 43.5 of respondents believe that in three months, business conditions will be “better” or “much better” than now, down from a recent high of 46.5% in September. About 42.9% see conditions “about the same” in three months.
  • Access to funding: The percentage of entrepreneurs concerned about finding  adequate funding increased slightly, with those seeing funding “harder or much harder” to obtain rising to 32.7%.
  • Demographics: In December, 46.4% of respondents were currently employed full-time, and 19.3% were current business owners seeking an additional business. Gen-X (50.0%) and Gen-Y “Millennials” (34.7%) were the largest age cohorts, and “Baby Boomers” followed at 13.9%.

Download a copy of the February 2022 SSI report here. See excerpts from prior SSI™ surveys and subscribe to receive the Small Business Startup Sentiment Index™ monthly report when it is released.

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 Thursday, March 3rd, 2022.

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