10/05/2012 08:31 am ET Updated Aug 27, 2013

Start Ups Operating Fewer Employees Worrisome For Labor Force

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — When Mike Farmer started a digital search company in 2004, he had a staff of 10.

Today, in his third start-up, he has one employee: himself, aided by seven contractors working more or less part time. His budget, like his head count, is smaller, and by his account the new model is much more sustainable.

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