• Changing the Employment Paradigm
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    Changing the Employment Paradigm, the New Definition of Entrepreneur Since our country’s inception, American entrepreneurs have played a major role in driving U.S. economic growth and success. You have only to watch ABC’s reality show Shark Tank to realize that America’s entrepreneurial spirit is as strong today as ever. But as noted in our previous post, changes in the U.S. employment paradigm are about to swell the ranks of the country’s entrepreneurial community with a new class of entrepreneurs that are taking on the challenges and risks of managing their own business less by choice than by necessity. For these

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  • Zoondy: LinkedIn Meets Amazon.com for the Future of Work
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    Zoondy, the elite marketplace for peer-to-peer business expertise, is capitalizing on its recent surge in membership to raise an additional $2.5MM to expand its “Liquid Workforce” solution to 43 million U.S. business professionals. Zoondy is excited to announce the launch of their Fundable profile as they go into a new round of funding.  Zoondy will leverage the power of the Fundable platform to reach investors that understand a shift is coming in HR and job search technology in general and want to get ahead of it by embracing the liquid workforce approach and the future of work.   Zoondy is at the

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  • Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Unemployment






    A recent Forbes.com post offered the provocative thought that Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Unemployment. Co-written by LiveNinja founder Will Weinraub and marketing strategist Dorie Clark, a professor at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, the article reinterprets unemployment data, suggesting that hidden beneath the statistics is the undocumented rise of a powerful entrepreneurial work force that is changing the focus of American business. As the authors note, instead of — and sometimes in addition to — shoveling out resumes and standing in never-ending job fair lines, an increasing number

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  • Unintentional Entrepreneurs Find Satisfaction in Self-Employment

    High unemployment rates have spurred the growth of unintentional entrepreneurs and Self-Employment. Frustrated by months of fruitless job hunting, people who lost their jobs during the recession have been reinventing themselves as self-employed entrepreneurs. For many, what started as an act of desperation has become a more enjoyable alternative to the corporate 9-to-5 rat race. Eric Ewald of Cary, North Carolina is an excellent example of these unintentional entrepreneurs. Profiled by Bridgette Lacy on NewsObserver.com, Ewald is a former environmental engineer for the petroleum industry who launched a pet sitting service and couldn’t be happier. “Self-Employment was a very organic transition,” Ewald

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  • Non-Linear Career Paths Gaining Popularity and Acceptance






    Recent wrangling in Congress over student loan interest rates has focused the national spotlight on the financial burden of getting a college education. According to an analysis by the Huffington Post: “In 10 years, the average amount of debt college students leave school with will equal what the median graduate will earn in just a year. In 2012, the median income for all college graduates was $46,412 while average student loan debt was $28,720.” Debt + Unemployment = Financial Disaster Adding insult to injury, unemployment rates for recent college grads under age 25 is around 7%, according to CNN Money.

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  • Innovative Hiring Practices Will Benefit Workers






    Hiring practices have been in a state of flux (see our previous post). More than one HR expert has suggested that America’s hiring model is broken. The move from paper to digital was supposed to streamline the hiring process, but to many  people on both sides of the hiring desk the system seems more moribund and haphazard than ever. According to analysis presented on ERE.net by recruiting strategist Dr. John Sullivan, out of 1,000 applicants for an online job post only 25 will ever make it through the screening process to the desk of the hiring manager; only 4 to

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  • Can Job Hopping Can Help Employment Opportunities?






    Ever since the demise of the 30-year career at a single company, job expectations have been in a state of flux. Today’s new employment reality is that workers can expect to not only work for several different companies during their lifetime; but they will most likely have careers in several completely different fields. Job security has become a rare and precious commodity; sought by all, achieved by few. As we noted in our previous post, job hopping is the new norm. Once considered a resume negative, the right kind of job hopping can actually improve your opportunities for employment, as Jennifer Merritt of

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  • Adding Up Work-from-Home Savings






    Most people assume that it’s cheaper to work from home than it is to commute to a 9-to-5 job. As we’ve been exploring in recent posts, you can save money by operating a home business on Zoondy, but your actual savings can vary widely depending on your personal circumstances. That said, a recent article on Salary.com offers a good starting point for figuring your potential savings if you decide to ditch the rat race and open a home business on Zoondy. We’ve covered auto expenses, wardrobe savings and the cost benefits of brewing your own coffee. Today, we explore the home

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  • More Ways Working from Home Saves You Money






    Working from home sounds attractive and most people think you can save a considerable amount of money working from home. But the question is how much? The answer depends on your personal situation. However, if you are considering opening a home business on Zoondy, you can get a fairly decent idea of the savings you might realize from a recent web posting on Salary.com which enumerated the average annual costs of typical work expenses. In our last post we dealt with auto expenses. If you don’t drive to work, you’ll need to figure the cost of public transportation to determine the

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  • How Much Money Can You Save Working from Home?






    Most people assume that it’s cheaper to work from home than it is to work at an office. But balanced against the savings in gas, car maintenance and wardrobe upkeep are home workers’ typically lower salaries. Of course, telecommuting jobs and home businesses afford workers other rewards such as more time with children and family, greater schedule flexibility and decreased stress that, while not directly compensated, outweigh financial considerations for many workers. Despite those perks, at the end of the day you have to earn enough money to pay the mortgage, buy food, clothe the kids, take the dog to

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