For many, summer is the time of year to relax and take some time off from the daily grind, enjoying time with family and friends while recharging the batteries for the months ahead. But for many small business owners, this is not a reality.
According to our latest survey of over 1200 small business owners, nearly half of those polled say they won’t have time to take a vacation this summer and almost 60 percent say they’re working more this year than they did last year. Couple that with 70 percent of small businesses not planning to hire any new employees during the summer months (a significant drop since our 2011 poll which revealed that 57 percent of small business owners were planning to hire), it is hard to see where and how small businesses will find relief.
While summer vacation isn’t possible for many small business owners this year, those that are planning to get away say they will still be working, thanks to their mobile devises. Seven out of ten small business owners will be checking their email/work documents remotely while on vacation, with 60 percent saying they are able to enjoy their vacation more because of being able to monitor their businesses via their mobile devise.
“The current economic conditions are putting a strain on all businesses, particularly SMBs, that often times need to do more with less,” said Pam Springer, our CEO.
With small businesses continuing to adopt mobile as a tool to achieve more with less, this is a trend that I am sure will continue well into the future. The only questions is; Is mobile technology replacing the jobs that small businesses planned to hire, and if so, will those jobs come back? (Watch for our next Wellness Index Survey next quarter for the answer)
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