Hi! I'm Dane Carlson, and welcome to the Business Opportunities Weblog. I've been publishing this website, by myself, and sometimes with the help of others for over twelve years now. You'll notice two things about this site right away:
More than one in five small-business owners (22%) expect to add jobs over the next 12 months, while 8% expect to eliminate jobs, according to the new Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index poll.
This is the most optimistic owners have been in four years, Gallup says.
Small-business owners tend to be optimistic. Otherwise, how could they stand the uncertainty of the business world and the economy? Their role in the economy is significant: half the gross domestic product, two-thirds of the net new jobs over the past 15 years.
How did past expectations compare with what small businesses actually did about jobs?
At this time year ago, 23% said they expected to add new jobs and 11% expected to eliminate them over the next 12 months. In the past 12 months, 22% CUT jobs and 13% added them, the reverse of what owners expected they would do. Other years show similar over-optimism.
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