As Halloween approaches, small business owners have named the 7 things that scare them the most in the October 2015 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard optimism survey.

While 70% said they are optimistic about the small business economy, they ranked the following as the most frightening:

  1. An increase in taxes on their earnings
  2. Government regulations
  3. Recession
  4. Employees leaving
  5. Stock market crash
  6. Their competitors
  7. Finding someone to take over the business when they retire

“Small business owners want to control their own destiny, so it makes sense that they would be most worried about forces outside of their control,” said SurePayroll General Manager Andy Roe. “Still, they tend to be very positive, optimistic thinkers. They’re able to embrace the challenges.”

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