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The Rise of the Solopreneur Travel Agent

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Fora is a new platform that provides full and part-time independent travel agents with the tools needed to run their travel business.    They recently raised $5  million in seed funding. 

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The Pandemic Accelerated Boomer Retirements

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Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found that the pandemic pushed about 3 million baby boomers to retire earlier than they would have otherwise.

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7.1 Million Americans Work in the Creator Economy

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Welcome to the Creator Economy , a study from MBO Partners and Emergent Research, found that 7.1 million American independent workers (freelancers, self-employed, etc.) earn money by creating and monetizing online digital content. In addition to sizing the U.S.

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Good Morning America on Side Hustles

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Good Morning America had an excellent segment on gig economy side hustles this morning (see the video below). It focused on women and side gigs, but they hit on the main reasons both men and women get side jobs - they provide a flexible way to supplement their income and earn money in response to a financial shock. We also liked the end of the segment when the announcers talked about the side gigs they've done.

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Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy Template

The federal government is developing a rule requiring employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test weekly before entering the workplace. So, what can your organization do to prepare? Get Paycor’s COVID Vaccination Policy Template to help communicate important details to your employees.

The Global Survey on Platform Based Freelancers

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The recently released Global Survey on Freelancing covers data gleaned from over 1900 freelancers from across the globe. 

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The Number of Digital Nomads Surged Again in 2021

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The pandemic-driven seismic shift to remote led to continued strong growth in the number of American digital nomads in 2021. The MBO Partners 2021 State of Independence research study found that 15.5

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The Pandemic Increased Interest in Self-Employment

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Forerunner Ventures' The universal holding pattern: a period of trial followed by an era of opportunity   covers survey work they've done on the impact of the pandemic on consumers. One of their main findings is the desire for empowerment and independence has increased. 

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The Rise of Ecommerce Nomads

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The Verge's Road-Tripping With Amazon Nomads looks at people who travel across the country looking for merchandise they can sell for a profit on Amazon.

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Mapping the Creator Economy

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The venture capital firm Antler recently released The Ultimate Guide to the Creator Economy. The guide includes the map below (click to enlarge), which shows, by category, "the 220+ platforms that are empowering creators to make an income by doing what they love." 

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Tropical Island Digital Nomads

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The Wall Street Journal's  Some People Worked From Home During Covid. These People Moved to a Tropical Island  covers the growing number of Caribbean islands offering digital nomad visas and includes interviews with people taking advantage of these visas.  

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Retirees and the Gig Economy

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According to the American Enterprise Institute's (AEI) The age re-retirement: Retirees and the Gig Economy , 20% of retired Americans also work in the gig economy. The article lists the usual financial reasons for working in retirement.  

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America's Growing Diversity

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According to the 2020 census, between 2010 and 2020 the white population in America declined  by 5.1 million.      And as the chart below (click to enlarge) nicely illustrates, all of America's population growth in the past decade came from people of color.  

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VCs Betting Big on the Metaverse

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Crunchbase's VCs Will Spend Billions More To Make The Metaverse A Reality covers the growing amounts of venture capital going to companies involved in the metaverse.

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What are Gigfluencers?

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Influencer marketing has become a popular way for companies to promote their brands.    According to Influencer Marketing Hub, brands are expected to spend $13.8 billion on influencer marketing programs in 2021.

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Air Taxi Company Joby Went Public

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The urban air mobility (buzzword alert) company Joby made its public markets debut last week.    As with many new public offerings, it was done via a SPAC. The company is developing a five-seat electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, pictured below in-flight (click to enlarge).

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CB Insights Creator Economy Map and the Rise of Content Monetization

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CB Insights is a technology analyst firm covering emerging technologies and tech startups.    They just released a creator economy market map , which is below (click to enlarge).

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"Hotel on Wheels" #VanLife Firm Cabana Raises $10 Million

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Cabana rents custom-built Ford Transit vans that include beds, storage, bathrooms, and Internet access.    Their tagline is "a hotel that travels with you"   They're hoping to tap into the large and growing number of #Vanlifers.

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Stripe on the Growth of the Creator Economy and Creators' Income

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Stripe  is one of the most successful and highly valued fintech companies.    They provide widely adopted online payments infrastructure products and services - including to creator economy companies.

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The 5 Ways the Creator Economy Rhymes With the Gig Economy

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Despite being widely attributed to Mark Twain, there's no evidence he said: "history doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes." " But it sure sounds like him.

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The Creator Economy Monetization Features of the Major Social Media Platforms

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Axios' Tech giants have all become creator companies covers the various ways digital creators can earn money on a variety of tech platforms,  Their excellent summary chart is below (click to enlarge). The article also makes a good point about the diversity of digital creators.

