The 9 countries with the most entrepreneurship

Street barberGettyStreet barber Mr. Voi, 43, posing while waiting for customers at his roadside barber shop on July 20, 2013, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Running your own business has its perks — more control, no boss, and choice of working hours.

In the UK and the US, entrepreneurs are associated with startups. But in some countries, becoming self-employed is a necessity rather than a dream. You have to make your own opportunities when there are not many jobs available.

According to research by the UK-based business-networking group Approved Index, the US ranks 41st in the world for having the most entrepreneurs, who make up 4.3% of the adult population. Meanwhile, Britain ranks 37th with 4.6%.

The number is calculated by the percentage of the adult population that owns or co-owns a new business and has paid salaries or wages for three or more months.

The countries with the most entrepreneurs are going through a commercial revolution.

“In countries where the economy is poorer, or where unemployment rates are high, citizens turn to starting their own small businesses where they see opportunity,” Trilby Rajna of Approved Index said. “I am South African and will never forget the makeshift cardboard photo booth pitched outside the traffic department in Cape Town.

“All that was needed was a camera, a portable printer, and a plain wall. People like myself who had forgotten to bring ID photos along for their licence were queuing up outside. It was an excellent idea.”

5. Vietnam -- about 13.3% of the population are self-employed. Vietnam is known for its prolific stalls and 'street barbers,' as pictured here.

58 year old street barber Mr Kiem, poses for a portrait as he waits for customers at his roadside barber shop on July 20, 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

3. Brazil -- 13.8% are entrepreneurs and are predominantly single-person vendors. Almost half of the entrepreneurs are women.


2. Thailand -- 16.7% of the country work for themselves, and transportation is one of the biggest sectors. Tuk tuks, or rickshaws, are staple ways of getting around the city and can earn you a decent wage in tourist-heavy areas.


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