University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0695
Survey Title Survey on State of New Business Start-ups (special surveys), 2009
Depositor Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute
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Summary The National Life Finance Corporation Research Institute (formerly, the Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute) has conducted the “Survey on the State of New Business Start-ups” continuously since 1969 for the purpose of apprehending the state of new business. Since 1991, it has been conducted annually, resulting in the accumulation of data such as age at the start of new business and start-up costs, which can be used for time series comparisons, as well as the carrying out of analyses from a variety of viewpoints.

This year (2009), it takes up the topic of work-life balance.

Recently, work-life balance has been the subject of much discussion, but most of it relates to how employees work, and little discussion has company managers in mind. So, this survey focuses on work-life balance among start-up entrepreneurs who have chosen to operate a new business. Do entrepreneurs feel that their work-life balance has improved, and what factors affect their work-life balance? To answer these questions, the “Survey on State of New Business Start-ups (special surveys)” was conducted to investigate changes to work-life balance among entrepreneurs before and after starting their business.

The “Survey on State of New Business Start-ups, 2009” (SSJDA survey number 0694), as conducted every year, examines companies that have been trading for one year or less at the point of funding, whereas the “Survey on State of New Business Start-ups (special surveys), 2009” stored here includes companies that have been trading for five years or less. Accordingly, the special surveys include individual data from the general surveys.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe New start-ups
Unit of Observation Organization
Sample Size Sample size: 10,776, number of valid responses: 2,541 (valid response rate: 23.6%)
Date of Collection 2009-08-01 ~ 2009-08-01
Time Period 2009 ~ 2009
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Non-probability: Availability
10,776 companies within five years of startup (including companies yet to start trading) at the time of financing from among the companies financed by the National Life Finance Corporation (today, the Japan Finance Corporation Micro Business and Individual Unit) between April and September 2008.

(Note) Real estate rental businesses have been excluded from the sample.
(Note) The target sample also include respondents for the “Survey on State of New Business Start-ups, 2009” (SSJDA survey number 0694) (companies that had been trading for one year or less).
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Mail survey (anonymous questionnaire)
Investigator Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0695
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items The survey items are the same as in the “Survey on State of New Business Start-ups, 2009.”

(1) Business overview
Management type (at start-up/now), breakdown of number of employees (at start-up/now), industry, population size of main business location, main business location (whether respondent’s home or not), franchise/chain affiliation, whether it is a venture business or new business, novelty of business contents, comparison with competitors on quality/price of products and services, current monthly sales, target monthly sales before start-up, current state of sales, current profitability/time when respondent began generally turning a profit, current business conditions, whether respondent has added or changed business contents since start-up, level of satisfaction with current business performance, intentions for future business size

(2) Manager
Gender, highest level of educational attainment, occupation immediately before starting business, employee size of company where respondent was working immediately before starting business, length of employment at workplace immediately preceding start-up, relationship between workplace immediately preceding start-up and current business, how respondent left workplace immediately preceding start-up, things carried over from the workplace, number of companies respondent worked at before start-up, experience of working in the related field/number of years of experience, novelty of business contents (compared to experience of working in the related field)

(3) History leading to start-up, etc.
Month and year/age when respondent began preparations for start-up, month and year/age of start-up, motivation to start business, trigger for going ahead with starting business, selection of start-up location (distance from customers, distance from suppliers, relation to birthplace/home situation), presence of a start-up plan/period when the plan was prepared, breakdown of start-up costs, breakdown of sources for procuring start-up costs

(4) State of family and income
Marital status, spouse’s occupation (before start-up/now), number of family members (before start-up/now), average monthly take-home incomes of manager and family (before start-up/now), changes triggered by start-up

(5) Lifestyle and workstyle
State before start-up (degree of freedom to decide working hours, sense of enrichment from work, working hours per week, commuting time, number of days off per month, hours of sleep per day, work-related stress)

Current state (degree of freedom to decide working hours, sense of enrichment from work, working hours per week, commuting time, number of days off per month, hours of sleep per day, work-related stress)

Time spent working/time spent for daily life (desired change for time use before start-up, change after start-up, desired change now)

State of work-life balance before start-up and now, change to work-life balance after start-up, priority of work and life

Level of satisfaction before start-up and now (income/work/life/work-life balance)
Date of Release 2010/09/09
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Topics in SSJDA Economy/Industry/Management
Version 1 : 2010-09-09
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.