Nearly One-Third of Small Businesses to Hire New Employees in Second Half of 2010, CareerBuilder Survey Finds
- More Than One-Quarter of Laid-Off Workers Consider Starting a Business, Instead of Finding a New Job - - Entrepreneurs Share Types of Businesses They've Started Over the Last Year -

CareerBuilder's latest nationwide survey shows that small businesses - one of the major drivers for economic recovery and job growth - will be hiring in the second half of 2010. Thirty-two percent of companies with 500 or fewer employees plan to add new employees in the months of July through December. Twenty-one percent will hire full-time, 11 percent will hire part-time and 6 percent will hire contractors or temporary workers. Of companies with 50 or fewer employees, 24 percent plan to hire in the second half of 2010. The survey was completed in June 2010 and included more than 1,300 employers in businesses with 500 or fewer employees and more than 4,400 workers.

In addition to new jobs being added, new small businesses may be emerging to serve as a primary or secondary source of income. Of workers who have started a small business in the last year, 96 percent reported that they run a small business in addition to another job. More than one-quarter (26 percent) of workers who were laid off in the last six months and have not found jobs said they are considering starting their own business instead of finding a new job.

"Historically, it has been the small business sector that has created the most jobs at the end of an economic downturn, allowing the overall job market to bounce back faster," said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. "The intellectual capital that companies were forced to lay off over the last 18-24 months was substantial and it is not surprising that many individuals are using their business skills to create their own opportunities."

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses employ just over half of all private sector employees and account for more than half of nonfarm private gross domestic product. They have also generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.

The following is a sample of the new businesses CareerBuilder survey participants indicated they have started over the last year:

  1. Bakery
  2. Board Game Design
  3. Cleaning Company
  4. Computer Services
  5. Craft and Antique Business
  6. Ecommerce retail site/EBay
  7. Event Planning
  8. Freelance Journalist
  9. Handyman
  10. HR Consulting
  11. Lawn Service
  12. Recycled Yarn Retail Store
  13. Scented Candle Business
  14. Sports Camp for Kids
  15. Umpiring/Refereeing

  Tips for those job seekers considering being their own boss:

  --  Take a consultative approach - Use the knowledge from your past
      experiences and positions to become a consultant for a particular
      industry, field or specialty.  Reach out to former colleagues,
      vendors, clients, etc. to let them know that you're in business for
  --  Establish yourself through contracting - Check out sites like that provide contract and temporary opportunities that
      will help you build your portfolio and networking contacts.
  --  Leverage social media to promote your services - Promote your personal
      brand through sites like Facebook, Twitter, and others
      and make sure to include links to past work, testimonials and
      accomplishments.  Start a blog addressing issues within your field of
  --  Think about direct sales - If you've ever been invited to a
      plastic-container, make-up or candle party, you've been a part of
      direct sales.  Take what you've learned from those experiences and
      apply them to being a direct salesperson.
  --  Consider a franchise - Going in on a franchise business with others or
      on your own can be a great way to dip your foot in the water of owning
      your own business.  Purchasing a franchise typically gives you the
      right to trademarked names and materials in exchange for a percentage
      of your profits.

  Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder among 1,372 U.S. hiring managers of small businesses (500 or fewer employees) and 4,498 U.S. workers between May 18 and June 3, 2010 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 1,372 and 4,498, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 2.65 and +/-1.46 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

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