Small business

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Small businesses on Dalrymple Street in Greenock, Scotland

A small business, sometimes called a mom and pop store by some in the United States, is a business that is privately owned and operated. They have a small number of employees and do not sell many things. Whether or not the law says that a business is "small" is different in different countries and industries. The Australian Fair Work Act 2009 says that a small business is a business with less than 15 employees. In the European Union, to be called "small", a business must have less than 50 employees.[1] In the United States, a business must have less than 500 employees to qualify for some Small Business Administration programs.[1]

Small businesses are common in many countries. Some examples include: convenience stores, other small shops (such as a bakery), hairdressers, tradesmen, lawyers, accountants, restaurants, guest houses, photographers, small-scale manufacturing, and online business, such as web design and programming.

Good things about small business[change | edit source]

A small business can be started at a very low cost. It also does not need to be open all the time.

Independence is another good thing about owning a small business. Being able to operate by themselves is a good thing for small business owners. Small business owners can make their own decisions about what they want to do with their company.[2] However, entrepreneurs have to work very long hours and understand that their customers are their bosses.

Many organizations in the United States also give help to small businesses, such as the Internal Revenue Service's Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource.[3]

Problems for small businesses[change | edit source]

Small businesses often face a lot of problems because to their size.

In the United States, some of the largest concerns of small business owners are insurance costs, high energy costs and taxes.[4]

Another problem for several small businesses is the fact that much larger businesses can influence their chances for success.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Small Business Administration. Size Standards. See Summary of Size Standards by Industry.
  2. Longenecker, Justin G.; Carlos W. Moore, J. William Petty, Leslie E. Palich (2008) (Casebound). Small business management : launching and growing entrepreneurial ventures. (14th ed.). Cengage Learning. p. 768. ISBN 0324569726. OCLC 191487420.
  3. "Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource". Irs.gov. 2010-10-25. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  4. "Surveying Businesses on Tax Compliance Costs". https://www.wbginvestmentclimate.org/uploads/SBTCC_Consolidated_Web.pdf. Retrieved 2011-10-17.