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

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This is substantially lower than the 43% of small business employees who report being happy at work. PwC's  Work-life 3.0:

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Wasp Barcode's Excellent Small Business Accounting Report

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Kudos to Wasp Barcode Technologies for their excellent Small Business Accounting report. 42% of SMB’s have a CFO or Controller at their company.

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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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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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2014 MBO Partners State of Independence Report Released

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As with past years a substantial majority, roughly 30%, of the respondents report being unhappy with independent work. million in 2014.

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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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Attitudes Towards Freelancing Improving

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Independents have reported a steady decline in the challenges they face over the course of the study. We think both are good. 

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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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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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Coworking Spaces are Human Spaces

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Learning related: 69% reported they learned new skills. 68% reported they improved their existing skill set. 67% reported they attend events at their coworking space occasionally (45%) or often (21%); only 4% said they never attend events. 78% reported that coworking helps keep them sane. Coworking

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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. 

Defining and Achieving Small Business Success

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See the report for more on this.    In 2007 and 2008 we did a series of focus groups with small business owners on this topic.

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

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These solopreneurs report on average that spend $5,000 or less getting their businesses going. Freelance Independent workers

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

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  The survey also reports that almost all employers are satisfied with the performance of their contingent workers. They surveyed employers and found that only 58% think their employees are more loyal than their contingent workers. Time Magazine has more detail in their article on the survey.

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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.

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Consumers Still Hungry for On-Demand Food Delivery

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good example is the the recent earnings report by the former startup and public food deliver company Grub Hub.    

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Solopreneurs Generated $1 Trillion in Revenue in 2012

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

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The Stunning Growth of Small Business Globalization

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The report stresses that individuals and the self-employed are becoming increasingly globalized. These show over 2 million U.S.

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Independents Happier, Healthier Working on Their Own

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report being happier working on their own than if they worked in a traditional job. 59% also reported they are healthier.

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Mary Meeker's 2014 Internet Trends Report

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The report is so big I won't try to summarize it here. Mary Meeker is a partner at the top shelf venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins.

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Expect More Internet Connected, Quantified Dogs

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Tech Crunch recently reported Mars acquired Whistle for north of $100 million.  The dog below is wearing one of these devices. Pet Trend

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Consumers Embracing the On-Demand Economy

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This means despite the many press reports to the contrary, the on-demand economy is not dying or  even sputtering.

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Global Interest in Coworking Booming

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The annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference  (GCUC) is this week in Berkeley, California. And it's good times for this industry.

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Use of Contract Labor by Sole Proprietors Surging

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This data covers business receipts, deductions, and net income reported by individual taxpayers on Schedule C of Form 1040.

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Consulteering - A New Approach to Retirement

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As we reported last week, record numbers of Americans are working past 65. Work a Little, Play a Little: A New Retirement Strategy from the New York Times covers the  growing trend towards people working part-time in retirement. He calls this approach consulteering, which he describes as:  " my trifecta,” he said. We agree.

The Ups and Downs of the 3D Printing Industry

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The most recent bad news comes from the earnings (losses, actually) reported by 2 public makers of 3D printers. small manufacturing Web/Tech

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Craft Brewers Continue to Gain Market Share

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Back in 2006 we reported that craft brewers - also known as microbrewers - had captured almost 6% of U.S. beer market had grown to about 7%.

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Mary Meeker's Annual Internet Trends Report

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  Meeker's annual report is hugely popular, well worth reading and full of interesting data. think there are two reasons for this: 1.

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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Small Businesses Turn to Their Accountants & Each Other for Advice

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Barlow Research Associates is an analyst firm that works with banks to help them better understand the needs of small businesses. Finance trends

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Small Business Owners Don't Like Taxes

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The recently released Wasp Barcode Small Business Accounting Report supports this. I've never met a small business owner who liked taxes.

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Incorporated Self-Employment Included in Monthly BLS Reporting

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  Until January, the BLS only reported unincorporated self-employment in their monthly release.    The monthly Employment Situation report is probably the world's most watched and analyzed statistical release.    It's on the bottom of Table A-9.    Why does this matter? 

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The Decline of Employee Training & The Rise of Side Gigs

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For more on this trend see the  Intuit 2020 report  or the excellent book  The Great Risk Shift.

The Global Shift to the Open Workforce

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New Ways of Working. Managing the Open Workforce is a fascinating study from London-based CGMA. 

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What Small Businesses Want from their Accountants

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You need to be registered on the Sleeter site to get the full report. 20% want help with cash management and forecasting.

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The Five Faces of the On-Demand Economy

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See the report for more differences and details by segment. Key quote: The data shows five different faces. This is an excellent point.

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1 in 5 Humans Got a New Smartphone in 2015

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  Another great stat comes from the Ericsson Mobility Report. Everyone knows mobile computing has gotten big. billion units. 

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Freelancers Hire Lots of Other Freelancers

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reported spending about $92 billion over the past year hiring other independent workers on a contract basis. Hiring of this magnitude has been consistently reported over all four years of this study, which suggests independent work is not just a source of income but also a source of jobs. This is roughly the equivalent of hiring 2.2

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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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Intuit 2020 Report: The Future of Financial Services

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Intuit recently released a new report on The Future of Financial Services.  We have a blog post on with more on the report, which covered 4 broad trend areas: 1.    Click here to download the report. We'll have more on this in the coming weeks including what it means for small businesses. 

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