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independent worker

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Each term in this document is preceded by the word define. If define is linked, there is more information. To search, try beginning your search phrase with the word define. This glossary addendum was first organized around terms Daniel H. Pink used in his book, Free Agent Nation. Additional terms have been added since.
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define business enlargement:
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. . . the dynamics of making an enterprise bigger by planning acquisitions, mergers and reorganizations where its status as a whole is under consideration; an expression sometimes used to indicate expansion of an economy by recognizing the growth of the number and/or size of enterprises within it; an expression sometimes substituted for enterprise development, business expansion and business growth in areas other than size of customer base, market share or business development.
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define choice items:
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. . . articles or units in a collection that are the more desirable or have the most value as compared to all others, aka, top choice items, an expression implying preferable choices above others on a list of choice items. Example: top choices short listed from a collection of choice items, say, when an enterprise developer chooses a couple of places of interest from a longer list of locations submitted by a site selector. Example of a list of choice items: The Definition of Economic Development Collection.
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define confederation of the self employed:
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. . . an ally network made of self-employed people; a union of freelancers not organized as a legal partners but who regularly collaborate about the operations of their independent enterprises; an organization made up of allied independents workers and set in place by informal agreement rather than a legal contract.
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define contract workers:
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. . . freelancers who work on the job between themselves and their clients, customers or patrons for mutual benefit. Their contracts be formal, informal, written or oral agreements. or they may be work arrangements that are simply understood between two parties. Also contract workers can be assigned to jobs and paid by staffing agencies, in which case agreements are typically between the agencies and their clients. So called temps (temporary employees) can be true freelancers, are more often staffing agency assigned.
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define Digital Marxism:
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. . . expression used by Dan Pink to point out that . . . proliferation of inexpensive computers, wireless handheld devices, and ubiquitous (Internet) connections . . . has given entrepreneurs and wanabes more options to be productive on their own.
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define e-commute:
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. . . to commute to a place of work through cyberspace; to telecommute. An e-commuter uses electronic devices or etools while working on-the-job at home, for example.
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define e-tirement:
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. . . to enter retirement but continuing to be productive through the use of the computer, typically, as a worker online; to retreat, as a worker of retirement age, to the electronic cottage while continuing to be productive. The welcome to this share network you are using provides an example of someone who has e-tired as described.
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define free agent:
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. . . a self-determining member of a labor force whose seeks to be on the job as an independents worker; therefore, not constrained as would be the typical employee.
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define free agent infrastructure:
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. . . the underpinning for to be skillful independent workers to emerge in an economy as enterprise developers. Among the infrastructrural elements necessary for free-agents to emerge and thrive in an economy is a nontraditional commitment to enterprise and economic development. In a traditional commitment to the two processes defined the typical institutionalized entrepreneurship development program tends to urge evaluation of enterprise development and its financing potential in light of convincing evidence of an existing market. Such an approach is practical for the real world, no doubt, but it runs the risk of loosing the attention of entrepreneurs set on their own visioning strategies.

The free agent concept appeals to the entrepreneur. An infrastructure that supports both independent worker and entrepreneur needs a tolerance for a certain level of failure. Education as a learning experience from failure needs to be applied with finesse.

What is absolutely crucial for the entrepreneur is to be able to envision a new combination; and as opposed to the static person, this is something that comes easily to him. While the universe of the static person is limited to the combinations that already exist, the entrepreneur wants to move away from these and create a new combination in some part of the economy. Where the static person sees nothing but routine, the entrepreneur knows that there exists a nearly endless number of new ways of doing things (source of quote).

Since free agents workers have nontraditional careers, they do not have access to traditional career development opportunities that are available to workers who follow more traditional career paths. That does not mean, however, that free agent workers do not continue to develop their careers. Two career development strategies in which free agent workers engage are learning and networking (source of quote)
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define horizontal loyalty:
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. . . state or quality of allegiance to peers or colleagues within a group rather than its leaders; an alignment of members of a team or workers within an organization on an equal standing basis with others without regard for a chain of command.
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define independent worker:
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. . . a self-reliant, self-supporting member of a workforce; a free agent on the job; a contract worker; a freelancer -- Wikipedia has an article about freelancers
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define just in time politics:
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. . . delivery of a compromise of public policy in a timely manner. Savvy politicians show themselves to be skilled compromisers as they . . . assemble the right coalition for the right task (source of quote) in order to get something done in a timely manner -- more information with search suggestions under; jobs and just-in-time politics.
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define lean:
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. . . a focus on eliminating waste of resources and materials as well as needless steps in doing something with the continuous management of lean implementations added thereafter. The focus is on a value stream. Culling out non-value added steps (waste) allows for zeroing in on on value added steps, thus creating and controlling a continuous flow at maximum efficiency. Lean involves continuous improvement, pursuit of excellence and quality initiative, and continuous improvement. Lean is driven by voice of the customer combined with a profit motivation.
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define nanocorp:
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. . . the smallest of small enterprises, e.g. Economic Development Services, Inc.
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define peter-out principle:
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. . . alteration of the Peter Principle in order to point out that independents workers come from the ranks of employees who realize that they have risen in their careers to a point where they no longer enjoying their work. The website, Business Know-How, has an article titled Business Execution: 10 Reasons Why Getting Things Done is So Hard which poses a question about talented workers . . . walking out of organizations where they are no longer challenged or inspired (source of quote).
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define profitization:
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. . . yielding a profit. To profitize is to change from a position of loss or break even to one where a net becomes available or is received in excess of original cost input. A simple formula for profit yield is income minus the total cost of producing it.
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define pulling hair out metaphor:
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. . . a moment of frustration expressed as the pulling one's hair out. For example, a business owner may be in a frenzy because a major customer is complaining about product quality and cost. In such a situation the owner might say; I'm pulling my hair out! If not using the expression as a metaphor, the example owner might be identifying the tic that is an irresistible pulling of body, facial or scalp hair know as Trichotillomania.
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define Tailorism:
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. . . drawn from the name Frederick Winslow Taylor, a mechanical engineer who focused his attention on operational efficiencies, application of the notion in mass production that one size fits all. The term mass customization spans between Tailorism and taylor-made. Mass customization refers to production controlled by computers that facilitate individualization. For example, CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) technology that facilitates flexible, cost efficient changeover such as setup reduction time.
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define self-employed:
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. . . describes a freelancer in contrast to a worker in the employment of another person or enterprise. Self-employment generally means enterprising engagement in commercial activity as a sole proprietor or partner as well as being an independent.
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define SOHO:
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. . . acronym for Small Office/Home Office. SOHOs are locations for independent worker. and e-commuters. They are typically electronic cottages.
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The glossary is a resource of the Enterprise & Economic Development Library.

Document name: Independent Worker (definition of independent worker)

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