Crafting self: promoting the making self in the creative micro-economy
The primary aim of this project was to determine how online distribution is changing the environment for operating a creative micro-enterprise, and with it, the larger relationship between public and private spheres. A key research question was - what are the ‘self-making’ skills required to...
Not simply business as usual
This report provides insights from Money For Jam, a micro-enterprise initiative for older women.
Growing the UK's creative industries: what creative enterprises need to thrive and grow
The creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK economy. This report aims to get to the heart of the issue: what do creative enterprises understand by growth, how fast are they growing, and what prevents them from growing more?
The second age of small: understanding the economic impact of micro businesses
The UK’s micro business population is booming. Defined as firms with 0-9 employees, there are now 5m such businesses in the UK, up from 3.5m in 2000. In contrast, the populations of all other firm sizes have either increased only marginally or fallen over the...
Contingent workforce: size, characteristics, earnings, and benefits
Millions of workers do not have standard work arrangements—permanent jobs with a traditional employer-employee relationship. Rather, they are in temporary, contract, or other forms of non-standard employment arrangements in which they may not receive employer-provided retirement and health benefits, or have safeguards such as job-protected...
Breaking the mould: how Etsy and online craft marketplaces are changing the nature of business
This report shows that those using online craft marketplaces appear to differ from conventional business owners in many ways – not just in terms of who they are and where they come from, but also how they run their businesses and interact with customers and...
Being around other women makes you brave: evaluation of Stepping Stones, a micro-business program for women from refugee and migrant backgrounds
An evaluation of a micro-business program for women from refugee and migrant backgrounds shows the importance of recognising existing skills while building knowledge about Australia's regulatory systems. Stepping Stones, a micro-business program for women of refugee and migrant backgrounds, was launched by the Brotherhood of...
Salvation in a start-up? The origins and nature of the self-employment boom
The UK is experiencing a boom in microbusinesses and self-employment. Today there are 600,000 more microbusinesses (firms with zero to nine employees) in existence than there were when the recession first began in 2008, and 40 percent more than at the turn of the century...
Small is the new big: measuring the impact of NAB's microenterprise loan programs
NAB's Microenterprise Loan program involves unsecured business loans for small enterprises that do not have access to mainstream business finance. The loans are not provided as a band-aid or short-term solution: they are part of a wider program and are offered in partnership with established...