SOURCE: SurePayroll

SurePayroll

December 21, 2015 07:00 ET

Small Businesses Respond to Interest Rate Hike

45% See It as Having No Impact

GLENVIEW, IL--(Marketwired - December 21, 2015) - As the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, 45% said it would have no impact, according to the December 2015 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard.

Those in the financial services industry said it may actually help, as it could increase the cash value of life insurance policies, for instance.

Some said higher rates would make it more difficult to take out lines of credit and those in real estate worried about the cost of borrowing for home buyers. However, many entrepreneurs and startup founders are using non-bank alternative sources of lending or borrowing from friends and family. 

For the majority of small businesses, it appears the quarter of a percent raise in rates won't make a significant difference, as 61% said they have not benefited from the low rate environment. Still, 39% said it facilitated things like better cash flow and hiring more staff.

"Certainly affordable access to capital is a positive for someone trying to grow a business, and hopefully that will continue as rates are still relatively low," said SurePayroll General Manager Andy Roe. "On the other hand, many small businesses only have a few employees with small offices, or offices in their homes, so they don't tend to do much borrowing. For them, it's probably business as usual." 

In other findings from the SurePayroll survey, 66% of small businesses said they were profitable in 2015, compared to 61% in 2014. Looking forward to the new year, 64% are forecasting increased profitability. 

An infographic with the full results of the Scorecard survey is available on the SurePayroll blog.

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