Four in Ten Entrepreneurs Suffer Sleepless Nights

Four in Ten Entrepreneurs Suffer Sleepless Nights

Stressed out small-business owners are feeling the brunt of the recession, with four in ten suffering from sleepless nights, research has revealed. A survey of more than 500 small-business owners by Close Invoice Finance found that 44 per cent were having problems sleeping due to worries about the downturn. Seven in ten also said they were significantly more stressed than last year because of the tough economic climate. “It is no surprise that so many business owners are feeling the pressure,” said Close Invoice Finance chief executive, David Thomson. “We continue to discuss the economic crisis in macro terms, ignoring the strain that managing a business through a downturn places on your personal life.” Work Wise UK chief executive, Phil Flaxton, said that one reaso... »

Man screaming at computer

Email Failure Causes Stress

Unreliable email systems are causing ‘e–rage’ in three-quarters of workers, according to a new survey – and small businesses are particularly likely to suffer. A survey of 1,500 employers and staff by Internet service provider Eclipse Internet found that one in five workers has resorted to physically attacking their computers in frustration when their workplace email account has failed to function properly. “In many small businesses, email is set up and maintained by unqualified personnel,” said Eclipse Internet spokesperson Mark Thomas. “As a result, these companies are more susceptible to suffering the consequences of e–rage.” The National Computer Centre (NCC) said that better IT resourcing and management in small firms would reduce ... »