Nine in 10 Taiwanese women interested in entrepreneurship: poll

Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA)-Some 90 percent of Taiwanese women have entrepreneurial intentions and 27.11 percent of them have become businesswomen or have been carrying out their business plans, according to a survey published Wednesday by 1111 job bank .

In a multiple choice questionnaire on their motivations, 41.3 percent of the respondents said that they want to have more flexible working hours, while a 39.8 percent said they are looking for a better income.

The survey found that 35.99 percent of women make a decision to start their own business to pursue their personal interests, 35.74 percent wish to make a career breakthrough, and 23.5 percent would prefer not to work for someone else.

Eateries are the most popular business choice for female entrepreneurs, as indicated by 15.21 percent of the respondents, followed by iced beverage stores (11.44 percent), local product and handicraft shops (10.81 percent), breakfast shops (10.07 percent) and clothing stores (8.18 percent).

Some 61 percent of the respondents said that they would prefer to run online shops, while 38 percent want to operate physical stores. The average income of women increased to NT$57,000 (US$1,850) from NT$35,000 when they decided to start running their own businesses, according to the poll.

The survey was conducted Sept. 17 to Oct. 2 and collected 1,070 valid samples, the job bank said.