Some fascinating data out in a new Intuit/IFTF study on small business. One factoid that caught my eye right away was on the rise of “personal businesses”, the kind of one-person shows that helped drive the adoption of Ebay, Adsense, etc.
Personal businesses are a surprisingly large part of the American economy. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, at the end of 2004 almost 20 million Americans operated businesses with no employees. Businesses without a payroll make up over 70% of the nationâ€™s businesses, and almost one million new businesses without payrolls were added in 2004 (the latest available data).