April 01 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Three out of five UK women want to start a business, shows survey

Three out of five UK women want to start a business

According to a survey carried out by Avon, 60 per cent of women in the UK want to start up their own business.

The company surveyed 2,000 women and found that out of those who wish to start their own business, 45 per cent said that they have been held back because they feared that the process would be too complicated.


The survey found that many women feel that they have little time to relax, with the majority saying that they spend 85 per cent of their time working or thinking about work.

Nearly two-thirds of women said that they would like to start their own business to improve their work/life balance.

Only a small amount (28 per cent) of women said that they enjoy their work all the time, whilst a third said that they felt constantly unhappy with their work life.


Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones MBE commented on the survey, stating that business is “all about taking lots of little steps towards your goal”, and that the first step, which is the decision to become your own boss, is the most important.

“Base a business on doing what you love and it will never really feel like work,” she said.

Everywoman co-founder Maxine Benson MBE added: “Too often we don’t have that little bit of confidence needed to take the leap into business. It’s important to remember that confidence grows as we learn to trust ourselves and our ability.”

Claire Payne

Claire Payne is a journalism graduate and News Writer for LSBF. She writes about SMEs, education and careers, entrepreneurship, women in business, and sustainability.

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