State of Independence

The Growing Independent Population: Is the Genie Out of the Bottle?

By MBO Partners

Companies considering the viability of establishing or expanding a contingent labor workforce program may find excellent support in our 2022 State of Independence report. It marks the second year of forecast-breaking results in the independent professional population, perhaps indicating that the workforce disruption of the pandemic years has left a mark on the way that…

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Advantages and Considerations for Hiring Teams of Independent Talent

By MBO Partners

In conducting the research that informs our annual State of Independence report, we noticed a trend in the late 2010s that prompted us to include a new set of questions in our surveys. The focus of these questions is on how and why independent professionals form teams with other independents or microbusinesses. We began reporting…

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The Great Realization Continues: Highlights from the 12th Annual State of Independence in America Report

By MBO Partners

MBO’s Annual State of Independence in America Report, a yearly pulse check of the independent workforce as a part of the future of work, reveals a vast workforce whose shape and focus are constantly changing. Over 12 years of researching this labor segment, we have seen enabling factors building toward a solid support structure for…

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How to Successfully Engage Digital Nomads

By MBO Partners

The number of digital nomads in the American workforce grew 131% from 2019 to 2022. According to our research, this growth will continue as traditional employees as well as independent professionals embrace an “on the road” work style.   Among the 16.9 million digital nomads traveling and working in 2022, many are independent professionals with high-demand…

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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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State of Independence

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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Twenty39 Founder Speaks at Women in IT Summit 2021

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 Krista Everson

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

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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