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As reported in Homebased Business: The Hidden Economy, small business owners are likely to be male, whether in a home-based business (about 64%) or not based at home (70%); in addition, home-based business owners are slightly more likely than owners of businesses TABLE 9.7 Total number of U.S. sole proprietorships, 2003not based at home to be married, with rates of 76% for home-based business owners and 72.2% for those not based at home. Home-based business owners were typically in their mid-forties at the time of the survey.
TABLE 9.7
Total number of U.S. sole proprietorships, 2003
Number of sole proprietorships Receipts (in thousands)
All sole proprietorships 17,575,643 969,347,038
Professional, scientific & technical services
Legal services 324,484 27,649,186
Office of certified public accountants 51,079 3,063,764
Other accounting services 339,095 6,405,006
Architectural services 68,163 4,639,593
Engineering services 95,922 4,831,303
Drafting, building inspection and geophysical surveying 41,901 1,012,580
Surveying and mapping (except geophysical) services 15,034 647,042
Testing laboratories 3,080 72,843
Specialized design services 159,875 5,025,333
Computer systems design services 234,926 7,143,506
Management, scientific and technical consulting 589,950 24,001,543
Scientific research and development services 33,161 564,199
Advertising and related services 92,443 4,830,733
Market research and public opinion polling 26,212 1,057,364
Other professional and technical services 368,420 15,978,294
Administrative and support services 1,433,426 36,117,451
Waste management and remediation services 22,442 1,164,421
Educational services 326,443 4,155,635
Health care and social assistance
Physicians (except mental health specialists) 178,871 25,989,675
Physicians (mental health specialists) 24,409 1,978,299
Dentists 95,536 25,366,750
Chiropractors 28,950 3,756,135
Optometrists 16,006 2,603,483
Mental health practitioners and social therapists 143,813 5,715,529
Podiatrists 7,650 650,945
Outpatient care centers and other health practitioners 99,270 2,278,126
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 18,425 1,404,384
Home health care services 114,427 1,645,182
Other services (including ambulance services, blood banks) 30,651 689,575
Hospital services 6,176 03,583
Nursing and residential care facilities 54,217 2,400,695
Social assistance 95,996 1,246,162
Child day care services 606,038 6,931,928
Information
Publishing industries 61,348 1,927,882
Motion picture and sound recording 61,930 1,972,154
Broadcasting and telecommunications 36,118 1,382,339
Information services and data processing services 77,150 1,705,519
Wholesale trade
Durable goods, (including machinery, wood, metals, etc.) 190,524 22,381,553
Nondurable goods, (including food, fiber, chemicals, etc.) 169,511 20,658,107
Retail trade
Motor vehicle and parts dealers 126,034 33,371,057
Furniture and home furnishing stores 55,594 6,384,327
Electronic and appliance stores 32,785 5,257,972
Building materials and garden supplies 50,939 7,795,929
Food and beverage stores 108,624 31,684,545
Health and personal care stores 118,048 7,360,867
Gasoline stations 33,439 23,984,904
Clothing and accessories stores 103,923 11,915,848
Sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores 150,948 8,777,446
General merchandise stores 31,094 4,580,787
Miscellaneous store retailers 422,688 23,018,888
Nonstore retailers 1,075,154 21,042,740

TABLE 9.7 Total number of U.S. sole proprietorships, 2003 (CONTINUED)

