When you think about what makes someone a successful entrepreneur, words like “independent,” “risk-taker” and “savvy” probably come to mind. But, according to a study released today by CityMax, a small business website company, there might be some other, more concrete qualities to add to the list.
The survey, released to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week, which takes place around the world from November 15 -21, surveyed more than 25,000 online entrepreneurs in North America, and found that:
- In general, male online entrepreneurs gross an average of $7,735 more per year than their female counterparts
- American small-business owners make an average of $8 USD more per online sale than Canadian entrepreneurs
- Online entrepreneurs ages 18-29 earn the most per sale ($152.58), followed by those ages 50+ ($102.43) and those 30-49 ($101.23).
- The most successful online entrepreneurs in the U.S. reside in Texas, Colorado and Nevada.
Yet, no matter where they live or how old they are, there are some things that most entrepreneurs seem to have in common:
- More than 87 percent went to at least some college
- More than 85 percent use social media for their business
- More than 54 percent work less than 20 hours per week on their online business
If a 20-hour workweek and the chance to be your own boss sounds like heaven in a nutshell, this week may be the perfect time to explore your options for starting your own business. Events are being held worldwide, meant to encourage and educate both active and aspiring small-business owners. An Internet search for “Global Entrepreneurship Week” should bring up dozens of local and national websites where you can find events in your area, but here’s a quick list to get you started: UnleashingIdeas.org, Global Entrepreneurship Week USA, Chicago Entrepreneurship Week, Sacramento Entrepreneurship Week, Tennessee Entrepreneurship Week, Stanford University E-Week, Northeastern University Entrepreneurship Week and Arizona State University E-Week.
If you can’t find an event in your area — or don’t have time to attend one — you can find out more about becoming an entrepreneur by exploring the below resources:
- Want to start a franchise? Get tips for choosing a franchise, financing you business, hiring employees and more at CareerBuilder’s resource page for franchisees, here.
- Download CBInstitute’s career report for online entrepreneurs, here.
- Check out CB’s articles: “What it’s like to be an online entrepreneur,” “Do you have what it takes to start your own business?” and “The next generation of entrepreneurs.”
Are you a successful entrepreneur? Do you want to start your own business? Tell us your story in the comments section, below.