Staff members work on their computers at Viki's office in Singapore May 24, 2012. Who would want to watch a South Korean soap that was a flop back home? Lots of people, it turns out - something that Singapore-based startup Viki feels vindicates its business model: an ad-supported streaming TV and movie site where unpaid fans add the foreign subtitles. The service plays on a number of trends both in Asia and worldwide: a passion for watching video over the Internet; a growing interest in content from other countries; and the emergence of more sophisticated software to spread the burden of laborious tasks like subtitling. REUTERS/Tim Chong (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

Staff members work on their computers at Viki's office in Singapore May 24, 2012. Who would want to watch a South Korean soap that was a flop back home? Lots of people, it turns out - something that Singapore-based startup Viki feels vindicates its ... business model: an ad-supported streaming TV and movie site where unpaid fans add the foreign subtitles. The service plays on a number of trends both in Asia and worldwide: a passion for watching video over the Internet; a growing interest in content from other countries; and the emergence of more sophisticated software to spread the burden of laborious tasks like subtitling. REUTERS/Tim Chong (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

What Computer? Why Small Business Shuns Technology

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Despite the obvious benefits, most small businesses owners have been slow to embrace echnology to replace many of their manual systems.

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A study by online marketing firm Yodle revealed that although more than half of small business owners use technology for accounting, only a fraction of that use automated technology for other key business operations.

Specifically, less than 40 percent of those surveyed use technology to assist with appointment booking and scheduling, with only 34 percent using it for customer relationship management purposes and 14 percent for acquisition marketing.

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Small businesses also haven't been quick to jump online. The research found that more than half of small businesses don't have a business website and 90 percent don't have a site that's optimized for mobile use.

Overall, the research on the state of small businesses show most owners are glad they're doing what they're doing. More than 90 percent are happy they became small business owners, while nearly 60 percent have no plans to sell their business for at least the next five years.

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A positive approach to work-life balance is one factor that's contributing to owners' happiness. More than half of small business owners don't work more than 40 hours a week, with just 9 percent logging in more than 60 hours each week. Additionally, more than 70 percent of those surveyed take at least two weeks of vacation time every year.

Small business owners aren't without their worries, however. Finding new customers, affording health care and other employee benefits, and keeping current customers are their top three professional concerns.

The study was based on surveys of more than 300 small business owners nationwide across a large array of service industries.