When designers and business owners come together to create a new business, it’s hard to know where to start
By MARK J. BLUMBERG | WASHINGTON, D.C. — When it comes to the future of the workplace, it might seem like all of us have a stake in it.
That’s the view of one of the most influential business thinkers of the past century, the renowned economist Milton Friedman, who, as president of the University of Chicago, made a career of challenging the assumptions of his time.
In his 1962 book, The Future of Work, he wrote that the business sector was a “creative and exciting” place.
But, as Friedman put it, “what happens is that when the economy becomes a big business, there is a great temptation to become the product, to become a product that can be measured and assessed, to be a product of measurement.”
In other words, it seems that if we can’t measure what we do, we can at least attempt to measure the quality of our work.
Now, Friedman is dead.
But he made his point in his classic classic essay, Thinking Fast and Slow, in which he argued that when businesses do well, the work is better.
It’s not that the quality is bad; it’s that the economy is, in effect, doing it for free.
The problem is that the companies that succeed, he argued, are those that can use that free market success to create new jobs and improve their own profits.
Friedman is also a big fan of small business.
He wrote that, in the mid-1970s, the “fear that a small business was going to disappear had become so widespread that there was a belief that any small business could disappear at any time.
There were no guarantees that it would not disappear.”
And, he continued, “when businesses were in a state of panic, there was little they could do but try to stay afloat.
But they had the same incentive as when they were in business to try to keep the business going.”
When he left the University at the end of the 1960s, Friedman wrote that he was “worried that the future would look more like the past than the present.
I am concerned that the great experiment of our time will resemble a little town on the Mississippi, where the economic, cultural, and social conditions are different from those in any other place in the world.”
As he wrote, the American dream was dead.
Nowhere has that message been more forcefully and forcefully articulated than in the past decade or so.
As the U.S. economy has been humming along in an economic recovery that has lifted millions out of poverty, there has been a growing concern that we are living beyond our means.
As we have seen with the Great Recession and the Great Depression, the U, S. has been one of America’s wealthiest countries for far too long.
As many as three-quarters of Americans are living below the poverty line.
And, as many as 40 percent of Americans have seen their personal net worth fall since 2007.
The Great Recession has not only created deep economic hardship, it has also caused tremendous loss for the vast majority of Americans.
And it has been devastating for small businesses.
Today, there are more than 1,600 small businesses that are either struggling or struggling hard.
Many of these businesses were once thriving, with a robust workforce, a healthy product, and strong profit margins.
Now they are struggling.
What makes this crisis so acute is that it’s happening in the midst of a wave of consolidation.
In fact, there’s a new word in business that’s gaining currency.
The phrase “micro-business” is gaining traction among entrepreneurs and managers who are trying to stay ahead of the curve in the digital age.
Micro-businesses are those with fewer than 1 million employees, and they are typically located in the fast-growing areas of small cities, small towns, rural areas, and rural areas with high populations.
For example, a company called Zappos, which is based in San Francisco, has been expanding for almost two decades.
Now it has 1,700 employees in six states.
There are about 200,000 such micro-businesss in the United States, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a nonprofit trade association that counts more than 30,000 micro- and small-business owners.
And micro- business owners can be found in all walks of life.
Some are founders of start-ups, others are small business owners who have become millionaires through the Internet, and still others are those who have started their own businesses in the hopes of growing into their own companies.
And for the moment, there appear to be no signs that the next recession is coming anytime soon.
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco recently released a report, The Business of Business, that found that there were 5.6 million small businesses in 2013.
The report noted that small businesses are the fastest-growing segment