LendingTree Survey Reveals 71% of Small Business Owners Fear They Will Never Recover from Pandemic Losses
Despite the good news that relief is on the way for small business owners (in the form of loans for nearly zero interest), it's unclear if it will be enough to save entrepreneurs hit hardest by COVID-19.
- 71% of small business owners are worried their business will never recoup the losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Business owners in the accommodation/food service and retail trade sectors are among the most likely to fear for their company's future.
- Nearly half — 47% — of small business owners surveyed have taken on debt to keep their business afloat during the pandemic. An additional 34% attempted to seek financing but were not approved.
- 8 in 10 small business owners have "no idea" where to get emergency funding for their business right now.
- 69% of small business owners do not have enough cash on hand to sustain their business for the next 90 days.
"Small businesses in virtually every industry and state have been hit hard by the coronavirus, and some will never reopen," said
Responding to the pandemic
At the time of our survey, 49% of small business owners had temporarily closed their business. Another 36% remained open, but with reduced hours. Of those who closed, more than three-quarters were legally required under shelter-in-place and social distancing mandates.
About 70% of small business owners adjusted their workforce to cope with the pandemic:
- 37% laid off employees
- 43% reduced hours for employees
- 12% implemented pay cuts for employees
Some small businesses may be able to adapt to the regulations, depending on the industry in which they operate. For instance, many restaurants and food establishments across the nation are open for takeout and delivery. Still, the loss of dine-in customers results in lower wages or lost income for servers.
Fears for the future
Among our survey respondents, 57% of small business owners expect to lose at least half of their revenue in the next 90 days as a result of COVID-19. And more than one-third — 36% — anticipate losing more than 75% of revenue.
Emergency savings won't provide much relief for many entrepreneurs, as 69% of small business owners say they don't have enough cash on hand to sustain their operation for the next three months.
Small business owners take on debt – when they can find it
To keep the doors open during the pandemic, many small business owners have turned to some form of financing. Nearly half — 47% — have taken on debt to offset the COVID-19 crisis, and another 34% applied for business financing but were not approved.
- 39% have taken on credit card debt
- 17% have taken out a business loan
- 12% have taken out a personal loan
- 12% have taken on another type of debt
Unfortunately, eight in 10 business owners have "no idea" where to get emergency business funding right now. Of those who do know where to find financing, 64% are seeking funds for reasons directly related to the coronavirus pandemic but are having trouble getting approved. More than half — 59% — would use funds to cover payroll. However, just 3% of the small business owners we surveyed were approved for financing.
Where to find emergency funding for small business
In addition to existing emergency business loan programs, the
SBA COVID-19 disaster loans: Businesses affected by coronavirus can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the SBA to cover fixed debts, payroll costs, accounts payable and other business expenses. EIDLs are available up to
- EIDL applicants could receive a
$10,000loan advance that would not need to be repaid. The advance could provide faster access to capital while waiting for the SBA to process an EIDL loan application.
SBA Paycheck Protection Program loans: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are designed to encourage business owners to keep employees on the payroll. PPP loans are available up to
Several companies and organizations have set aside funds to help small businesses during the coronavirus crisis, and many local and state programs are also providing financial support.
For the full survey findings and additional information for small businesses and small business emergency funding, please visit https://www.lendingtree.com/home/refinance/where-refinance-applications-are-growing-fastest/
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