Britain a nation of wannabe (web) shopkeepers
- Jul 16, 2010
Half of Britain’s office workers are frustrated entrepreneurs who have considered starting their own business, according to a new survey conducted by PayPoint.net.
These are the key findings from a survey of office workers commissioned by the online payments provider, which also reveals that 62 per cent of respondents would start their own business if the task were easier.
It’s not surprising that two-thirds of the nation’s office workers (64 per cent) believe running their own business would be more fulfilling than their current job, considering how much time they can waste on mundane activities.
Sixteen per cent of those surveyed admitted to spending over two hours each week waiting for their computer to start up or close down. Just under half (44 per cent) spend up to an hour scheduling meetings, let alone attending them.
Office workers also waste a sizeable proportion of their working week waiting by the printer and photocopying documents, with 21 per cent and 28 per cent spending over an hour a week on these tasks respectively.
Online businesses are the most popular avenue for Britain’s would-be entrepreneurs, voiced by one-third of respondents (34 per cent) as the kind of business they’d like to own.
Service and consultancy was the second most popular option (28 per cent) with more traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ retail (7 per cent) and construction (2 per cent) the least popular choices.
The research, based on a survey of over 1,100 office workers across the UK, marks the launch of PayPoint.net Fast Track – a service which provides new online businesses with all the capabilities they need to start trading online in just 24 hours.
The new service provides the industry’s most secure online payment gateway, flexible online fraud management technology, web shop and an Internet Merchant Account, which typically takes several weeks to secure.
The new service enables new online businesses to start trading for less than £100, with new account set-up fees reduced to £75 and monthly fees to just £15 per until 13th August.
About the Survey
The survey was conducted by Opinion Matters, between 02/07/2010 and 06/07/2010, with a sample size of 1103 office workers in the UK.