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Intuit Future of Small Business Report

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These trends - and others that will be explored in future reports - are resulting in growing numbers of successful small businesses.

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HOK's Coworking Report: A Corporate Real Estate Perspective

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Below is a report chart showing the things corporations should consider if they are thinking about opening a corporate coworking space.

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Why Coworking is Booming

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Simply put, the article explains why coworking is working. The third trend is corporations are quietly hollowing out.   Coworking

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The Rise of Solopreneur Manufacturing Companies

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Key quote: "The number of businesses classified as manufacturers with no employees has been rising steadily since the depths of the recession.

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Upwork and the Paradox of Place

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Again from the report: On average, Upwork facilitates matches between buyers in more affluent areas than the sellers they transact with. trend

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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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Most Small Businesses Started by Investing Less than $30,000

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Regular readers may remember back in 2014 we reported on a survey that said most small businesses are started with less than $10,000.

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The London Times on the Future of Work

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  The report covers a lot of ground. And the overall special report is well worth reading.   trends

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The Surprising Demographics of Small Business Owners

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 It's a comprehensive, 40 page report covering a variety of small business issues. The same is true for minority ownership.

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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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What President Trump Means for the Gig Economy

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  Their report The Rise of the “Gig” Economy: Good for Workers and Consumers  is very pro gig economy.

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The Federal Reserve Recognizes the Gig Economy

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Another interesting finding is that 21% of those who report having a job also report having a 2nd full or part-time job.

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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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Corporate Layoffs Make Independent Work Look More Secure

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 Cisco also reported quarterly earnings of $2.8 This is up from only 33% reporting independent work being more secure in 2011.

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Forecasts: 2017 the Year Corporations Embrace the Gig Economy

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Some reports estimate that by 2020 as much as 40 percent of the American workforce will be contingent workers, or independent contractors.

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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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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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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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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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Gig Economy Consensus: It's Big and Growing

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Recent studies include, but aren't limited to: Pew Research's Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing found that 24% of adult Americans - that about 59 million people - report earning money from the digital ‘platform economy’ in the past year. They say by 2020 at least 31 million Americans will be gig workers. 

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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 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. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stride Health's Study on Gig Workers and Health Insurance

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As the report chart below shows (click to enlarge), the cost of health insurance remains an issue. Click here for the complete report.

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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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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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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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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Survey: 29% of American Workers Have Side Jobs

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So many we're having a hard time keeping up and reporting on them all.  Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports.

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Gartner's Top Trends for 2017

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It's that time of year again. We're not referring to the holidays.   Below is their list of the top technology trends for 2017.

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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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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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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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