72% of Asia Pacific Generation Zs, Millennials Aspire to Be Entrepreneurs – Herbalife Nutrition Survey
- Media OutReach - 23 June 2021 - Premier global nutrition company,Herbalife Nutrition, unveiled
findings from its 2021 Asia Pacific Young Entrepreneurs Survey today, which
found that 72% of Generation Zs and Millennials in Asia Pacific aspire to have their
own businesses. The survey showed that almost 9 out of 10 (87%) respondents believe that the best
age to start a business is under 40 years old, with the average best age
identified at 27 years old.
Herbalife Nutrition polled 4,093 people in the Generation Z and
Millennial (aged 18 – 40) groups to examine entrepreneurship trends across eight
countries i.e. Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea,
Taiwan and Vietnam.
"Many aspiring entrepreneurs are driven by the prospect of following
their passions, and desire to become their own bosses. They see their youth as
a strength, especially when it comes to being technology savvy and having fresh
ideas," said Stephen Conchie, Senior Vice President and Managing Director,
Herbalife Nutrition Asia Pacific.
However, a desire for entrepreneurship does not mean respondents are
jumping into it: the average respondent said they believe someone should have
five years of experience before starting their own business.
"Most respondents feel intimidated by their lack of experience, are
concerned about business start-up costs, and the necessary financial and market
knowledge. This is where learning good business fundamentals; having mentors,
the right resources and a supportive community can help budding entrepreneurs
to better navigate the uncertainties ahead. These important steps can improve
their chances of success," added Conchie.
Aspiring young entrepreneurs
believe their age will help their chances for business success
respondents believe that the best time to start a business is when they are
still under the age of 40, with average prime age for starting a business at 27
years old. In addition, 54% of respondents believe that their age will help
their chances of business success due to the following reasons:
better at adapting to new technology (61%)
more likely to embrace new technology (51%)
have fresh, unexplored ideas (44%)
Key reasons for entrepreneurship
When asked about the motivations for their entrepreneurship aspirations,
the top reasons include following their passion (40%), becoming their own boss
(39%), wanting more flexibility in their jobs (37%), supporting their families
(36%), and wanting a career change (33%).
Cost, lack of financial and market
knowledge holding entrepreneur hopefuls back
Respondents said the main challenges to starting a
business are the initial costs (38%) and lack of financing and market knowledge
support (35%). 68% said now is the best time to start their own business but they
are intimidated by their own inexperience (70%) and feel overwhelmed by the
prospect of starting a business (77%).
Training, financial resources
and business tools can boost success
Among the respondents who already started their own business, 63% said
they are still open during the pandemic. They listed more training and
education (55%), additional financial resources (52%) and access to business
tools (45%) as factors that will help them be more successful.
About Herbalife Nutrition
Nutrition is a global company that has been changing people's lives with great
nutrition products and a proven business opportunity for its independent
distributors since 1980. The Company offers high-quality, science-backed
products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial distributors who provide
one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to
embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through the Company's global
campaign to eradicate hunger, Herbalife Nutrition is also committed to bringing
nutrition and education to communities around the world. For more information,
please visit IAmHerbalifeNutrition.com.