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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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online magazine and are fans of their Staffing Stream blog. workforce are gig workers. This works out to be about 44 million Americans.

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What is the Great Decoupling?

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Economy on MIT economist Andrew McAfee's blog. These 4 factors used to move more or less in unison. So what's causing this? 

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2015 75

What Small Businesses Want from their Accountants

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The Sleeter Group recently released a study looking at what small businesses want from their accountants. industry structure trends

2014 87

Small Business Owners Don't Like Taxes

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I've never met a small business owner who liked taxes. No surprise there. But I actually interpret the results a bit differently.

2015 72

The Rise of Micro Multinationals

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A study recently issued by eBay reports that in the last year 190,000 U.S. This is up from about 30,000 in 2009. trillion by 2025. 

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One Week in the Coworking Boom

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We're not going to try to this for the entire world (our coworking forecast is global) because it would be way too much work for blog post.

2016 31

Small Business Blogging Declines

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500 companies blogging declined in 2011. 500 blogged.   While blogging is down, social media usage is up. So why are fewer small businesses blogging?  Based on our research the reasons are: Blogging is hard and takes a lot of time. Most small businesses fail to see a solid ROI from blogging.

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WeWork and the Blending of Physical and Digital Worlds

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which is a "a building information and technology consultancy."  I found the blog post on Case's site explaining why they were joining WeWork to be quite interesting. WeWork announced last week they had acquired Case, Inc. First, I like their description of what they do. Wearable computing is an example of this trend.

2015 42

Men Not at Work

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  As the chart below from former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers' blog shows , this is not a new trend. The U.S.   trends

2012 21

How Economic Uncertainty Elected Donald Trump

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In 2011 we started tracking a trend we call Economic Uncertainty.    Economic uncertainty clearly shows up in the data.  Uncertain. 

2014 18

Wasp Barcode's Excellent Small Business Accounting Report

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According to their blog post on the report , the key findings include: 52% of respondents report that they pay too much on taxes are they are not sure.

2015 40

27% of Small Businesses Using Facebook

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  The chart also shows strong growth in the use of LinkedIn, with Twitter and blogs showing solid but less spectacular usage increases. 

Businesses Hiring More Freelancers

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The Staffing Industry Analyst blog has a nice summary of these announcements.  The Freelance Model for Enterprises is an interesting study from Tower Lane Consulting. The key take away is businesses are planning to hire more contingent workers (freelancers, etc.) over the next year. 66% said they have their freelancers work on-site.

Book Review: The Fifth Age of Work

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 Anyone interested in the future of work - which is pretty much everyone reading this blog - would find value in reading this book.

Three of Our Favorite Trend Sources

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  The Sloan Work and Family Research Network blog :  I like the blog, but I love their weekly What's New in Work and Family blog post.  Our job is tracking and forecasting small business trends.   We do this for two reasons.    Keeping up with all these trends is hard.    2. 

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CES: Everything is Better With Bluetooth (and Sensors)

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Fans of the TV show the Big Bang Theory know that everything is better with Buetooth (see the clip below).       Web/Tech

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Divorcing Your Job

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Divorcing Your Job is a fascinating blog from Ayelet Baron, a former Cisco Vice President turned independent worker.

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2013 34

Is the Traditional Office the Least Productive Place to Work?

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Office Nomads, a coworking facility in Seattle, discusses the same topic in their blog post Negotiating Your Coworking Membership With Your Boss. Last summer we did a lot of interviews (over 60) with members of U.S. coworking facilities. We heard this so consistently, we included several folks explaining why in our Voices of Coworking video.

The Changing Face of Entrepreneurs

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  The shifts are covered in the Kauffman Activity Index report and in a post on the Kaufman Foundation Data Maven blog.  OK, I admit we are patting ourselves on the back here.    In early 2007 we released the Intuit Future of Small Business report The Changing Face of Entrepreneurs. 

2011 48

The Cloud's Impact on Business Models

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Their blog contains covers the shifts caused by the mobile, cloud and other connective technologies. I had an interesting time this week at Solutions 13 , which is the Sleeter Group's annual accounting solutions conference. My biggest take away from the event was the impact cloud technologies are having on accounting firm business models.

