The government shutdown has already caused some small businesses to lose work and money, according to a new CNNMoney/Thumbtack.com survey.
Of the 100 business owners who responded, 46% said their firms were feeling the impact of the shutdown, including cancellation of ongoing work and less new work coming in.
And if the shutdown drags on, they said it could hurt 20% of their business, according to the survey, which was sent to business owners across the country.
Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com, said the impasse in Washington is affecting small businesses in unexpected ways.
He said photographers, caterers and DJs have seen weddings and other high-profile events canceled because of the closure of national parks and other federal venues.
“General contractors are finding that they’re booking fewer jobs, and janitorial companies have lost contracts in federal buildings,” said Daniels.