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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. 

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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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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.

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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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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. 

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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. 

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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. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Contingent Labor Comprises 38% of Corporate Workforces

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

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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.

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Somewhere Between 2.5 million and 59 Million Americans "Work" in the Online Gig Economy

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We mentioned yesterday that there is a recently formed consensus that the gig economy is large and growing. So who's right? They're not.

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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. 

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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.

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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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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. 

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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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The Institute for the Future's Profile of On-Demand Economy Workers

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The Savvy Consultant, previous white-collar workers who see growth and opportunity, as well as freedom, in the on-demand economy.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stride Health's Study on Gig Workers and Health Insurance

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Stride Health's Stride Study: Health Coverage in the Gig Economy  covers how gig workers access and use health insurance. 

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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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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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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