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Survey finds entrepreneurs and small business owners optimistic for 2014

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With the latest job numbers, it’s easy to assume that most businesses closed out 2013 with their tails between their legs. But that’s not the case for small businesses, as announced yesterday, January 15 by Manta. Their End of the Year Small Business Wellness Index found that 72 percent of 1,130 polled small business owners said their small businesses flourished in 2013.

The year didn’t just close out with happy business owners. According to the survey, 83 percent of small business owners are optimistic about 2014, up 5 percent from last year. More than 40 percent of small business owners ended 2013 happier than they did in 2012. What’s even better is that 65 percent of those polled didn’t feel that their businesses had any effect on their health, negative or otherwise.

Part of that happiness can be attributed to the ways in which entrepreneurs and small business owners relieve stress. In 2013, 36 percent found relief in exercise, while 25 percent chose vacation to reduce stress. Other stress relievers included more sleep, at 14 percent; therapy, at 2 percent; and other forms of stress relief, at 23 percent.

"Though I often find myself working around the clock as an entrepreneur, I know it's important to make time for my personal health – I work out four times a week, watch my diet and make sure to spend time with my family," said Adina Donella, CFO of social news network Israelite International, Inc., in a press release.

Donella is not alone; improving personal health is a goal of many of the polled entrepreneurs and small business owners. Exercise, better eating habits, and more sleep comprise 34 percent of personal goals for 2014. Improving personal relationships came in at 19 percent.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners understand the delicate balance between their professional and personal lives, and these goals embody their commitments to taking care of themselves, their families, and their employees.

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