NASE Survey Results

Topics that Are Important to Small-Business Owners

Here’s a snapshot of how micro-business owners feel about the hot topics of the day.

  • The Self-Employed Perspective on Energy & Gas Prices

    Jun 01, 2012

    The unstable and often increasing energy and gasoline costs are a constant concern for most Americans. A recent survey of its members by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) revealed that over half of the self-employed and micro-business owners surveyed indicated that their business was negatively impacted by unstable energy prices.

  • Self-Employed and the Economy

    Mar 22, 2012

    The nation’s smallest businesses are still feeling negative effects of the economy, including cash flow issues for business and family, according to a new survey by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE). Three-quarters of the self-employed and micro-businesses owners say their company provides the main source of income in their household.

  • America's Growing Deficit

    May 17, 2011

    Its budget season in Washington D.C. which means Members of Congress and the Administration are hashing out funding for federal government agencies and programs as well as discussing how to address the growing U.S. deficit. In this survey, NASE's member businesses shared their point of view on the direction lawmakers should take to balance the federal budget and deal with the deficit.

  • Can You Keep Your Health Plan Once the Health Reform Law Kicks In?

    Aug 18, 2010

    One big promise made during the reform debate was that you will be able to keep the health plan you currently have, if you like it. To follow up on this promise, the Administration recently issues new regulations on "grandfathered" or existing health plans. The NASE recently conducted a survey of micro-business owners to determine their perspective on these rules and whether they think they will be able to keep their existing health plan post-reform.

  • U.S. Energy Policy (June 2010)

    Jun 23, 2010

    Whether you open a local or national newspaper or turn on the TV or radio, we cannot escape the daily news coverage of our nation's worst oil spill which continues to rage on in the Gulf. In light of this environmental disaster, the NASE sought the opinion of its membership on U.S. energy policy and what key proposals should be the focus of policymakers.

  • Increased Tax Regulation on Small Business (May 2010)

    May 24, 2010

    Many of the nation’s entrepreneurs are about to become more familiar with the IRS. According to a new law set to go into effect in 2012, business owners must report annually every payment for goods or services over $600, utilizing IRS Form 1099. A new survey by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) found that the average self-employed and micro-business (those with fewer than 10 employees) currently issues two Form 1099 per year. Under the new law, the same business will have to issue roughly 27 reports, mostly to large corporations.

  • The Clock is Ticking on Health Reform: What Do You Think? (March 2010)

    Mar 19, 2010

    Companies with fewer than 10 employees – micro-businesses – are asking Congress to keep in mind that a big part of being able to create jobs and grow their companies depends largely on their ability to pay for health coverage. Self-employed business owners say that access and choice of providers/benefits is less important to their businesses than lower bottom line costs. With the clock ticking on a final vote in Congress on health reform, the online poll conducted by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) received over 1,200 responses regarding the concerns of the self-employed about health reform.

  • Are You an Independent Contractor or Do You Hire Contractors? (February 2010)

    Mar 05, 2010

    Along with the usual allocations for priorities like defense and education, the Obama Administration’s recently released FY2011 Budget also includes new regulations on independent contractors that may have a direct impact on small businesses. Almost 50 percent of the self-employed and micro-business owners were opposed to one of the proposed regulations, while opposition to two other proposed regulations was over 70 percent for both, according to a survey by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE).

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs- Do You Plan to Hire Workers This Year? (January 2010)

    Feb 03, 2010

    While Congress and the Obama Administration are hoping that small businesses will continue to be the engine of job creation and spur recovery, the sluggish economy has had a negative impact on the operations and hiring plans of many small businesses. Over sixty percent of self-employed and micro-business owners indicate that their business has experienced a significant decrease in sales and/or revenue, and almost fifty percent say they have had to utilize their personal savings or retirement savings to address cash flow issues, according to a study undertaken by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE).

  • 2009: Micro-Business Perspectives on Health Reform

    Jun 23, 2009

    For millions of Americans who run their own business, health coverage is one of the most pressing issues they face. Over 1,800 micro-business owners weighed in on this online survey to give their opinion on the health reform recommendations being discussed by our nation’s policymakers. Close to 60% of survey respondents believe that the primary focus of reform must be cost containment. Survey results highlight the micro-business perspective on mandating coverage, the inclusion of a “public”, government-run health plan option, and the tax treatment of health insurance.