Independent Young Workers Favor Small Businesses

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“I loved working at Google,” says Jenny Blake, who managed career-development programs for the large tech company until 2011. “In many ways, it was my dream job,” she admits. In the end, that wasn’t enough to keep her there. Blake, now 28, left her spot on the ladder—and the free yoga classes—at the exalted employer to start out on her own as an author and career coach in New York.

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