All posts tagged: Micro-Entrepreneurship

Etsy TaskRabbit Earrings

TaskRabbit for Etsy Spotlight: Down East Attic

Since launching our dedicated portal for Etsy sellers in October, we’ve been thrilled to see the incredible creative entrepreneurs hiring TaskRabbits to help with their shops. TaskRabbits are helping these crafty business owners with everything from product photography to social media marketing, and it’s been an inspiration to witness this remarkable partnership between our two collaborative communities. It’s probably not surprising that our favorite thing about TaskRabbit for Etsy is how easy it’s become for us to identify amazing Etsy shops. To honor the artisans, curators, and entrepreneurs of Etsy (and to validate the countless hours we’ve been spending in the TR office browsing their shops), we decided to start a new series spotlighting TaskRabbit for Etsy sellers. This week we caught up with Adria Moynihan, owner of Down East Attic, to chat about why she decided to start an Etsy shop, the time-consuming aspects of running her shop, and how TaskRabbits are helping her get things done more efficiently. Why’d you decide to start an Etsy shop? “I have always loved antiques and anything …

The New Model of Work: Why Independent Employment Is Killing the Nine to Five Job

We’re thrilled to report that Leah’s very first column for The Huffington Post’s Small Business section was published this morning. It’s only been live for a few hours and has already trended to the front page. And no wonder, Leah discusses a very cool and exciting vision for the future of work: no more 9-to-5 jobs. Here’s a quick teaser: The term “nine-to-five” has long symbolized a kind of drudgery that sucks up our lives and eclipses our identities, but it wasn’t until the Great Recession that the pejorative phrase was crowned with an entirely new distinction: old-fashioned. Even as the jobless rate continues its slow decline, the still-anemic U.S. employment market is prompting more and more people to do the math: There areĀ 12.8 million workers looking for jobsĀ — that means multiple candidates for every open position. Summation? The paths of least friction and risk are increasingly leading away from traditional employment. Read the entire column here. This installment is the first of many: Leah’s column is dedicated to topics like collaborative consumption, peer-to-peer marketplaces, …