University of Phoenix has released the results of their latest online survey (conducted by Harris Interactive ) of more than 1,600 U.S. employed adults, which showed that 51% of working American adults currently own or want to own their own business. Workers who don’t currently own a business, 55% of them who are in their 20s hope to do so in the future, followed by 48% of workers in their 30s and 36% in their 40s.
Second jobs / freelancing seems to be leading more workers to also consider entrepreneurship later in their careers. In fact, 39% of workers in their 50s and 26% of workers age 60 or older who do not own a business, want to do so in the future.
80% of working adults identify things that they would do differently if they were in charge of their workplaces. The top change would be providing more training and education opportunities for employees , create a more flexible work environment, such a flex hours or working from home, rely more on teamwork and collaboration, and finally hire better-qualified employees.
More than 9-in-ten (91%) managers, directors and c-level employees say they are or would be a great boss compared to 72% of workers in other positions. 89% of managers, directors and c-level employees call their leadership skills “exceptional” compared to 73% of other workers, while 68% of workers believe they are smarter than their co-workers.
The survey was conducted online within the US between April 18-26, 2013, among 1,616 U.S. adults age 18 or older who are full-time, part-time, or self-employed. The data include over-samples in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Francisco, and Atlanta.