The 2014 "State of the Independence in America" is an annual report produced by MBO Partners to analyze the current size, satisfaction and demographic details of the independent workforce in America. This year's report examines the independent workforce's two major constituent groups: full-time and part-time.
In 2014 MBO completed its fourth comprehensive research report on the current state of the American independent workforce. This annual comprehensive look into the growing demographic of self-employed professionals defines these individuals as persons who regularly work fifteen or more hours a week as an independent. Even with this benchmark, MBO’s report once again found that most “solopreneurs” chose to be independent full-time, taking on more than 35 hours a week as independents.
The move to independence isn't slowing down, even with signs of economic recovery and increases in traditional hiring on the horizon. But what really makes the 2014 report new and exciting is the inclusion of part-time independents. This new group consists of professionals who supplement their careers with “side gigs” that generally amount to less than 15 hours a week, but who still greatly contribute to the growth of the independent workforce.
By including this group we are able to create a more accurate, informative and up-to-date picture of the independent workforce. But while independent work is on the rise, several rifts are forming inside the independent workforce.
The way we work, the way we hire and the way we manage our workers is changing. So what is allowing so many different people, in so many different fields, with various goals and ambitions, to choose the same path of independence? This report will answer not only this question but also much more – including specifics regarding total growth of the independent workforce, and satisfaction ratings.