Entrepreneurs have the pandemic to thank for their new business opportunities

For some would-be entrepreneurs, the pandemic was just what they needed to get serious about starting their own businesses. In fact, more than half polled in a recent survey may have quarantine to thank for their newest business idea. A new survey of aspiring business owners revealed that 53% of hopeful entrepreneurs reported that if it weren't for the pandemic, they would never have thought to start a business in the first place. And "hopeful" is an accurate description in more than one sense, as more than seven in 10 respondents reported being optimistic about the post-pandemic outlook for small businesses.