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Three quarters of UK workers would like the freedom to run their own business one day, according to new research.

Seventy-eight per cent of men and 73% of women aged between 25 and 55 had dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, revealed the research by Opinium for St. James’s Place Academy.

In terms of the most attractive things about running a business, 51% of respondents thought that having more control and setting their own hours would be the best thing.

A further 21% thought that better job satisfaction would result, 15% believe they could increase their earnings and 11% like the idea of working from wherever they like.

Adrian Batchelor, academy director at St. James’s Place Academy, said: “It’s great news to see women and men equally enthusiastic about the prospect of running their own businesses – indeed, the entrepreneurial vision seems to be something that unites the sexes rather than dividing them.”

The research also found that younger workers (those aged between 18-35) are more predisposed to the entrepreneurial dream (82%) compared to the 58% of those aged 55+ who expressed a desire to run their own business.

Londoners are the most entrepreneurially-minded (81% want to run their own business) while the Scottish are the least (69%), whilst 85% of higher earners (those on £70k+) want to set up their own business vs 71% of those earning less than £20k.

The survey revealed that employees working in advertising/marketing are the most entrepreneurially-minded (89%) while those in the public sector are the least (68%).

When it comes to perceptions of what might be the hardest thing about running a business, men and women slightly differed. A significant minority of women think that managing the finances would be the hardest thing (30%) compared to the 38% of men who think attracting customers would be the toughest challenge. Roughly equal numbers of men and women thought that long hours (19%) and stress (16.5%) would be the hardest thing to deal with.

Mr. Batchelor added: “The St. James’s Place Academy provides a structured training programme designed to support individuals looking to start their own business with the support of St. James’s Place Wealth Management brand, helping clients to manage their finances and plan for better financial futures.

“As the future of our success depends on a steady stream of people wanting to run their own business to join the Academy, we’re relieved to discover that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and kicking in the UK.”