Recent report shows small business owners rely on technology for independence and productivity…even on vacation

An eWeek report highlighting the results of a recent Manta survey of small businesses owners indicates that  “40 percent of small business owners say having access to business files and apps while on vacation reduces stress because they know everything is still running smoothly while they’re away.”

Manta, a small business service directory and search engine, surveyed 1,105 members of their small business community. The report shows that small business owners love their freedom and are optimistic for 2014.

While it can be challenging for any professional to maintain a balance between personal and business life (see Sinu blog,  “Riding the Lion: Admitting the Fears Behind Entrepreneurship”), according to the survey 72% of small business owners say “having their own company brings more freedom and independence than working for someone else.”

The following technologies are credited as “most important” in allowing independence for small businesses owners:

  • 39% said an Internet connection to allow them to stay connected and work from anywhere
  • 32% reported their mobile phone
  • 18% pointed to email
  • 3% claimed organizational applications

The Manta survey also measured the projected outlook by small business owners for 2014. According to the study, 68% of small business owners reported the first half of 2014 to be a successful period for their business – up 12% from this time last year.  Moreover, 83% of small business owners reported they are optimistic about business prospects looking ahead to the second half of the year. 

To access the full Manta survey results, go to: