More small business owners relying on their mobile device, survey shows

Jun 12, 2012 13:00:38Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

More small business owners relying on their mobile device, survey shows

A new survey conducted by Sage North America, a business management software company, discovered small business owners are working more hours, relying on their mobile devices and taking less vacation time as a result of the unstable economy.

The Reinvention of Small Business Study, which polled 258 small business owners across the U.S., found that 42 percent of entrepreneurs are working more hours per week than they were five years ago, and 72 percent reported they are not only working longer hours, but more weekends.

In addition, small business owners are reliant on their mobile devices, such as their laptops and smartphones, as these items help entrepreneurs keep on top of work-related emails and phone calls while at home or away from the office. When asked, 78 percent of the respondents reported being guilty of bringing their work home.

Those who are looking for a way to keep their cellphones out of reach during family time may want to invest in a second phone number, which can separate work-related phone calls and texts from personal calls. It may also be wise to set hard deadlines for yourself - for instance, you could make a promise to your family that all work-related activity is done by 6 p.m.

The owners of these businesses are not the only ones accessing work-related items during off-hours, as 66 percent of businesses with employees reported their workers use their mobile devices to work remotely, and 61 percent of these businesses give out the devices to workers.

"The latest Sage small business survey indicates that owners have not only had to reinvent their business model during the past five years, but have also made significant personal sacrifices to keep their operations afloat," said Connie Certusi, executive vice president and general manager of small business accounting solutions at Sage North America.