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80% of entrepreneurs are affected by inflation, although it hardly affects the increase in costs

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After all that the pandemic entailed and its consequent impact that still persists on entrepreneurs, a series of new challenges and threats have arrived, mainly related to the economy.

82% of the entrepreneurs consulted have been affected by inflation and 75% due to the rise in energy prices, but only one in three They have transferred the increase in costs to their customers. The rest have had to face the dilemma of choosing between losing customers or reducing their profit margins.

This is what emerges from a study released by Zurichempresas.es on the profile and situation of entrepreneurship in Spain. The research, carried out by The Cocktail Analysis, through interviews with 805 freelancers and micro-SMEs, analyzes both current challenges and attitudes towards entrepreneurship.

Although it is often said that economic crises encourage entrepreneurship, the truth is that 47% of entrepreneurs declare themselves vocational, barely one in ten comes through the inheritance of a business, and 41% due to circumstances external to the venture, such as losing their job. For this reason, the study distinguishes between four profiles of entrepreneurs.

The most numerous profile is the engaged (30% of the total), in which the vocation converges with the need to undertake, and where there is a greater female presence. Within this profile, the reason for starting a business (38%) is the lack of work or the precarious situation. He is followed by innovative (28%), a clearly vocational profile and more predisposed to risk and innovation.

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The third most frequent profile (23%) is the so-called change of course, who has been forced into entrepreneurship due to external circumstances, but is comfortable with his professional career. Finally, the profile fighter represents the 19% of entrepreneurs who do not always reach this path out of conviction, but show great motivation and resilience.

Balancing personal and professional life

All these profiles share a series of objectives, among which are to combine personal and professional life (68%), dedicate themselves to what they really like (61%) and be able to live calmly, without worries (58%). Of course, not everything is smooth sailing in his career. The main difficulties that entrepreneurs have faced when starting their business are risk taking, problems and stress (57%), financial management (52%) and having to dedicate a lot of effort and work (43%).

In return, three out of ten respondents perceive that being entrepreneurs gives them greater satisfaction than working for others, more freedom and creativity, as well as the possibility of dedicating themselves to what they like. In this sense, Spanish entrepreneurs define themselves as hardworking, resilient, curious, optimistic and creative.

“As this study shows, the so-called entrepreneurial gene presents itself with nuances depending on the different profiles of entrepreneurs. However, they all have a common denominator, which is a strong commitment to work, self-improvement and innovation that make them the economic engine that drives SMEs and the self-employed in our country”. points out Agustí Pascual, director of Zurichempresas.es.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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We end one more Sunday with a new summary of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes, a classic where you will find the most important news of the week and you can catch up with just a few clicks. As always, we wish you a good Monday.

  • Where can I use the newborn, euro digital?
  • The State plans to increase spending on technology by 12% this year.
  • Online sales will increase in Spain by 20%.
  • Seven out of 10 ICT companies will increase their workforce in Spain.
  • These are the growth prospects for the label market in 2023.
  • Sony updates its camera catalog with the new 4K PTZ.
  • Apple will release a new iPad Mini later this year.
  • Epson expands its catalog of projectors with new 3LCD 4KE models.
  • Apple is working on a flexible iPad, and it could arrive next year.
  • Flexible remuneration, that great unknown.
  • These are the trends that will mark 2023 in the organization of events.
  • Titbit raises 150,000 euros in its second investment round.
  • Getac introduces the S410 laptop and F110 tablet, two ruggedized and powerful 5G-enabled computers.
  • Epson presents its new EB series video projectors.
  • How to choose hosting and domain for my website.
  • Brother expands its catalog of two-inch ticket and label printers.
  • Samsung presents the new Galaxy Book3.
  • What can we expect about cybersecurity, in the coming months.
  • Artificial Intelligence: how will it affect jobs?
  • Microsoft is starting to show full-screen Microsoft 365 ads.
  • Do you want to help children in vulnerable situations?
  • Microsoft Teams is integrated into the Elgato Stream Deck.

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Barcelona offers 200,000 euros to the project that reduces the accident rate of motorcycles

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Barcelona City Council has launched a challenge for companies, startups, universities and innovation centers to present urban solutions that have as objective reduce motorcycle-related accidents. The chosen projects, which will be applied in the city, are part of the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility initiative that promotes pilot tests to improve mobility.

Barcelona is one of the European cities with a greater presence of motorcycles and mopeds which represent 33% of the total census of vehicles, and motorcycle drivers account for 86% of the seriously injured, according to the balance of road accidents for the first half of 2022. With the aim of reducing accidents and increasing road safety in the city, these entities have launched this initiative to find and apply innovative solutions on the streets of the city, with the collaboration of the Tomorrow.Mobility show organized by Fira and the EIT Urban Mobility (European Union initiative).

The challenge, launched internationally, counts with an economic endowment of 200,000 euros, which will correspond to a maximum of 80% of the total amount of the winning solutions. The projects can be aimed at resolving the accident rate from behavioral innovation, that is, with solutions related to driving habits, and from technological innovation.

The execution time of the selected proposals is 18 months, of which the pilot phase must be a minimum of six. The proposals must be applicable in a real environment in the short term and must define, in this sense, its deployment space. In addition, it must achieve quantifiable results in relation to the safety of motorcyclists and third parties, which are lasting over time. Its innovative and differential component will also be valued both in the methodologies and resources used and in its execution.

This call is aimed at companies, startups, universities, research centers, technology centers, associations and foundations that have until next March 1 to present their projects. A committee of experts will assess the technical quality of the works presented and will choose the winning solutions that could be applied in Barcelona during that same year. The projects will have international projection with their participation in the next edition of Tomorrow.Mobility, which will be held next November together with the Smart City Expo World Congress at Fira de Barcelona.

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Microsoft Teams integrates into Elgato Stream Deck

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The Elgato Stream Deck is a very interesting peripheral that we had the opportunity to analyze at the time, and that allows you to create different shortcuts and functions that will be associated to each of the available buttons. It allows you to create different usage profiles, and we can switch between them in a very simple way.

For example, we can assign to a button that directly opens a web page, to run a specific application, to perform a specific action and we can also set specific commands and download completely free applications. It is a very interesting solution, especially for professionals who are dedicated to content creation and streaming.

The point is that the Redmond giant has released an official plugin that allows you to integrate an Elgato Stream Deck device with Microsoft Teams. This plugin was announced by the American company earlier this week, but it was officially launched yesterday. The installation process is quite simple, but we can find more information in the official Microsoft forums.

Once installed, we can use the Elgato Stream Deck to access shortcuts and specific functions that will improve our user experience with Microsoft Teams. Thus, for example, we can blur the background in a video call by pressing a button, and we can also assign other specific functions such as raising and lowering our hand, muting ourselves, recording, and even to show live reactions during meetings.

This new plugin enhances the value of the Elgato Stream Deck, making it a very interesting solution for those who work remotely and have to participate in frequent video calls and events. Obviously it is still an excellent option for content creators and streaming professionals as well. I remind you that it is available in different versions, and that the standard MK.2 model with 15 buttons is priced at €149.99.

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