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

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These findings are why the Information Age article Rise of the IT Freelancer jumped out at us.

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

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See our 2010 article What's the Definition of a Coworking Facility in our old Coworking Labs Blog for our definition.  In the U.S.

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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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The Rise of Employee Free Businesses

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Elaine Pofeldt's Forbes article Want To Create A $1 Million E-commerce Store? This is no longer true.  million U.S. small businesses.

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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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Coworking Has Crossed the Chasm

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See the article's comments for a spirited discussion on this topic. Dramatic increases in choice and flexibility for knowledge workers.

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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.

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

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  But the Fast Company article also points out something we've also seen in our research. The main reason is simply size.   1.

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Attitudes Towards Freelancing Improving

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  I haven't listed the data for the last two points here because it would make this article too long. We think both are good. 

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

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Time Magazine has more detail in their article on the survey. 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.

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What is Universal Basic Income?

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As FiveThirtyEight's extensive article  What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money?   The concept is simple. Under

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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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Two articles published yesterday nicely illustrate this. MBO Partners released a preview of their 5th annual State of Independence study.

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$1 Million Ain't What it Used to Be - You Need More Than $5 Million to be a 1%er

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  As the article chart below shows, there are now a bit over 1 million U.S. The number of U.S. According to research from U.S. trends

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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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Consumers Embracing the On-Demand Economy

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Key quote from the article: The NTRS data shows that while men are still the most prevalent consumers of the on-demand economy (55%), 45% are women.

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It's a Mobile World

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Here are the three article statistics I found most interesting: 1. It's moving that quickly.    2. Mobile Web/Tech

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Global Interest in Coworking Booming

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  The article chart below shows the overall global growth in the search term "coworking" Coworking

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Coworking's Continued Boom

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  Second, the article says Level Office paid $4.3 The article didn't mention build out costs, but they will likely be substantial.  We've written several times over the past couple of weeks on coworking's continuing growth. million to purchase six floors of the office condominium building in Chicago.

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Consulteering - A New Approach to Retirement

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  The article focuses on a retired educator who has put together a portfolio of activities to meet his goal of “balancing a life of leisure with a life of purpose.”. The article suggests more people will choose this path. As we reported last week, record numbers of Americans are working past 65. He also works part-time.

The Good and Bad of Freelancing

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Only a few articles point out that freelancing has a good side, a bad side and many shades of grey between the good and the bad.   The article does this by breaking the word freelancer into two parts - "free" (the good) and "lance" (the bad). Key quote on the "free": The ultimate perk: freedom.

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The Growing Number of Food Startups

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CB Insights , a great source of information on VC activity and startups, has an excellent article covering the growing number of food startups. 

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The Ups and Downs of the 3D Printing Industry

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The 3D printing industry is at an interesting point, with both good and bad news coming out on a regular basis. small manufacturing Web/Tech

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Study: Self-Employed Have Higher Lifetime Earnings Than Salary Workers

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This is an important study primarily because, as the Bloomberg View article states, unlike prior academic studies it shows you don't have to be nuts to become self-employed.  And yes, I sent a copy of the article to my mother.    It turns out, this accepted fact could be wrong.

Coworking, Independent Work and Happiness

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Over the last year or so we've been digging deeper into why independent workers are consistently more happy at work than traditional employees. 

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Record Number of Americans Working Past 65

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As the article chart below shows, the percentage of Americans aged 65 and older who are still in the workforce is at an all-time high.

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Small Businesses Hiring More Independent Workers

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  The article chart below shows this data for various cities (click on the chart to enlarge).

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Uber Didn't Create the Gig Economy; The Gig Economy Created Uber

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  Several recent articles and studies help explain this. We don't agree. This is not new news. And these are all part of the problem. 

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From 20th Century Jobs to 21st Century Work

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  According to the article the key shift is towards self-management. Contingent Workforce Freelance Independent workers self-employment

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The Five Faces of the On-Demand Economy

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  As Intuit VP Alex Chriss points out in his article The Future of Work Doesn't Look Like You Think it Does , these groups are not fixed.

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The Growing Momentum Behind Portable Benefits

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The group this article is discussing are traditional employees who, in general, plan to stay traditional employees.  In the U.S.   This approach obviously doesn't work well for those who are self-employed. Nor does it work well for gig economy workers like Uber drivers. Senator Warner being an obvious exception).

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Freelancers and the Rise of Multiple Income Sources

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  As the article's title states, 87% of the surveyed freelancers reported having more than one source of income.

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London & Barcelona Have More Than 100 Coworking Spaces

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The European Coworking Conference site's article The Number of Coworking Spaces Exceeds a Hundred in Some Cities i s fascinating.

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The Rise of the Combo Social Club, Coworking Space

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One of more interesting coworking space segments that has emerged is the premium priced, combination social club and coworking space. Coworking

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Why You Should Keep Working in Retirement

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There have been several interesting articles over the past couple of weeks on working in retirement and/or working later in life. Several article pointed to the study Late Life Working and Well-Being. Key quote: If you want to be happy in your retirement years, here’s my advice: don’t retire — at least not in the traditional sense.

6 Advantages Your Small Business Has Over Bigger Competitors

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 Openview's article David vs. Goliath: Your Startup's Guide to Giant-Killing does just that by describing 6 advantages small businesses have relative to bigger competitors. The article explains how to use these advantages in more detail. It's nice every so often to get back to basics. You can turn on a dime.

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Fast Food Declining; Food Trucks Increasing

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At the same time, the nation's appetite for food trucks continues to grow.      Food Trucks/Mobile Commerce trends

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Top 5 Reasons Companies are Increasing Their Use of Contingent Talent

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The article is based on studies by the authors and taken from their soon to be released book Agile Talent  (I've already pre-orderd my copy).

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