At least that’s what Entrepreneur.com writer, Carol Tice, proclaims. After all the recession doom and gloom we’re heard this past year, it appears there’s some good news for small business owners and those currently considering launching startups of their own. Tice share four indicators that demonstrate the economy just may be on the upswing:
1. Increase in small-business hiring.
While unemployment may still be high, small businesses have been hiring more. Tice reports, “Firms with less than 50 workers pink-slipped 3 million people in the past two years. But in the past nine months, the trend turned, and 200,000 people have been hired back. Particularly strong are service-sector businesses, which did 91 percent of the small-business hiring in November .”
2. Decrease in small-business bankruptcies.
There’s no question that bankruptcies are down, indicating that many that were once flailing are finally finding their footing.
3. Growth in marketing budgets.
When streamlining budgets, marketing is unfortunately one of the first things to feel the pinch. But reports show that marketing spending has increased. In one Zoomerang study, only three percent of businesses indicated that they would spend less on marketing in 2011 than they did in 2010, while 17 percents said they planned to spend more. And it appears that businesses are looking to spend that money on more inexpensive, yet effective, approaches via the internet.
4. Increase in sales of businesses.
Just last year, the sale of businesses seemed right in line with real estate—no one was buying. But things appear to be shifting. BixBen.com reports that in November of 2010, nearly 1,000 businesses sold compared to just 24 in November of 2009.
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Tice, Carol. “Do These Four Changes Foretell a Better 2011 for Small Business?” 15 Dec. 2010 Entrepreneur.com