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Can you afford to give yourself a payrise?

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
09 March 2017 1 minute readShare
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Recent research has suggested that SME operators are decreasingly hopeful of boosting their personal income. But that doesn’t mean a sense of gloom is setting in.

According to the Australian SME Business Sentiment Index, which is compiled quarterly by Momentum Intelligence, they saw a dip in the number of business owners forecasting a rise in their personal income in the first half of 2017.

The proportion expecting an increase fell from 55.2 per cent to 46.3 per cent.

However, this doesn’t mean business owners are expecting their personal income to fall. The index suggests business owners are over four times as likely to expect a surge in earnings as a cut.

The remaining 43.5 per cent of respondents believe their earnings will remain fairly stable.Man pocketing cash

“At the end of the day, it's a really, really important measure of how the environment is for business owners,” says Andy Scott, head of research at Momentum Intelligence.

“You'll get some business owners who just love to have a go. They're serial entrepreneurs. Really, they're not in it for the money. They're in it for giving it a go, and they love giving it a go, and that's fantastic.

“But let's be honest, most business owners are in the game to make more money than they believe they can get as an employee. That's why they're in the game. For those guys and ladies to be able to go and say, ‘Yes, this is working for me. It's successful’, that's a good thing.”

Andy says that with the vast majority of business owners (89.8 per cent) expecting their take-home pay to either increase or stay the same, it gives confidence to the overall economy as well as to employees and job seekers.

“The growth of small businesses means that in a shifting and changing economy, new businesses have to come online all the time. To have those role models of people who are successful and upbeat, and will be sitting there around the barbie, saying ‘Yeah, mate, it's getting better than ever for me. Yeah, I'm really upbeat about it’, I think that's someone we can all be really excited about.”

Hear more insights from Andy on the sentiments of SME owners on the My Business Podcast now.

Can you afford to give yourself a payrise?
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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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