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90% of office workers want to run their own business: poll

2017/09/26 18:02:35

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Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) More than 90 percent of office workers have had the idea of starting their own business, but only 33 percent have taken action, according to a survey released Tuesday by an online job bank.

According to the survey on office workers' business startup planning, 93.6 percent of the respondents said they have come up with an idea of starting a business, a record high since the survey was first conducted six years ago.

Asked when such an idea crossed their minds, 21.6 percent said it was during school, 19.8 percent said it was in the period after three or four years at work and 19 percent said it was after 10 years at work.

The most popular types of startups are coffee and tea shops (39.6 percent), bakeries (38.2 percent), restaurants and catering services (36.4 percent), apparel and accessory stores (25.2 percent) and art design and cultural and creative studios (20.3 percent), according to the poll.

However, only 32.8 percent of those wanting to start a business have actually taken action, while only 35.8 percent of those running their own business said they have recouped their startup costs.

The survey, conducted among adults from Sept. 7 to Sept. 20, collected 1,366 valid questionnaires, with a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.65 percentage points, the job bank said.

(By Chiu Po-sheng and Evelyn Kao)