With over 30.2 million small companies in 2018 using 58.9 million folks throughout america, it’s no surprise small companies are generally known as the lifeblood of the American economic system. Whether or not you’re working a small mother and pop ice cream store, or caring for folks’s automobile issues to allow them to get to work and child’s soccer video games, entrepreneurs dedicate a lot of their time serving their prospects and neighborhood.
In a survey commissioned by GoDaddy, 500 small enterprise house owners offered beneficial insights into their worries, in addition to their efforts to strike a steadiness between their skilled and private lives.
When entrepreneurs aren’t working, they’re fascinated by working
The survey revealed that entrepreneurs’ high issues had been earning profits and attracting new prospects, spending a median of eight hours per week worrying about their enterprise outdoors of working hours. That’s a full 17 days a 12 months devoted to worrying. Over half of small enterprise house owners say they've hassle switching off from work throughout their free time.
The survey additionally discovered:
- Small enterprise proprietor says they lose 4 hours of free time each week to deal with enterprise issues.
- 41% of small enterprise house owners say they usually get pulled away to take care of enterprise issues when attempting to take a break.
- Solely 36% of small enterprise house owners report they often have a considerably wholesome work/life steadiness.
These numbers present that sustaining work/life steadiness isn't a stroll within the park for a lot of entrepreneurs. In truth, half the respondents pointed to not having sufficient time and having an excessive amount of work as the highest components that get in the way in which.
Nonetheless, entrepreneurs acknowledge the significance of enriching their private lives. Sixty three p.c of them say they spend time caring for themselves, whereas 56% strike a steadiness by taking a trip. In addition they emphasised the significance of scheduling private time as a precedence.
Discovering work-life steadiness is a continuing battle
“Small enterprise house owners dedicate an enormous a part of their lives tirelessly caring for enterprise,” stated Melissa Schneider, GoDaddy’s VP of World Advertising and development skilled. “Proudly owning a enterprise and attempting to take pleasure in life outdoors work may be an particularly robust balancing act. That’s why GoDaddy is concentrated on arming on a regular basis entrepreneurs with an arsenal of instruments that not solely ship outcomes, however assist them begin, develop, and run their companies effectively. We imagine this, in flip, helps them lead higher, extra fulfilling private lives.”
The survey additionally delved into understanding the instruments and suggestions that may assist small enterprise house owners be extra productive. One of many important insights derived from this research is entrepreneurs’ utilization of their private cellphone for enterprise, revealing that near 40% of small enterprise house owners spend between one to 3 hours per week caring for enterprise on the cellphone.
1:1 conversations with prospects are essential for entrepreneurs
It’s no shock that greater than half of small enterprise house owners contemplate how beneficial 1:1 conversations are to their enterprise. In spite of everything, this is a vital manner by which they'll present professionalism to their purchasers:
- 81% stress the significance of responding to buyer inquiries in a well timed method.
- 71% attempt to at all times be out there/reachable to their prospects throughout enterprise hours.
- 64% acknowledge the significance of answering calls professionally.
Particularly pertinent to answering calls professionally, the survey additionally revealed some lower than applicable methods small enterprise house owners took enterprise calls on their private cellphone as a result of they had been unaware that decision was for enterprise.
40% of small enterprise house owners stated realizing whether or not an incoming name is a enterprise or private name could be useful in managing their productiveness
Respondents shared that at one level one in all them opened a name with, “hey child,” whereas one other confessed to saying “hiya” in a foolish voice. A lot worse, somebody employed a “imply voice” as a result of they thought it was a robocall. Alongside the identical vein, the research discovered that 40% of small enterprise house owners stated realizing whether or not an incoming name is a enterprise or private name could be useful in managing their productiveness.
Separating Private and Work Calls with SmartLine
GoDaddy’s SmartLine app permits customers to distinguish enterprise and private calls by offering prospects a second phone number for his or her enterprise on the smartphone they have already got. As well as, with SmartLine small enterprise house owners can:
- make and obtain calls utilizing their enterprise quantity to maintain their private quantity personal
- set their enterprise hours to obtain calls throughout this window so that they don’t obtain calls throughout their private time
- ship and obtain texts and photos from their enterprise quantity and see all communications with a buyer in a single place
- set up the app on their present smartphone – there’s no new tools to purchase