Some interesting insights into the beating that small biz owners have taken over the last two years. Here’s some insights from Mass Mutual;
Still recovering from pandemic-induced challenges, U.S. small businesses are failing to plan for the long term, according to new research from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company’s (MassMutual) Business Owner Perspectives Study. Of the small businesses that survived the pandemic, most aren’t prepared for another financial shock: Only 36% are experiencing growth and almost half (46%) report lower-than-expected revenue.
This is the fourth time that MassMutual has conducted this survey.
“As we’ve already seen in 2022, many business owners continue to display resilience and commitment to their customers amidst evolving headwinds and uncertainty,“ said Mike Fanning, head of MassMutual US. “There is no greater way to rebuild and maintain a small business’ health than by planning for its financial future and understanding its relation to the owners’ personal financial goals.”
Workforce issues are the most prominent among challenges facing small businesses. 69% of those surveyed indicated that keeping employees loyal to the business is important; however, many are missing the opportunity of seeking professional advice.
- Many small businesses were forced to lay off staff or reduce hours (19%) or hire new employees (19%)
- 43% are facing workforce and staffing issues, specifically in maintaining employee productivity and morale, and hiring in a competitive market
- 39% are facing supply chain issues, such as rising costs and increased shipping time
- To compete in the labor market, small business owners have offered increased wages (42%), more flexibility (41%), and bonuses (36%) to hire and retain employees
Investment in business owners’ future needs is lagging but 3 in 5 would exit the business sooner if their future financial security was assured. When it comes to retirement savings, only 46% have invested in a qualified retirement savings plan and 54% feel they should be saving even more. About half (44%) have had a business assessment performed in the last three years; however, most have deprioritized three critical valuation factors:
- Knowing if the business will be a sufficient component of their retirement income plans (26%)
- Creating an equitable distribution of the owner’s assets as part of an estate plan (21%)
- Establishing a buy-sell agreement between partners (20%) – which only 32% of those surveyed have in place
View the full 2022 Business Owner Perspectives Study and visit MassMutual’s website for additional financial resources and guidance for business owners.
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