In 2010, President Obama said “Small Businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our communities.” The phrase enters economic and political discussions on small and large scales and the validity of which can be seen within Moonlighting. Thousands of small business owners have joined the Moonlighting Marketplace to promote their services and hire freelancers for their staff. They’re both participating in and encouraging this independent and privatized sector of the economy. When times were tough, the importance of supporting them was stressed not only by high level politicians like the President, but people and organizations all over. And the movement has not stopped.
Small Businesses, defined as independent business having fewer than 500 employees, are responsible for more than 28.8 million businesses operating in the United States as of 2013. Since the end of the recession, 60% of new jobs being created were from small businesses.