Owning your own business may be good for your health, according to a new study by Bank of America.
The bank’s 2013 Small Business Owner Report found 56 percent of Atlanta owners surveyed said their personal health has improved as a result of running their own business.
About a third of owners said they eat healthier, and nearly the same said they exercise more as a result of owning a business, according to the report, which explores the concerns, aspirations and perspectives of owners across the country.
The national survey involved 1,000 small business owners with annual revenue of between $100,000 and nearly $5 million, and 2 to 99 employees. In addition, 300 were part of an oversampling in Atlanta and several other major cities.
Sixty percent of owners in Atlanta believe they manage the stress associated with running a small business well, while only 14 percent feel they do not.
Business owners are also optimistic about their financial future: 57 percent expect revenue to increase over the next year and more than a third expect to increase hiring.
Thirty-nine percent of the owners expect the local economy to improve and nearly the same expect the national economy to improve.
Is your small business improving your health or is it the opposite?