Small business bosses lose sleep over money worries

The heads of one in 10 small- to medium-sized companies have their sleep interrupted every night by business worries, according to new research.

A Barclays poll of 1,000 business owners with a turnover of up to £1m reveals that even those who do not lose sleep risk business concerns eating into their social time, with 36% of entrepreneurs working into the evening at least three or four times per week.

Top sleep interrupters were cash flow (34%) and employee problems (31%), with work life balance, keeping up with new regulations, and business financing also featuring high on the list.

However, it is not all bad news – the research shows that experience pays, with only 26% of business leaders who have been in operation since the 1980s having cash flow concerns, compared with more than 55% of their start-up peers.

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