The irrational benefits of small business ownership : constructing economic well-being in business-owning households

Carter, Sara and Alsos, Gry and Ljunggren, Elisabet (2015) The irrational benefits of small business ownership : constructing economic well-being in business-owning households. In: Small Business in a Global Economy. Praeger, Santa Barbara, CA, pp. 49-70. ISBN 978-1-4408-3015-0

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    Abstract

    Although the small business research domain has developed extensively over the past thirty years, there are still many gaps in our knowledge. One of the poorly understood areas is the benefits or rewards of small business ownership for the individual business owner, their families and households. The benefits of starting a business are popularly assumed to be primarily financial; however, research shows that start-up motivations are much broader: autonomy, flexibility, freedom and control are more commonly cited reasons than financial rewards for starting a business. Hence, the benefits of small business ownership include both financial rewards, such as profit, as well as non-financial rewards, for example a greater sense of autonomy and satisfaction derived from being one’s own boss.