MICROBUSINESSES ARE THE ECONOMY
How Many Microbusinesses are there in the U.S.?
The 2011 data (released in early 2014) shows:
- Total U.S. Firms: 28,175,504
- Microbusinesses — fewer than (10) employees: 95.8% — 27,002,131 firms
- Microbusinesses — fewer than (5) employees: 92.3% — 26,023,138 firms
- Large businesses — 500 or more employees: 0.06% — 17,671 firms (0.3% of all employer firms)
- Non-employer Businesses – firms with NO employees: 79.8% — 22,491,080 firms
- Employer Businesses – firms with employees: 20.6% of all US firms — 5,744,538 firms
- Employer Businesses with <ten employees: 79.0% of all US employer firms — 4,511,051 firms
- Employer Businesses with <five employees: 62.0% of all US employer firms — 3,575,240 firms
- APPROX. ONE-IN-FIVE U.S. FIRMS HAVE EMPLOYEES!
Homebased Businesses (most recent data available)
- Homebased Businesses — firms operated from a residence: 51.6% of all firms
- Homebased Non-employer: 62.9% of all U.S. firms
- Homebased Employer: 23.8% of all U.S. firms
- Homebased Businesses needing <$5,000 start-up capital: 30.6%
- Homebased Businesses needing >$1,000,000 or more start-up capital: 1.5%
- Homebased Women owned Businesses: 58.2%
- Homebased Men owned Businesses: 49.1%
- Homebased Non-minority owned Businesses: 54.4%
- Homebased Minority owned Businesses: 46.5%
One adult in seven adults (18 or over) in America owns or is a
principal in a Microbusiness.
Yet few understand much about
microbusiness owners—their strengths and fears; priorities and apathies; cares and habits; needs and numbers. The contribution micros make is as misunderstood by policy makers and big business as women are by many men.
Even more startling is that those who create public &
private sector policy and make critical economic decisions that affect
microbusinesses and entrepreneurs, know little about microbusiness
owners, their practices and priorities. This cavernous lack of understanding
seems to defy common understanding considering the “Age” we’re in...and
the hard numbers.
We’re past the Agricultural Age, the Industrial Age and the most of the Technology Age.
We’re now in the Entrepreneurial Age that promises to be around for a very long time. Many in this field know and have publicly stated that the jobs of the 21st century are self-created jobs—the self-employed'.
Part of this significance is with 95.7% of all U.S. firms
being classified as microbusinesses—firms with fewer than ten (10)
employees while large businesses—firms with 500 or more employees, make
up 0.06% of all U.S. firms. In real numbers, U.S. microbusinesses make up over 27.8 million firms while 17,236 are large businesses. (2010 Data—released in early 2013)
Links to White Papers and articles:
“The Entrepreneurial Economy”
“The Microbusiness Way of Growth”
“The Hidden Economy”
“Microbusinesses are from Venus: Big Business is from Pluto”
UNIQUE MICROBUSINESS DATA PUBLISHED FROM ISSUESLIVE: "A Profile of Microbusiness"