Why millions of people started a business during the pandemic

During the pandemic, entrepreneurs opened their own businesses at more than twice the rate seen in pre-pandemic times, thanks to government support programs and improved remote technology that weren't available during other economic downturns such as the Great Recession.

Andre Smith, a 26-year-old who lives on New York's Long Island, found himself without a steady source of income at the start of the pandemic last year after the construction company he worked for “ran dry” from March...