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Small Business Owners Hoping For a Holly Jolly New Year

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72% of small business owners indicated that 2011 was a good year for their company. 89% are optimistic that their company will grow in 2012. That’s according to data from the Manta SMB Wellness Index, a quarterly snapshot on the state of the small business economy. 

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Manta surveyed 1,026 small business owners about how this year’s business environment has impacted their health and their plans for 2012.

Although 63% of respondents indicated they worked more than 40 hours per week on average in 2011, 31% still indicated they are actually happier in their personal lives—a sentiment you’ll often hear from small business owners who would rather put in longer hours working for themselves than fewer hours working for someone else (otherwise referred to as “The Man”).

So what are their Top 5 New Year’s resolutions?

  • Grow the business (62%)
  • Improve relationships with family & friends (25%)
  • Eat healthier (11%)
  • Work out more (add me to that list) (6%)
  • Work less (4%)

Manta’s data provides a glimmer of hope for small business owners and our economic outlook. Here’s hoping 2012 will be a holly jolly year for small businesses.

[Image: Flickr user Kevin Dooley]

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