Small Biz Resolutions: Time Off

Entrepreneurs are known for working long hours with few breaks. Well, UK entrepreneurs hope to change that next year by taking a little more time off.

One in every five UK small business owners will be making a New Year’s resolution to take more time off, according to a survey by XLN Business Services.

In the same survey, 33% per cent of small business owners said their New Year’s resolutions would be to increase sales, while another 19% said that they would like to reduce costs.

The first part of the XLN survey looked back over the last 6 months and asked SMEs to rate factors surveyed affecting their business such as number of customers, price inflation, profits and more out of a maximum 10 marks, with a high score being favourable. The combined average response this time was 4.54/10, compared with an average of 4.45/10 in the previous survey. This means businesses are slightly more positive about their actual performance than they were last time. In particular there was a marked improvement in the score for total overall value of business sales from 4.98 to 5.17, meaning that small business owners believe price pressures seem to have eased slightly.

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