According to a recent Manta survey of more than 1,200 small business owners, the majority (79%) are optimistic about their business prospects for the rest of 2013.

While only 5% of small business owners plan to hire new staff in the short term, nearly 26% are investing in social media, online advertising, and marketing.

Nearly 50% of SMBs have increased time spent on social media compared to a year ago; more than 1 in 3 small business owners dedicate 1-3 hours each week managing their social media channels and 10% spend more than 10 hours.

Most interestingly, 18% of SMBs report Facebook is the most difficult platform to maintain, followed by LinkedIn and Twitter.

Check out the infographic for more survey results:

(Source: Manta. Twitter/Facebook image via Freebiesbug.)