2013 33

Gen Y, Women Connected

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 Key quote from their blog post on the report : The latest Census reports that Americans 18-34 make up 23 percent of the U.S. population, yet they represent an outsized portion of consumers watching online video (27%), visiting social networking/blog sites (27%), owning tablets (33%) and using a smartphone (39%). 

2012 40

U.S. Exports Continue to Grow

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The New York Times Economix blog post The Quiet Driver of Economic Growth: Exports covers the steady growth in the percent of U.S.

2012 40
2012 40

The Rise of Digital Nomads

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The oDesk blog has an interesting series of videos on digital nomads. This really hit home to us on a recent trip to Portland.

The Tiny House Movement

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Bloomberg's Tiny Houses Big with U.S. Owners Seeking Economic Freedom covers the nascent tiny home movement. Economic Uncertainty

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2014 25

Beyond BRICs - A New Emerging Markets Blog from the Financial Times

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  Which is why I'm very excited about a new blog - Beyond BRICs - from the Financial Times (FT).  The growth of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, China and India) has been dramatic over the last decade.  Many other countries are starting to grow economically.  Keeping up with all these countries is tough. 

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Fascinating Findings from the 2010 Census

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      There's way too much to summarize in a blog post, but one thing that really jumped out at me is the data on U.S. I know "fascinating" and "demographic data" aren't words that often appear together.  diversity.    The U.S.   The U.S.   This is up from 5.8

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The Growing Numbers of Not Working

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 This is the lowest its been since 1979.   There's a pretty active debate over what's driving this decrease.

What is Native Advertising?

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Content marketing has mostly been focused on creating content that resides on company websites - blogs, online videos, etc.  We enjoy new buzzwords here at Small Business Labs. Native advertising is a relatively new and hot buzzword in online advertising circles. It describes what used to be called advertorials or sponsored content.

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Mobile and P2P Payments Options Exploding

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  The Startups :  The payments space has an amazing number of startup companies - too many to mention in a blog post.  It's getting crowded in the mobile and peer-to-peer (P2P) payments space.     The analyst firm In-Stat, for example, expects the mobile payments space to grow 10x over the next 5 years. 

Communicating With Small Businesses Using Facebook

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  The chart below is from the ECSB blog post on this topic and based on a January survey.       But I digress.

The Booming Field of Public Relations

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As the Pew chart below shows, over the 10 year period from 2004 to 2013 the number of reporters fell by 17%.   marketing trends

2004 21

Rise of Women News Roundup

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The New York Times Economix Blog has a nice summary of this study. 2. Lots of news on the Rise of Women this week.   3.   women

2012 31

Book Review: Small Town Rules

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The authors are two highly respected small business experts, Becky McCrae and Barry Moltz. Although very different, this book reminded me of E.F.

2012 31

What are Social Enterprises?

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  We'll be blogging more about this in the coming weeks.  A social enterprise, according to Wikipedia , is "an organization that applies capitalistic strategies to achieving philanthropic goals.   It exciting, growing sector and almost all social enterprise are small businesses. 

2011 33

Freelancing and the 3 Laws of Future Employment

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 The Marginal Revolution blog , for example, argues against some of the article but states "We are in basic agreement about the laws of future employment."  I too am in agreement with the laws. The part of the article I'm most intrigued by are the 3 laws of future employment. workers will independent in 2020.

2020 31

What is Fractional Availability?

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They have an interesting blog post on one of their top "experts" and why he does on-demand customer service work. Regular readers know we like new buzzwords here at Small Business Labs and "fractional availability" is a new one to us. We found it in the GigaOm article The Game Changing Economics of Fractional Availability.

The Tablet Revolution - Tablets Taking Over

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           Several blogs cover the report in detail so I won't bother. 

2011 31

Intuit 2020 Report: The Future of Financial Services

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We have a blog post on Banking.com with more on the report, which covered 4 broad trend areas: 1.  Intuit recently released a new report on The Future of Financial Services.  These forces will lead financial institutions to explore new business models, collaboration and partnerships, and increased consolidation. 2. 

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Social Media, Experiences and the Fear of Missing Out

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They are tweeting their experience by the minute, instagramming their orders, and if they’re like me, blogging on the go.