Survey shows small business owners’ top priorities for 2013
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 10, 2013--
Many small business owners are feeling overworked heading into 2013 with
61 percent wishing they could shed the backroom administrative tasks,
according to the 7th Annual National Small Business Survey
conducted by Staples Inc., the world’s largest office products company
and second largest internet retailer in the world.
“At Staples, our goal is to help small business customers focus on what
they do best,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president of retail
marketing for Staples. “Staples makes it easy for small businesses to
run their business by offering them the most innovative products and
Organization will play a key role in small business owners’ goals for
the New Year to help keep their companies growing and productive:
69 percent wish they could focus all of their attention on their
actual business and leave the daily tasks to someone else
83 percent of small business owners are solely responsible for
organizing their companies
While 70 percent use technology to keep them organized, 62 percent
admit they don’t necessarily use technology to decrease clutter
Almost 20 percent don’t shred confidential material- the leading
reason being it’s just easier to throw materials away
Keeping up with the latest technology will be an important factor in how
small businesses plan to get ahead in 2013:
Nearly half of respondents will upgrade their operating systems this
year to help their businesses grow for the future
66 percent of owners admit it is challenging to keep up with the
constant technology changes
Two thirds of respondents also note that these technological advances
have caused them to change how they operate their business on a daily
Staples Makes it Easy for Small Business Owners
To help small businesses to meet their increasing demands of running
their business, Staples offers a wide variety of products and services.
From the latest in computers, wireless printers and tech accessories, to
small business services such as Staples Copy & Print and the Staples
Rewards program, Staples makes it easy for small business owners to
achieve success. Additionally at every U.S. Staples store, EasyTech
associates provide customers technology services that range from new
computer set-up, hardware and software installations, data transfer and
security, repair and troubleshooting.
About the Survey
For the 7th year, Staples conducted an Internet survey among
small-business owners and senior executives. The survey was developed by
Staples and conducted by Decision Analyst, Inc. in Arlington, TX.
Decision Analyst surveyed by Internet a nationally representative random
sample of 500 owners and executives of American businesses having no
more than 20 employees. All respondents were members of American
Consumer Opinion® online, Decision Analyst’s proprietary Internet-based
consumer-opinion panel with over 7,500,000 members globally. Interviews
were conducted from November 13 to November 19, 2012. Such a sample has
a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent at the 95 percent
confidence level. For more information about American Consumer Opinion®
online, please visit www.acop.com.
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second
largest internet retailer. The company provides products, services and
expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and
breakroom and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept
in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the
world in eCommerce sales. With 88,000 associates worldwide, Staples
operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe,
Asia and Australia, making it easy for businesses of all sizes, and
consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information
about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
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Source: Staples Inc.
Karen Pevenstein, 508-253-0879