Micropreneurs - generally defined as people who work for themselves or run businesses with fewer than 5 employees - has been getting a lot press lately. Articles include:
Why People Want to Be Micro-Entrepreneurs: From Fast Company Co.Exist, this article covers a survey by micro-task site Fivvr on why people want to be micropreneurs. The top reasons are job independence, frustration with the 9 to 5 grind and the money.
The Rise of the Micro Entrepreneurship Economy: Also from Fast Company Co.Exist, it discusses why people want to be micropreneurs from a qualitative and trends point of view.
Here Comes the Corporate Brain Drain: From Information Week, this covers the risk to corporate IT shops that they may lose a lot of their best performers to independent work.
Why Micropreneurship May Be the Key to Job Creation: A Huffington Post article that interviews the CEO of Task Rabbit, a micro-job site.
Can the Rise of Micropreneurs Force Companies to be More Humane: Yet another Fast Company Co.Exist article (they really like this topic). It argues companies are going to have to treat their employees better or lose them to independent work.
Side-hustlin': From MTV's Scratch Gen Y marketing agency the article describes the side businesses that Gen Yers are building, alongside the regular work they do, to make more money, fulfill their dreams, or maximize their potential in ways that their 9-to-5 might not be able to.
My Mom is a Micro-Preneur: Very nice story on a 9 year old Bolivian Boy's perspective on his mother being a micro-preneur.
We're in the process of crunching the data from the 2nd Annual MBO Partners State of Independence study survey. This survey is designed to identify and profile micropreneurs (we call them independent workers).
We will be reporting on our findings in the coming weeks.