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Flurry of Articles on Micropreneurship

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 Articles include: Why People Want to Be Micro-Entrepreneurs :  From Fast Company Co.Exist, this article covers a survey by micro-task site Fivvr on why people want to be micropreneurs. Why Micropreneurship May Be the Key to Job Creation :  A Huffington Post article that interviews the CEO of Task Rabbit, a micro-job site.

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

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" Our favorite antiwork forum post (below) is from  a Business Insider article on the antiwork movement. We'll have more on this topic in the near future, but below are several articles related to the antiwork movement.

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The Pandemic Accelerated Boomer Retirements

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  This is due to a mix of reasons, including older people valuing the flexibility, autonomy and control independent work provides, and what Axios calls in their article on the study the "persistent ageism" of corporate America.  Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of St.

The Pandemic Increased Interest in Self-Employment

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  Again from the article: "Of the group that wanted to try self-employment, 59% of people said flexibility was the primary factor.

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The Rise of Ecommerce Nomads

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Key article quote defining Amazon Nomads: " merchants who travel the backroads of America searching clearance aisles and dying chains for goods to sell on Amazon. As the article points out, this is not an easy business. 

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Mapping the Creator Economy

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Each of these areas is described in much more detail, including examples, in the Antler article.  The venture capital firm Antler recently released The Ultimate Guide to the Creator Economy.

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Retirees and the Gig Economy

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The article lists the usual financial reasons for working in retirement.   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.

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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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America's Growing Diversity

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  The article point out that white population declines were geographically widespread.  According to the 2020 census, between 2010 and 2020 the white population in America declined  by 5.1 million.  

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The Creator Economy Monetization Features of the Major Social Media Platforms

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The article also makes a good point about the diversity of digital creators.   For example, as we were writing this article, we heard that  YouTube is launching a $100 million fund to attract TikTok creators to its Shorts product.

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

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  The LA Times article  Shower? Cabana rents custom-built Ford Transit vans that include beds, storage, bathrooms, and Internet access. 

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Online Platforms Supporting Digital Nomads

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" The article focuses on the challenges digital nomads face and how platforms help digital nomads overcome them. Another interesting article on digital nomads is Work and Wander: What Today’s Digital Nomads Signal for the Future of Travel , from Adventure Travel News. 

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

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The Washington Post's recent article T he hybrid office is here to stay. The Washington Post article's title mentions that this shift will be disruptive.    But the focus of the article is on it being disruptive for companies.

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The Post Pandemic YOLO Movement

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We learned this interesting fact from the New York Times article Welcome to the YOLO Economy.      The article describes the growing number of people who are, in the words of the article, "quitting prestigious and high-paying jobs to pursue risky passion projects."

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The Flying Car Dream Continues

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But as the New York Times article What is a Flying Car points out, the long term dream of flying cars continues to get closer: That dream, most experts agree, is a long way from reality.   Just last November, they had another article on flying cars.  

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LA's Creator Townhouse Community

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" The townhouses are 3 stories (plus a loft above the 2nd story), and according to the article, most buyers use the first and second stories as creative office areas, reserving the third floor as their residence.

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The Rising Net Worth of the Less Affluent

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The article chart below shows the dramatic increase in the bottom 50%'s wealth since the Great Recession. While very good news, the article points out there is still long way to go. 

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The Long Term Shift in Business Applications to Solopreneurs

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  See this article for details on the business formation statistics and the 2020 surge in new business applications.   In the early 2000s, about 60% of all new business applications were from businesses planning on having employees. 

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LinkedIn's New Freelance Marketplace

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According to the article: Marketplaces, which is supposed to launch in September, will focus on white-collar jobs in fields like design, marketing, and software development.

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Social Commerce Forecast to Boom

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Their recent article Social Commerce:  The Next Wave in Online Shopping outlines why they're forecasting social commerce to boom over the next 5 years.   See the article for more information.   One of the hottest investment firms is Ark Investment Management. 

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American Express on The Rise of the Digital Nomad

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  As we pointed out in our article The Wannabe Digital Nomads , most people saying they're interested in becoming a digital nomad won't do it.   American Express recently released its annual Global Travel Trends report.  

