Hanging out your “shingle”, running your own business, and being master of your domain sounds like a great goal to many Australians. But increasingly it’s looking like being a small business owner comes with a set of challenges and stresses that lead to a big drop in personal wellbeing.
That’s the finding of Commonwealth Bank Small Business Study which summarise the responses of 500 small business owners.
While the survey was interested in finding out SME’s approach to and take-up of technology its findings show that other business stresses are getting in the way of technological progress at a small business level.
Like the recent MYOB survey of SMEs, the CBA said “cash flow remains a stress factor, with half of the respondents opting to not pay themselves a wage one or more times in the past year as a result of cash flow issues”.
There’s also heavy use of personal funds and credit cards to manage cashflow, the CBA said.
The survey showed 32% dipped into their own accounts while 44% use credit cards “as their primary tool to manage cash flow, working capital and business investment”.
The trouble with that, according to the CBA, is it then leads “80 per cent of small businesses