Uptrend Seen in Entrepreneur Sentiment About Future Startup Conditions

By: Michael Alston for Franchise Insights

June 7, 2023 – In May 2023, almost 69% of entrepreneurs surveyed say they are “more likely to launch their startups than three months ago.” Over 60% of survey respondents either agree or strongly agree that “now is a good time to start a business”, up significantly from April, but inching back towards the record high of 76.9% in June 2021. 

While 17.9% see business conditions deteriorating in three months, 82,1% still see conditions for business startups “the same or better in three months in continuation of a trend in improving sentiment since February 2023. In May 2023, 46.2% of entrepreneurs planned their startups within the next three months, and 72.6% within six months.

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 May 28-31, 2023. 

68.9% of survey respondents are more likely to launch their startups than three months ago

Additional highlights:

  • Future business conditions: While a plurality of respondents see conditions “about the same” in three months for startups (56.6%), an increasing trend of those seeing future conditions better (now 25.5%) and decrease in those seeing future conditions worse (17.9%) may suggest that entrepreneurs see better times ahead. 
  • Access to funding: The percentage of entrepreneurs concerned about finding  adequate funding stands at 67.9%, though those seeing funding “harder or much harder” to obtain in the next three months stood at 38.7%.
  • Demographics: 54.7% of respondents were currently employed full-time, and 16% were current business owners seeking an additional business. The Gen-X cohort dominated with 50% of respondents, while Millennials held the number two position at 35.2% and Baby Boomers held third place at 12.0% of respondents. This month, Gen-Z was 2.8% of respondents, near the  3.29% share of all respondents seen in 2022.

Download a copy of the May 2023 FranchiseInsights.com 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 Wednesday, June 7th, 2023.

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