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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2017

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This year we release our 10 th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.  And it's mentioned below.  It's still too far away. 

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Why Coworking is Booming

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Simply put, the article explains why coworking is working. The third trend is corporations are quietly hollowing out.   Coworking

2017 88

The Rise of Solopreneur Manufacturing Companies

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Key quote: "The number of businesses classified as manufacturers with no employees has been rising steadily since the depths of the recession.

2017 94

Upwork and the Paradox of Place

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The average distance between buyers and sellers of services on the talent marketplace  Upwork  is over 1,000 miles. presidential election. 

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2016 106

Very Small Companies Create a Lot of Jobs

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Over the past three decades companies less than 1 year old with 1 to 4 employees have averaged creating more than 1 million jobs per year. 

2016 115

Most Small Businesses Started by Investing Less than $30,000

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Most small businesses in the U.S. were started or acquired with less than $30,000 in invested capital. Census 2014 Survey of Entrepreneurs.

2016 102

Staffing Industry Research Firm Says There are 44 Million Gig Workers

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The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA)  recently released a study showing that nearly  30% of the U.S. workforce are gig workers.

2016 99

"As a Freelancer My Career is a Constant Classroom."

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  Across the entire sector, 17% of ODE workers listed this as a reason.   Driving this is the decline in corporate training.

2016 94

The Surprising Demographics of Small Business Owners

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  But as the chart below shows, the median American small business owner is a bit over 50 years old. 

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What President Trump Means for the Gig Economy

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President-elect Trump has not talked much about the gig economy.   The one area where we have details is tax policy. 

2016 78

Why People Work in Coffee Shops and Why This Means Coworking Will Continue to Grow

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I ran across a really interesting post in Medium titled What are People Working on in Coffee Shops ? The title is a bit misleading. love people!

2016 108

The London Times on the Future of Work

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The London Times has an interesting special section on the future of work that was developed by the marketing content agency Ranconteur. 

2016 72

The Rise of Employee Free Businesses

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It used to be hiring employees was the goal of almost all small business owners. This is no longer true.  million U.S. million full-time workers.

2016 92

Smart Machines Starting to Offer Business Advice

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Intuit has extensive data on millions of small businesses due to their enormous base of cloud customers. They too see a continuing role for humans.

2016 89

The Rise of the Independent Professional Working for Businesses

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  As the chart below from the HBR's Your Company Needs Independent Workers shows, the number of U.S. million in 2011 to 6.4 million in 2015.

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Etsy Makes it Easy for Sellers to Move Off Etsy

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One of the challenges online marketplaces face is sellers often do their best to move their customers off the marketplace to their own ecommerce site.

2016 106
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The Federal Reserve Recognizes the Gig Economy

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Like other recently released gig economy studies , the Fed's EIWA shows the gig economy is large.

2016 70

Corporate Layoffs Make Independent Work Look More Secure

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Cisco announced last week it's laying off 5500 employees. This is about 7% of their workforce. Cisco billion on sales of $12.64 billion. 

2016 87

Intuit Future of Small Business Report

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Last week Intuit released the Slideshare presentation  The Future of Small Business.

2016 76

Coworking Has Crossed the Chasm

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This roughly equivalent to saying coworking is beginning to enter the mainstream.  Here Comes Big Money. Coworking

2016 97

The Growing Role of Small Business Coaches

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We were surprised by one of the findings. This is the extent to which successful small businesses are using coaches. Coaching doesn't come cheap.

2016 87

Educating Students for the Gig Economy

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Two interesting articles caught our eye last week and both had to do with the gig economy and education. gig economy

2016 75

What is Hygge?

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Hygge is a   Danish word that roughly translates to a feeling of comfort and coziness.    J. The article highlights the U.K.

2016 64

Forecasts: 2017 the Year Corporations Embrace the Gig Economy

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Based on the 2017 trends forecasts we've been reading, corporations are going to actively expand their use of contingent labor in 2017.

2017 50

LinkedIn on the Power of Weak Ties - Implications for Coworking & Freelancers

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In fact, weak tie impacts are likely even stronger due the Internet and social media. There are several reasons weak tie networks are so important.

2016 86

Top 10 Signs Coworking is Entering the Mainstream

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The annual U.S.    Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC)  was held last week in Los Angeles. Our top 10 reasons why are: 1.

2016 89

Go Midwest Tech Entrepreneur

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The author of the article is a partner at Drive Capital , a VC firm based in Columbus, Ohio.  The Midwest is the fifth.

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Contingent Labor Comprises 38% of Corporate Workforces

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Ardent Partners recently released their 2016-2017 State of Contingent Workforce Management report. 

2016 64

Ageism Means More Self-Employed

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We hear about it mostly from baby boomers who tell us it's one of the reasons they became self-employed.  percent. but globally.

2016 74

Why Microsoft Buying LinkedIn is Good for Coworking

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We were surprised to see that several of the reasons given for Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn relate to coworking.    At a very high level both Microsoft and LinkedIn execs are explaining the main deal driver is the opportunity of combining productivity applications and networking.   Sound familiar? Coworking

2016 80

Gig Economy Consensus: It's Big and Growing

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Based on a review of a variety of recent studies, a consensus has formed that the gig economy is large and growing. The Federal Reserve Board's  Exploring Online and Offline Informal Work  found that more than a third - 36 percent- of the U.S. They say by 2020 at least 31 million Americans will be gig workers. 

2016 59

Most Americans Don't Want to Be Gig Workers, But 60 Million Do

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Late in August Deloitte released survey results under the headline Deloitte survey finds 67 percent of Americans who have worked as independent contractors would choose not to do so in the future.  More recently the Staffing Industry Analysts released their Gig Workforce study. They found about 60% of U.S.

2016 65
2016 65

PayPal, Square & Others Moving Into Small Business Lending

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Their report - The Small Business Lending Opportunity - requires a paid subscription. Just be aware of the costs. Finance trends

2015 115

Peak Stuff and the Luxury of Less

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NPR Marketplace has an interesting interview with the president of Ikea about their research on the American Dream. It echos the idea of peak stuff. 

2016 65

Pokemon Go and the Gig Economy

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Unless you've been living in a cave for the last week or so, you know about the Pokemon Go craze. It covers so much ground: 1.   3.

2016 74

Most Small Businesses are Started with Less than $10,000

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  Equally interesting is that only 13% said they spent more than $50,000 starting their business. Freelance Independent workers

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Like Coworking, Makerspaces Rapidly Growing in Numbers

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There are about 1400 makerspaces around the world. This up from only about 30-40 as recently as 2006.  They are a lot of fun. 

2016 64

Coworking Spaces are Human Spaces

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Last week the results from the spring coworking space member survey were released at the Global Coworking Conference Unconference (GCUC). Emergent  Emergent Research (that's us) partnered with GCUC and Jacob Sayles of Office Nomads on this study. They are places where members work, network, learn and socialize together. 

2015 106

Solopreneurs Generated $1 Trillion in Revenue in 2012

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The U.S. Census recently reported that the number of U.S. nonemployer businesses reached 22.7 million in 2012. from 2011.

2012 130

Is the Staffing Industry Facing a Kodak Moment?

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These are good times for the temporary staffing industry. This is clearly an attempt at spin by Dameris.

2016 89