Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

Are You Leading Or Lagging The Independent Movement?

Posted on 12. Sep, 2013 by in Blogs

A desire for independence has long been a foundation of the American culture. The drive to ‘have it our way’ is showing itself in a new way—this time in the professional realm. A recent study by MBO Partners provides stats that confirm the traditional way we think about doing business is being replaced by an economy where people seek fulfillment over a steady paycheck.

According to MBO, 20 million people will classify as independent workers (aka consultants or freelancers who work at least 15 hours a week) by the end of this year. While that bar seems a little low, the trend gives insight into what the future workplace will look like—your home office or managed ecosystems like the one provided by Teqcorner.

Only about 1/3 of respondents say they lost a job. The 4 primary reasons people choose to work for themselves:

  • 64% want to control their own schedules
  • 62% want more flexibility
  • 52% like being their own boss
  • 52% want to do what they love

So, what’s really driving this trend? The folks at MBO say lack of traditional jobs and low job satisfaction underpin the decision to take more control over one’s professional life.

Given economic conditions, people really have little choice. For the past 30 years, all new job growth has come from small business. Yet, according to The Gallup Organization, we’re starting only 20% of the new companies needed to support business as usual. The not so new reality: If you want a job, you have to figure out how create your own. Communications and computing technologies enable the economic shift to independence.

It’s particularly interesting to note that women slightly outnumber men in the move toward entrepreneurship. Even more interesting is the generational distribution curve.

  • Gen Y = 12%
  • Gen X = 48%
  • Boomers = 30%
  • Matures = 10%

If you’re curious about what’s causing the different generations to take the risks associated with entrepreneurship, check out the report.

I’m running into a lot of parallel entrepreneurs these days. That’s the trend I’m watching.


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Marcia Moran

Marcia Moran

Marcia Moran helps organizations reimagine what’s possible and provides the framework for clients to achieve stellar, long-term results.

As a Performance Architect, Marcia uses the principles discovered through neuroleadership and positive psychology to deliberately design the employee experience and corporate culture. Blended with pragmatic systems design, these elements free people to play to their strengths while reducing strife in the workplace. As a result, people can push beyond their known limits as individuals, as teams, and as companies.

Marcia is also the Vice President of Marketing for Intelishift, a colocation company with operations in Ashburn, VA and Silicon Valley. Prior to moving to the Metro DC area, she worked as a business consultant for Up ‘N Running and advised startups and small businesses in the areas of management, operations, and marketing.

Marcia earned an MBA from Chapman University. She loves to travel, speaks Norwegian, and unwinds by kayaking and painting landscapes. Marcia recently co-founded Positive Business DC with Shannon Polly and Donna Hemmert. Positive Business DC provides resources to help people increase the levels of well-being in the workplace and at home.

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