I am flabbergasted that neither Calculated Risk’s readers nor, apparently, Calculated Risk recognize that the NFIB survey that CR posts on does not say that small businesses reckon inadequate demand as their only problem. Indeed, as I read the graph that CR reproduces fully 2/3s of small business owners report that something other than low demand is their main problem.
I’m a member of NFIB, participate in these surveys regularly, and read them when they come out. If you add concerns about regulatory uncertainty and taxes together, more small business owners report them as their main problem.
If you add to those the number who view the high cost of healthcare insurance as their main problem, it accounts for nearly all small business owners.