Small-Business Owners: Working Harder, But Optimistic

June 17th, 2013 / No Comments »

By Catherine Clifford

If small-business owners had a collective mantra right now, it would be: “It’s tougher than it was five years ago, but I am going to succeed.”

Nearly six in 10 small-business owners say that it’s harder to run their company now than it was five years ago, according to a survey of 917 small-business owners and primary decision makers released today from digital-marketing company Constant Contact. Respondents have been in a leadership role at their respective small businesses for at least five years and they are customers of Waltham, Mass.-based Constant Contact. Despite their struggles, 72 percent of respondents say they expect to generate more sales this year than they did last year……