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Entrepreneurs excited about the future according to 2021 Entrepreneurship Revival Report

A survey of Canadian business owners uncovers how entrepreneurs are moving from survival to revival, including the strategies they plan to implement to drive revenue and how COVID-19 has impacted their views of entrepreneurship.

August 18, 2021  by CM Staff

TORONTO — Ownr, a Canadian business formation and legal management platform, releases new data in its 2021 Entrepreneurship Revival Report that reveals how entrepreneurs are positioning their businesses to support an economic recovery. The data reveals that while many entrepreneurs are excited about their future, further lockdowns and a lack of funding are placing pressure on their ability to plan and grow their businesses.

Key survey highlights include:

  • Almost every entrepreneur (92.1 per cent) who reported losing customers during COVID-19 is worried that further lockdowns and an uncertain economy will present challenges for them.
  • Entrepreneurs who lost customers during the pandemic plan to win back market share by expanding into new markets (43.1 per cent) and hiring new employees (19 per cent) to help them scale.
  • Despite COVID-19’s impacts, when asked how they feel about running a business, more than three in four (79.2 per cent) had positive sentiments, feeling excited about their future, passionate about, and proud of, the work they do.
  • Running out of money (43.2 per cent) and changing consumer preferences (27.6 per cent) are the biggest concerns entrepreneurs have in terms of their business’s performance outlook.

The Great Resignation can propel new business creation

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many businesses to find unique ways to maintain company culture and retain their staff, at the same time as Canadians are reevaluating major decisions in their lives. More than half of entrepreneurs (54.6 per cent) surveyed held corporate jobs before launching their own businesses, pointing to a positive shift in the perception of entrepreneurship as a source of income and employment.

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“Entrepreneurs are among the most resilient members of our business community. They are the people we aspire to be,” said Shadi McIsaac, CEO and Co-Founder of Ownr. “As we look towards economic recovery, it’s clear that Canadian entrepreneurs are still uncertain about the future and they might need some continued assistance to keep their businesses afloat during this challenging time.”

Storefront presences are shrinking

Amid widespread lockdowns across the country, many new businesses were born online while small business owners focused on investing in building their digital presence. Three out of four (76.9 per cent) entrepreneurs said their business had a presence online, with 30.3 per cent operating exclusively online. More than half of entrepreneurs (56.4 per cent) who run their businesses fully online do not plan to open a physical retail location in the near future, pointing to a potential risk in the revival of the vibrant storefronts that make up our communities.

“Ownr data has provided remarkable insights into how the pandemic has influenced the perception of future opportunities and hurdles among entrepreneurs,” said Shane Murphy, Chief Operating Officer of Ownr. “This survey cements what we believe are their top concerns as we support entrepreneurs in the early phases of business ownership, and throughout their growth.”