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Employees of Large Corporation Not Happy at Work; The Self-Employed Are

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PwC's  Work-life 3.0: Understanding how we'll work next  is a fascinating look at how workforce dynamics are changing. 

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Coworking Forecast - 26,000 Spaces and 3.8 Million Members by 2020

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Coworking is booming. The industry is growing and hybridizing so fast , we're having a hard time keeping up with it.  million in 2020. 

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Attitudes Towards Freelancing Improving

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The chart below (click to enlarge) shows some of the key data on the improvement from our annual survey of independent workers. We think both are good. 

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Do Gig Workers Like Their Jobs? It's All About Choice, Flexibility, and Control

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There is much confusion around whether or not gig workers like their jobs. The reason is the answer depends on which gig workers you ask. 

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Defining and Achieving Small Business Success

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Few are motivated by or interested in want building a large business and even fewer are solely motivated by financial rewards. 

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Strong Job Market Pulling Independent Workers Back to Traditional Jobs

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The MBO Partners 2016 State of Independence in America report was released this week. This The reason for this is clear from the data.   2.

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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.

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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

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Only 58% of Employers Think Employees are More Loyal Than Freelancers

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We were very surprised by the results from  a recent survey  on contingent work done by a group consisting of the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, the Markle Foundation, Burson-Marsteller and TIME Magazine.   This, to us, is a pretty clear indicator of the extent the employer - employee relationship has changed.

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Consumers Still Hungry for On-Demand Food Delivery

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Earlier this year the failure of few food delivery startups led to a number of pundits and articles claiming that the on-demand economy was in trouble.

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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. 

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ProFinder - LinkedIn's Freelance Talent Marketplace Targets Upwork

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LinkedIn has quietly launched ProFinder , it's online talent marketplace.  That's no longer the case. So does their website.

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What is Universal Basic Income?

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We've been getting a lot of questions about the universal basic income (UBI) these days.    The concept is simple. Under

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For Many Boomers, Work is the New Retirement

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Transamerica's Center for Retirement Studies recently released the results from their 17th annual U.S. retirement survey. 

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.

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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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The Continued Rise of the Collaborative Economy

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Crowd Companies has released their 2nd annual report on the collaborative economy - The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy. 

The Stunning Growth of Small Business Globalization

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Companies with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 97.8 percent  percent of all identified US exporters and 97.2 percent

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Independents Happier, Healthier Working on Their Own

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MBO Partners released a preview of their 5th annual State of Independence study. We worked with MBO Partners on this study. You have flexibility.

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Expect More Internet Connected, Quantified Dogs

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Based on our site stats, we have a loyal core of readers who love pet trends as much as we do.  The dog below is wearing one of these devices.

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Consumers Embracing the On-Demand Economy

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million consumers annually and $57.6 billion in spending. More interesting is the data on who these consumers are. Internet search is a good example.

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Coworking Forecast: 1 Million Coworkers in 2018

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We released our 2014 to 2018 global coworking forecast last week at the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in Kansas City.

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It's a Mobile World

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No matter how important you think mobile computing has become, there's a good chance you're underestimating it's growth and impact.

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Startups are Everywhere in the U.S.

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The article chart below (click to enlarge) shows the tech startup that has raised the most money by state. Small Business Economy Web/Tech

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015. Below is our 8 th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends List. Click here to see last year’s list and for links to the lists from prior years.    2015 Technology Trends. The ongoing technology platform shifts to Cloud and Mobile Computing will continue as long term drivers of change in 2015.   2.

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