Inclusive Online Platform "Indy" Supports Independent Workers

Editor's Note:  Our community has a good share of independent, gig and freelance workers as well as work from home entrepreneurs. Like many industries, there's an "app" for that, in this case an organization called Indy. It's certainly not for everybody, but does help connect independent workers with each other, with potential customers, and other resources.

(NewsUSA) - Even before the COVID-19 pandemic swelled, the ranks of work-from-home employees, freelancing was on the rise as workers across a range of fields sought more flexibility and control over their work lives, enabled by the latest advances in technology. In 2020, there were 59 million people doing freelance work in the United States. This is an increase from 2014, when there were about 53 million people freelancing according to Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data.

The demonstrated success of working remotely means that independent workers will be key to the future of work, even as many people return to in-person office settings.

To thrive both professionally and personally, independent workers need support and tools to promote their skills and manage their business.

An online platform known as Indy provides these features and more. Indy offers a complete productivity suite that helps independent workers take the management of their businesses to the next level, with tools and guidance for creating contracts, generating invoices, and everything in between. Additionally, their blog, The Independent Worker, is focused on addressing topics of interest to freelancers, ranging from business development to managing burnout.

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Covid-19 May Have a Positive Impact on Household Dynamics

(NewsUSA) - Turns out a lot of us actually like certain changes we've made in our lives while holed up at home since the coronavirus hit.

No, we're not talking about what turned out to be the not so stop-gap measures experts usually cite in arguing the entire world has been forever transformed due to COVD-19. Telemedicine. Telemeetings. Fist bumps -- well, okay, maybe not fist bumps, but (sadly) "handshakes may be one of the last things to come back," the Boston Globe reported.

Instead, a new survey of U.S. adults aged 18 and over provides rare insight into what could be the pandemic's long-term impact on individual household dynamics.

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Pandemic Behavior Revelations

Zach Shulman teaches at the Johnson School at Cornell University, and is the Director of Entrepreneurship@Cornell. He is also a partner in Cayuga Venture Fund, a locally based venture capital organization. Their office is across the hall from The Computing Center at the Cornell Business and Technology Park. We're used to seeing Zach regularly, but with the pandemic, we haven't seen him and many others for much of the past year. Here are some of his views on behaviour revelations he has gained during the pandemic. For more thoughts from Zach on entrepreneurialship and VCs, visit: ithacavc.com/ 

The pandemic has been tough on many people. I would like you to fill in your own definition of "tough" as the range of impact is really wide and I am definitely not qualified to define it for you. Even for people who question the pandemic or are anti-vaccine, the pandemic has been tough (again, define it yourself). For clarity, I clearly consider the pandemic to be just that - a pandemic - and I received my first dose of Moderna the other day. 

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Saving Money in Your Home Office

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Hewlett Packards makes great printers, computers, monitors and other computer technologies.  The Computing Center has been representing HP for over forty years (hard to believe)! Here are some suggestions from HP for portions of your home office that HP may not providel, but can make a big difference in your overall productivity and save some money along the way.

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By now you’ve settled into your work from home setup, which—let’s be honest—you may have thrown together a little haphazardly back in March. Now that you might be working from home for the long haul, you may be looking at some tech upgrades for your home workspace. Here are some things that you personally, and your small business, can do to improve your remote setups while still staying on a budget.

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Working in the Post Covid World

The COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 changed the world in many ways. Its rapid spread worldwide has changed the way we work, perhaps permanently. Now with vaccines rolling out here in early 2021, businesses and organizations need to begin exploring how their workforces will operate going forward. 

We know that the crisis led many companies to make dramatic changes, for example: Non-essential organizations unfortunately were forced to close due to low demand, while other industries had to chance their production to aid the national efforts against COVID-19 in order to survive. Still others were able to successfully pivot and actually thrive during the pandemic.

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