Cashing In on Small-Business Optimism

Intuit Small Business Blog, by Brenda Barron on March 13, 2014

For the first time in five years, small-business owners are feeling more  optimistic about their prospects, according to the recently released Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. Specifically, the  index rose 21 points for the first quarter of 2014 to +45, which is the highest  it’s been since the third quarter of 2008. The results are based on a January  survey of 603 U.S. small-business owners.

Much of the increase  in optimism has to do with the general improvement of the economy as a  whole. The complete survey  results [PDF] show that specific triggers of the shift include better access  to credit, anticipated increases in  revenue and staffing, and improved cash flow.

Of course, small-business owners continue to face some very real challenges:  According to the Index, 21 percent of those surveyed say generating new business  is currently their biggest hurdle. Other obstacles include government  regulations, hiring,  and health  care.

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