by Lyle Adriano
29 Sep 2017
SME software developer Womply recently conducted a study to find the top risks small and medium-sized businesses contend with, and unsurprisingly found that many of the risks identified directly impact the sales capabilities of most SMEs.
The study polled 2,261 small business owners across 50 states, and it found that threats to company revenue and the physical store are seen as most damaging.
The top threats to SMEs, as identified by the surveyed business owners, were:
1- Major damage from a flood, fire, etc.
2- A major slowdown in sales
3- Theft or robbery at the place of business
4- A natural disaster, such as an earthquake or hurricane
5- Legal action against the business
“American small business owners fear large-scale events that would result in massive property damage or serious interruption of cashflow,” said Womply spokesperson Brad Plothow. “Local, independent businesses can’t absorb huge costs as effectively as larger corporations, and revenue is always top of mind. These concerns shape how Main Street entrepreneurs perceive business threats.”
Other key findings of the report include:
“Local commerce is a huge driver of economic value, so we need to understand how fragile the small business ecosystem really is,” Plothow commented. “For small business owners, their companies are their livelihoods. There’s much more we can do to protect the nation’s vital small business community against threats that could undermine them or, in some cases, force them to close forever.”