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March 19, 2009


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Avery Gerner

The recession brought about the fall of large companies and conglomerates. But it also opened the opportunity for new businesses to rise up and take the stage. The teetering economic balance left businesses looking for ways to trim down on costs, while maintaining the same level of productivity. Suddenly, vertical industry sites have become an avenue for companies to outsource their work to freelance contractors. The prospect of working and earning money in the convenience of a home is very inviting. Riding along with that is the chance for companies to save up on labor money and keep the ship afloat.

Boise Relocation

This is interesting, because, just coming out of high school and finding no work in my city for an unexperienced graduate, I was compelled to start my own company as well, which is actually currently picking up. To me, the recession was a bit of a blessing, providing me with the motivation to create my own work.

George Tallabas

One of the benefits of a recession or depression is that it breeds creativity! Great post.


Interesting, we did a similar piece.


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