State of Independence

The Great Realization

Why the Great Resignation is Really the Great Realization

By MBO Partners

As a hiring manager, you know first-hand the pain of the Great Resignation. This “post-” pandemic economic trend of employees resigning in droves has hit every industry. In fact, a record-breaking 11 million jobs were vacant at the end of October, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  But people aren’t leaving the workforce…

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The Great Realization: New Data Looks at Bringing Independent Talent into Your Workforce Planning Next Year

By MBO Partners

So long. Farewell. Auf Wiedersehen. And goodbye. Workers across the U.S. have been signing off from their payroll jobs in record numbers this year. While it’s not uncommon to see a surge in quitting when the job market is hot and there are tons of positions available, what’s happening right now is unlike anything we’ve…

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The Rise of the Influencer: How the Creator Economy is Giving Entrepreneurs New Independence

By MBO Partners

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York City and stage performances shut down, actor Marc Winski was left without an audience to entertain. The 34-year-old actor, singer and stutter-awareness influencer was, like the rest of the world, sheltering in place. And he craved a creative outlet.  So, he turned to TikTok.  At first, it was…

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From Great Resignation to Great Realization: Independent Work Numbers Surge in the Wake of COVID-19

By MBO Partners

In 2021, the number of independent workers grew to 51.1 million, up 34% from 2020. Welcome to the Great Realization.  Let’s face it, times are changing and the American workforce is rampantly becoming less and less like what you see in old 80’s and 90’s movies. You know, the ones where people drudge themselves to…

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Meet Tasha- Founder of Twenty39 and Speaker at the Women in IT Summit 2021 on Accelerated Tech Digital Adoption and Change

By MBO Partners

Meet Tasha- Founder of Twenty39 and Speaker at the Women in IT Summit 2021 on Accelerated Tech Digital Adoption and Change

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The Impact of Women in the Independent Workforce

By MBO Partners

Historically, pursuing a career as an independent professional has been a big draw for women. In 2018, nearly 20 million—47%—of independent workers were women. Working independently provides the flexibility to work your own hours, pursue projects you’re passionate about, and freedom to learn new skills, all of which are big draws for women. But the…

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Five Trends Driving Independent Workforce Growth

By MBO Partners

Our 2020 State of Independence in America research explores the cyclical and structural forces that have contributed to, encouraged, and shaped the American independent workforce. Despite the setback that the COVID-19 pandemic had on all workers in the US economy in 2020, we anticipate a strong future of independent work. Five years down the road,…

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Three Independent Workforce Trends in 2020

By MBO Partners

2020 was a challenging year for the American workforce at large as well as independent professionals. However, while independents were certainly impacted by the pandemic-related economic downturn, they were not affected as drastically as traditional workers. New modes of working rapidly became more acceptable, making independent work a more secure path for many workers than…

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The Enduring Growth and Resilience of Independent Work: A Look Into the 10th Annual State of Independence in America Report

By MBO Partners

The independent workforce of 2020 consists of 38.2 million Americans of all ages, skills, and income levels working as consultants, freelancers, contractors, solopreneurs, microbusiness owners, and temporary or on-call workers. Our 10th annual State of Independence in America Report is the longest-running, comprehensive look at this workforce, and finds that independents are a skilled, enduring,…

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Jim Rabon

A Q&A With Jim Rabon: Seasoned Veteran Entrepreneur, Independent Business Owner and Professor

By Krista Everson

As part of our series on veteran entrepreneurs we spoke to a successful long-time independent consulting growth practice owner, Jim Rabon. Today, Jim has entered a new life stage: When he’s not tending to his horses, he spends time teaching on the subject of strategy and operations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He also finds time to advise and counsel those earlier in their independent work journey.   In addition to his long…

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