According to a press release from E-Myth Worldwide, which sponsored the poll conducted by Synovate, of those 13.6 million 8.5 million are men and 5.1 million are women.
The most popular reasons pollsters gave for starting a business, according to the release, are:
- To make more money, 30%,
- To be their own boss, 18%, and
- To fulfill a dream or hobby, 15%.
Respondents said the biggest challenges they face in starting their own business are lack of knowledge and confidence (44%), raising money (44%) and the economic and competitive climates (39%).
The number of people who hope to start a business within the next year was significantly higher for the 45 – 54 age group, who are more seriously considering preparations for retirement.
Synovate polled 1,000 adults aged 18 and up.