The research, by Abbey, reveals that more than three quarters of small business owners have no wish to go back to a 'nine to five' job working for someone else, despite the difficulties of running their own business.
Those of you who have experienced life under a boss from hell will no doubt see the attraction of working for yourself – one of the main motivations for many entrepreneurs. And not surprisingly, the more they get used to it, the harder it is to go back.
Then again, not everyone is sold on the dream. In Wales, more than half of small business owners said they would still go back to a regular job – which doesn’t exactly bode well for enterprise in the country.
Most determined free spirits were the entrepreneurs of the East Midlands, 95% of whom said there was absolutely no going back (is this a sign of the passion of East Midlands small business owners, or a damning indictment of middle management in the region?). Entrepreneurs in construction and catering were the most likely to be happy with their lot.
So if you want to get the most out of running a small business, set up a gingerbread house manufacturer and move to Northampton.