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Poynter Series on Journalists Going Freelance

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  They recently released a series of articles on freelancing.    These include: Why journalists are leaving their full-time media jobs to go freelance : this article covers one journalist's freelance journey, which started less than a year ago.    But the article points out more and more freelance journalists are figuring it out.

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

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   They point out in their article on their index that it only covers a "fraction of creator activity"    But they also state - and we agree - that the trends they've found "are representative of the creator economy as a whole."

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VCs Betting Big on the Metaverse

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According to the article,  metaverse related companies "have raised nearly $10.4 Our article The Metaverse is Coming provides more information on this topic.

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The Texas Power Outage and the Rise of Microgrids

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As the Bloomberg article title implies, going the full solar route is still a bit expensive. Both of the partners at Emergent Research started their careers as economists, specifically energy economists.

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The Growing Role Small Businesses and Independent Workers Play in Corporate Ecosystems

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The article chart below, which shows the 7 largest companies in the world by market capitalization, really jumped out at us.  McKinsey's Ecosystem 2.0: Climbing to the next level summarizes ecosystem 2.0 as: In the emerging world of Ecosystem 2.0,

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Yet Again, Flying Cars are Predicted to be Just Around the Corner

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Both the New York Times and the BBC have recent articles claiming that flying cars, in the form of flying taxis, will soon be common.    The picture below is from a 1917 newspaper article and shows the Curtis prototype, which, of course, never went into production.

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Barlow Research on Small Business Exporters

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Their article Five Truths about International Business in the Middle Market covers survey research on the exporting and importing by U.S.    Barlow doesn't include historical data in their article

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Recode's 10 ways office work will never be the same

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At around 4,000 words, Recode's 10 ways office work will never be the same is really more of a report than an article. The article is chocked full of data and links to interesting studies illustrating what offices will be like post-pandemic. 

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Which Colleges Will Survive the Coronavirus

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  His article This Chart Predicts Which Colleges Will Survive the Coronavirus has caused quite a stir in colleges and universities across the country.  Scott Galloway is a professor at NYU, tech entrepreneur, author, and popular podcaster. 

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The Wannabe Digital Nomads

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" The chart below, also from the Bloomberg article, shows that 19 million Americans say they plan to become digital while another 45 million say they are considering it.

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Combo Social Club/Coworking Space Soho House Went Public

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   Key quote from the article: "From its garden-studded outdoor space and rooftop pool to its cozy-yet-luxury indoor bar and club, Soho House Austin has arrived." " The article picture below shows the pool area.

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Who are "Geriatric Millennials"

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Over the past week, there's been a flurry of articles and social media posts on "geriatric millennials" This term refers to the oldest millennials, those born between 1980 and 1985.     The picture below is from the article.

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The Stunning Financial Success of Gig Economy Marketplaces

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  As the Financial Times article Airbnb and DoorDash IPOs leave gig economy issues unresolved points out, most of these firms are still not profitable.  Last week Airbnb and DoorDash went public with breath taking valuations. 

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The Explosion in Seed Round Funding

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The article points to the launch of Amazon Web Services in the mid-2000s, which made it cheaper and easier to start a software company, as a driver.  

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75 Must-Know Statistics About Race, Income, and Wealth

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  Key article quote summarizing these statistics: "On average, people of color experience significantly lower levels of income, retirement savings, and rates of homeownership than white Americans.

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It's Time to Upgrade U.S. Economic and Labor Statistics

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Sometimes we post articles on topics few people are interested in.    This is such an article.      But you should be interested because the economic and labor data collected by government agencies no longer provide the information we need to properly understand and manage the U.S. economy. Over the past week several sources explained the problems with government data collection efforts and made suggestions on how to improve them.

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The Legal and Tax Complications Faced by Digital Nomads and Their Employers

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  A quick summary of the article is if you're working remotely, it can be pretty complicated and potentially expensive from a tax perspective. Thanks to the pandemic, employers and employees have both embraced the advantages of remote work. 

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Most Musicians Earn Little on the Music Streaming Site Spotify

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The Rolling Stone article The Rosy ‘Creator Economy’ Is Music’s Biggest Lie discusses the dramatic lack of revenue for many artists involved in the creator economy. 

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How the Pandemic Changed the Way Americans Spent Their Time

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The New York Times article More phone calls, less shopping: how the pandemic changed American lives, down to the minute examines data from the American Time Use survey to show the changes in how Americans spent their time last year.  

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