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Online Platforms Supporting Digital Nomads

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Platform Professional's  Platforms and Digital Nomads  covers online platforms supporting digital nomads. Key quote: "Platforms may not have created the phenomenon of the digital nomad, but they are making it easier to become one."

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Social Commerce Forecast to Boom

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One of the hottest investment firms is Ark Investment Management.    Their investment focus is on firms creating disruptive innovation and their stable of exchange-traded funds has around $40 billion invested in them.

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Gig Platform Workforce in England and Wales Nearly Tripled Over the Past 5 Years

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The U K's Trades Union Congress (TUC) recently released a study that found that about 14.7 percent of workers in England and Wales - about 4.4 million workers - regularly perform work via an online gig platform.    They also found that 22.6%

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Small Business Applications in May 2nd Highest Ever

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May was yet another banner month for new business applications.    As the U.S. Census chart below shows (click to enlarge), 500,219 business applications were filed in May.    This was the second highest number of applications filed since this data was first collected in 2005.

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Post Pandemic, the Hybrid In-Office, Remote Work Model is the Most Favored

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By late last summer, it became clear that most companies would likely move to a hybrid working model , which combines increased levels of remote work with in-office work. The Washington Post's recent article T he hybrid office is here to stay.

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Poynter Series on Journalists Going Freelance

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The Poynter Institute is a non-profit that explores "the intersection of journalism, technology and the public interest."  "  They also provide training for journalists and programs that support their role in society.    They recently released a series of articles on freelancing. 

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LA's Creator Townhouse Community

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The Hollywood Reporter's New Studio City Townhouses Draw Digital Creators Thanks to Hybrid Zoning covers a new townhouse community designed for artists and creative professionals.      Quite unusual in LA, the townhouses have live/work zoning approval. 

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The Explosion in Seed Round Funding

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Crunchbase's How Seed Funding Has Exploded In The Past 10 Years reports that: Fewer than 3,200 companies received seed funding in the period between 2006 and 2010. A decade later, that had ballooned to more than 23,000 startups.

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The Long Term Shift in Business Applications to Solopreneurs

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In the early 2000s, about 60% of all new business applications were from businesses planning on having employees.    The other 40% were from solopreneurs who did not plan to hire employees.

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What is Ultra Wideband?

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Apple recently announced AirTags , which they describe as: AirTag is a supereasy way to keep track of your stuff. Attach one to your keys, slip another in your backpack.

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The Post Pandemic YOLO Movement

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YOLO is an acronym for "you only live once", which was popularized by the rapper Drake a decade ago. We learned this interesting fact from the New York Times article Welcome to the YOLO Economy.  

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The Flying Car Dream Continues

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The first flying car prototypes were produced over a century ago.    And yet here we are, 100+ years later and still no flying cars.

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Digital Nomad Numbers Skyrocket Thanks to Work From Anywhere

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The number of U.S. digital nomads grew from 7.3 million in 2019 to 10.9 million in 2020, a 49% increase. This data comes from COVID-19 and the Rise of the Digital Nomad , which is the report on the third year of an ongoing research series on digital nomads conducted by MBO Partners.

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The Anti-Work Movement and the Surge in Self-Employment

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The antiwork movement (also referred to as the post-work movement) is getting much attention these days.      This attention has been spurred by the growth of  Reddit's/antiwork forum , which has over 900,000 members - who are called "idlers" on Reddit. 

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JungleScout's State of the Amazon Seller

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JungleScout provides a platform that helps small businesses find, launch, and sell products on Amazon.    They recently released their 2021 State of the Amazon Seller Report.

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The Rising Net Worth of the Less Affluent

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Bloomberg's The Comeback of the Bottom Half covers Federal Reserve data showing that the less-affluent 50% of Americans saw their net worth rise the fastest over the past decade.

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American Express on The Rise of the Digital Nomad

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American Express recently released its annual Global Travel Trends report.      And not surprisingly, one of their trends was on digital nomads.    Key quote from the report: " 54% of respondents (U.S.)

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Whatnot - A Live Streaming Person-to-Person Collectibles Marketplace

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Whatnot , which bills itself as the best marketplace for collectors and enthusiasts on the internet, recently raised a $20 million funding round led by A list VC Andreessen Horowitz.

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New Business Applications Continue to Surge

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Over the past 6 months new business applications have surged.    As the U.S. Census chart below shows (click to enlarge), the surge is continuing with 492,000 applications filed in January. This us up 73% compared with last January. 

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