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    Entrepreneurship Is Accelerating at the Fastest Rate in Decades During This Pandemic

    Americans are pushing past the grimness to create and invent during this challenging time.

    Friday, November 20, 2020


    As officials in many areas impose new pandemic lockdowns and restrictions going into the holiday season, things can seem bleak. Depression rates are up, people are fleeing cities in droves, elected leaders regularly violate their own orders, and fraud is rampant in the government’s COVID-19 stimulus programs.

    It’s understandable to feel frustration and despair.

    But more Americans are pushing past the grimness to create and invent during this challenging time. Entrepreneurship continues to soar during the pandemic, as displaced dreamers and imaginative doers spot new opportunities and build new businesses at a record pace. It may be one of the few 2020 bright spots.

    This week, the Wall Street Journal reports that entrepreneurship during the pandemic is accelerating. Several metrics point to this growth, including the number of people applying for tax identification numbers. The Journal cites US Census Bureau data revealing that applications by small businesses rose nearly one-third between January and September, compared to the previous year. In particular, applications skyrocketed between July and September, rising 77 percent from the previous quarter—the biggest quarterly increase in 16 years of tracking this data.

    This week’s report reinforces the trend toward entrepreneurship during the pandemic that the Journal first highlighted last month, stating then: “Americans are starting new businesses at the fastest rate in more than a decade.”

    Many of the individuals currently leaping into entrepreneurship are workers whose businesses were shut down by government edict and who experienced associated layoffs or pay cuts. According to this week’s Journal article: “To adapt to the pandemic and the job loss it unleashed, more Americans are becoming their own bosses, setting up tiny businesses to work as t

    raveling hair stylists, in-home personal trainers, boutique mask designers and chefs. A man in Maryland started a mobile car-washing business.”

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    #2
    I bet this number would be 5x fold if we could break the "Corporate Employer tied Healthcare" <---- still one of the dumbest systems that accidentally became "our system"....

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      we do need to break employer provided healthcare. But there is no way to do it except letting go of the idea of socialized single payer and moving to a true free market healthcare (personally I think that will never work and people would pick single payer within a decade).
      LivingAlmostLarge Blog

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