Sobering Small Business Profitability Statistics
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Sobering Small Business Profitability Statistics

If you’re starting a small business then you need to see these stats on profitability, earnings and the odds of being a millionaire.
Sobering Small Business Profitability Statistics

A lot of people start a small business to get rich.

Before you start, you need to know the odds of success and the likely rewards so you can do it for the handful of right reasons: freedom, community contribution, and serving customers.

Three Small Business Profitability Statistics You Should Know

In small business you are truly subject to the whims of the open market. It’s competitive out there and these statistics will help you start from the right footing, knowing that you need to stand out and get it right to attain financial success.

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Are small businesses profitable?

The stat: Only 40% of small businesses are profitable.

While 40% of businesses start to become profitable at one point, 30% start losing money, and 30% break even.

How much do small business owners make?

The stat: 86% of small business owners earn an annual salary of less than $100,000.

As you’d probably expect, small business owners rarely make as much money as the CEOs of big corporations. They usually make less than $100,000 a year, but what’s even more surprising is that 30% don’t take any salary at all.

Will small business make you a millionaire?

The stat: In 2018, just 9% of small businesses made more than $1 million.

The most profitable small businesses make over $1 million, while the least profitable 16% made less than $10,000.

Final Thoughts

Starting a small business is a lot of work.

Your small business will quickly become all consuming because there is so much that needs to be done. Product, operations, human resources, finance, technology, customer service, everything, it’s all on you. So you should do it for the right reasons.

I hope this has helped you get in the right mindset!

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