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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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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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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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Encouraging U.S. Commerce Report on "Digital Matching Firms"

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Commerce's department report  Digital Matching Firms: A New Definition in the “Sharing Economy” Space  is, in our opinion, a pretty balanced view of sharing/digital matching firms and their growing economic role. The report attempts to accomplish two goals.  The U.S. Lower prices for consumers.

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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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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 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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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. 

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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 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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