Small Biz Owners Happier Than Ever: Study

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Bolt Insurance has sent a line out to the small-biz world, and boy are the results kinda weird: Small-business owners, who Bolt says are predisposed to be “some of the most miserable people around,” are in fact quite happy right now. Some key figures from the poll:

  • 7 in 10 entrepreneurs describe themselves as “very happy.”
  • 9 in 10 are happier working for themselves rather than someone else.
  • 61 percent of entrepreneurs believe they are happier than their peers.
  • 97 percent of these people attribute this happiness to a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • 88 percent of them attribute it to a stronger connection to their customers.

Among the biggest gripes of the entrepreneur lifestyle:

  • 88 percent say they “can never truly stop” thinking about their business. That actually sounds a little low to me.
  • Roughly half say they have difficulties separating work from their personal lives.
  • 39 percent of entrepreneurs polled work 60 hours or more a week. Again, this sounds a little low to me.

To read the full study, which is represented in a big ol’ infographic, hop over here.

David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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