Female Entrepreneurs Find Navigating Challenges of Running a Start-Up Easier Than Male Counterparts: BMO Small Business Report
Despite optimistic feedback for anticipated growth this year by Canadian entrepreneurs, start-ups in the early stages of growing their businesses undoubtedly face unique challenges. BMO asked small businesses from across the country about initial common obstacles, and those led by females expressed having a less difficult experience on all accounts.
The report, conducted by Pollara, found:
|Male respondents who found it a challenge||Female respondents who found it a challenge|
|Balancing work and family life||87||%||83||%|
|Obtaining enough money/access to capital to get your business going||81||%||53||%|
|Getting advice on how to start your business||68||%||49||%|
|Earning enough money until your business was profitable||83||%||67||%|
|Making your own decisions||55||%||33||%|
|Building a customer network||79||%||61||%|
It also found female-led start-ups experience more frequent cash flow problems throughout their businesses’ life cycle. In addition, they consult their banks for financial advice often, outpaced only by advisors unaffiliated with institutions.
Susan Brown, SVP, Alberta & NWT and Executive Sponsor, BMO for Women, explained how banks can build relationships with female entrepreneur clients to help remedy this trend.
“We see the confidence of the women we work with, and rightfully so given the rate of their growth,” said Ms. Brown. “We can help ensure they continue to feel confident when making financial decisions and managing their cash flow through BMO’s dedicated services like our in-branch specialists, mentorship and learning programs, key strategic partnerships, and credit options – all tailored specifically to our female commercial clients.”
Survey results cited in this report are from phone interviews with a random sample of 304 Canadian small business owners or managers conducted between September 7th and 23rd, 2016. The margin of error for this survey is ± 5.6%, 19 times out of 20. Data has been weighted using the latest census information to be representative of Canadians business as a whole.