New generation of aspiring entrepreneurs are ready to go it alone

Entrepreneur Seminar survey reveals that post-pandemic job dissatisfaction is driving an unprecedented spike in start-ups 

The Covid pandemic is inspiring a new generation of would-be entrepreneurs to leave their jobs and set up their own businesses, despite fears of an impending recession. 

A survey, of more than 8,000 people by the education and mentoring program, Entrepreneur Seminar, found that 80% were dissatisfied with their jobs and 68% were considering striking out on their own. 

The pandemic has led many to reassess their priorities and career objectives, with 58% considering a change of skills and 55% saying it had made them more likely to start a business. 

Remarkably, 82% believe there will be a recession, driven in part by the pandemic, despite most economists’ more optimistic predictions of a recovery and a surge in economic growth. Yet this has not dampened enthusiasm for going ahead with their own start-ups.

Entrepreneur Seminar surveyed 8,227 people, aged 25-55, with a 60/40% male/female gender split. Most (78%) were employed in SMEs and, of those, the majority were in middle management roles (60%) with the remainder split between junior and entry level roles (27%) and senior management (13%). 

The survey findings mirror HMRC data which suggests that the pandemic has triggered a greater interest in entrepreneurship. In March 2021, more new businesses were created than in any other month since records began in 1989. In 2020, 835,000 new businesses were started in the UK, a 14% increase on the previous year, compared to a 6% increase globally. 

Entrepreneur Seminar found that the most common reason for wanting to start a business was to increase financial wealth (72%) yet six out of ten new businesses fail in the first five years, often because of a lack of a capital. Eighty-five per cent of the would-be entrepreneurs surveyed had less than £10,000 to invest in a business, with 25% of those able to invest less than £5,000.

One in three said lack of funding was the biggest barrier to starting a business, but it was not the biggest stumbling block. One in two cited a lack of business knowledge or business acumen as the main reason that would prevent them going it alone and one in ten lacked confidence in their business idea.

However, the economic impact of the pandemic has led many of those surveyed to reassess their priorities, including those currently out of work or re-training, and the end of the Government’s furlough program has affected many, with 74% of those on furlough saying it had not gone far enough to support them.

Founded by renowned tech entrepreneur Martin Warner, Entrepreneur Seminar has educated and mentored more than 250,000 entrepreneurs since being set up more than 20 years ago. 

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"Entrepreneur Seminar helps you navigate your journey in entrepreneurship. Whether you want to start a new business or scale your existing one. Through a combination of award-winning education programs and direct mentoring from leading entrepreneur Martin Warner, we’ve helped over 250,000 entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. We know what it takes to build a successful business. Now we want to help you do the same."

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