TABLE 9.7
Total number of U.S. sole proprietorships, 2003 (CONTINUED)
Number of sole proprietorships Receipts (in thousands)
Accommodation and food services
Hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast inns 32,116 3,396,910
Recreational vehicle parks and recreational camps 15,791 688,232
Rooming and boarding houses 13,391 764,503
Food services and drinking places 253,853 31,443,622
Construction
Land subdivision and land development 20,349 2,938,922
Residential building construction 357,136 37,960,287
Nonresidential building construction 84,325 7,519,397
Heavy construction 58,229 4,690,800
Special trade contractors 1,763,890 101,115,961
Manufacturing
Food manufacturing 30,876 3,021,165
Textile and textile product mills 6,095 136,218
Apparel 27,077 1,908,086
Leather and allied products 1,652 105,449
Wood products 40,680 2,729,519
Paper products 4,567 180,312
Printing and related support activities 42,951 3,364,033
Petroleum and coal products 899 9,374
Chemical manufacturing 9,995 259,770
Plastics, rubber, clay, refractory, and glass products 19,979 834,849
Nonmetallic mineral products 7,091 567,982
Primary metal industries 3,669 381,799
Fabricated metal products 42,476 4,086,061
Machinery 21,804 3,096,553
Computer and electronic products 9,258 348,151
Electrical equipment, appliance, and components 9,096 984,234
Transportation equipment 8,925 835,385
Furniture and related products 29,243 2,279,529
Medical equipment and supplies 2,418 293,351
Other miscellaneous manufacturing 40,808 1,905,388
Transportation and warehousing
Air and rail transportation 14,574 503,643
Water transportation 4,349 448,335
General freight trucking, local 169,027 13,456,352
General and specialized freight trucking, long-distance 250,736 21,875,973
Urban transit 973 26,839
Interurban and rural bus transportation 941 6,299
Taxi and limousine service 107,387 3,104,899
School, employee, and charter bus industry 15,772 658,603
Other transit and ground passenger transportation 17,513 317,771
Scenic and sightseeing transportation 10,255 205,850
Vehicle towing and other transportation 37,446 1,575,197
Couriers and messengers 157,753 3,438,180
Warehousing and storage facilities 3,651 371,352
Finance and insurance
Credit intermediation and related activities 54,913 3,174,011
Investment bankers and securities dealers 4,672 5,566,788
Securities brokers 27,690 10,746,057
Commodity contracts brokers and dealers 4,965 4,455,966
Securities and commodity exchanges 956 1,086,282
Investment advice and other investment activities 101,645 37,823,097
Insurance agencies and brokerages 326,762 20,995,816
Insurance (other activities) 57,760 2,542,605

About half of all small business owners have had some family business experience, and about 25% of those who have a college degree majored in business. Home-based business owners were somewhat more likely to have a college degree (21.4%) than business owners not based at home (15.6%). Approximately 10% of business owners have had between ten and nineteen years of prior TABLE 9.7 Total number of U.S. sole proprietorships, 2003 (CONTINUED) Patrick O'Rourke, "Total Number of U.S. Sole Proprietorships," in Useful Business Statistics, Bizstats.com, 2003, http://www.bizstats.com/numbersp.htm (accessed January 10, 2006)management experience, and about 20% had previous employment by a relative prior to their own business ownership.

TABLE 9.7
Total number of U.S. sole proprietorships, 2003 (CONTINUED)
Number of sole proprietorships Receipts (in thousands)
SOURCE: Patrick O'Rourke, "Total Number of U.S. Sole Proprietorships," in Useful Business Statistics, Bizstats.com, 2003, http://www.bizstats.com/numbersp.htm (accessed January 10, 2006)
Real estate and rental industries
Real estate lessors including warehouses and self storage 16,728 1,039,098
Real estate agents, brokers, managers and appraisers 673,734 34,016,819
Other activities related to real estate 98,254 4,362,306
Automotive equipment rental and leasing 16,736 694,034
Consumer electronics and appliances rental 1,064 64,281
Formal wear and costume rental 941 41,380
Video tape and disc rental 7,476 842,856
General rental centers 11,269 381,586
Commercial equipment rental and leasing 25,232 1,430,381
Other services
Automotive mechanical and electrical repair 168,775 12,405,736
Automotive body shops 94,540 6,897,434
Auto maintenance (including oil change and car washes) 63,329 4,190,180
Miscellaneous repairs (non-automotive) 365,316 12,488,692
Personal and laundry services 1,104,628 27,734,756
Religious, civic and professional organizations 210,843 2,209,867
Performing arts, spectator sports, and related 876,286 14,934,984
Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions 4,034 41,887
Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries 159,888 4,477,467
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Animal production (including breeding of cats and dogs) 35,201 786,209
Forestry and logging 54,337 7,296,277
Fishing 82,380 2,668,631
Hunting and trapping 9,361 105,930
Support activities for agriculture and forestry 125,625 5,795,646
Oil and gas extraction 97,173 3,232,669
Coal mining 9 9,011
Metal ore mining 3,017 35,808
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 9,312 711,567
Support activities for mining 7,587 445,445
Utilities 9,077 108,154
Unclassified establishments 262,768 3,349,077
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