The Great Resignation has led to a wave of self-startups, especially in the Southeast

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The Great Resignation has not only freed workers from their employers, but it has sparked a boom in small businesses across the country, especially in the Southeast.

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They a. are among the conclusions of Survey Software-as-a-Service Platform by Zapier. New business creation is 50% higher than pre-pandemic, it found, because American entrepreneurs want to take advantage of times when starting a small business is less expensive and many workers avoid a return to larger offices.

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According to Zapier, the startup boom has also been accelerated by the ongoing pandemic, which has forced layoffs, furloughs and business closures.

Of the 2,000 new entrepreneurs surveyed, 77% said new free time due to the pandemic was key to starting their new business, and 57% said they did it to make more money. A little over half (52%) either had no prior business experience or had previously freelanced.

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New e-commerce businesses led (37%), followed by personal services (25%), professional services consulting (22%) and retail with physical location (16%).

The startup mindset was most pronounced in the Southeast – the percentage growth in new business creation between 2019 and 2021, topped by Mississippi (up 124%), Georgia (up 101%), South Carolina (up 93%), Louisiana (up 91) Was. %) and Alabama (up 87%). According to Zapier’s chief executive, the dramatic increase was driven by less overall disruption of businesses due to a more laissez-faire approach to government regulations related to the pandemic, as well as a greater need in the sector for alternative sources of income. Wade Foster.

According to Zapier, building a web site (80%) and selling via social media (75%) was considered easier than it was three years ago.

Foster said the wave of startups reflects serious self-evaluation by employees who not only crave change, but want to protect themselves from the coronavirus and its unspooling line.

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