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Staffing Industry Research Firm Says There are 44 Million Gig Workers

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  They surveyed 7,700 U.S. workforce are gig workers. This works out to be about 44 million Americans. billion in staffing buyer spend.

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Corporate Layoffs Make Independent Work Look More Secure

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The people answering this survey question are all independent workers who are, on average, more risk tolerant than people who have traditional jobs. 

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Why People Work in Coffee Shops and Why This Means Coworking Will Continue to Grow

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The results of their informal survey are not surprising - most everyone was doing some sort of job related work. The title is a bit misleading.

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

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  Our surveys of independent workers who work on their own as freelancers, independent contractors, etc. Freelance Independent workers

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

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In fact, weak tie impacts are likely even stronger due the Internet and social media. There are several reasons weak tie networks are so important.

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Coworking Spaces are Human Spaces

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Last week the results from the spring coworking space member survey were released at the Global Coworking Conference Unconference (GCUC). Emergent The key results from the survey illustrate this.  Emergent Research (that's us) partnered with GCUC and Jacob Sayles of Office Nomads on this study. Coworking

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For Many Boomers, Work is the New Retirement

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retirement survey.  Transamerica's Center for Retirement Studies recently released the results from their 17th annual U.S.

Survey: 1 in 3 Americans are Freelancers

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The Freelancers Union and Elance - oDesk released a study showing that 34% of the American workforce freelances in some form. According to the study, 53 million Americans said they engaged in some form of freelance work in the past year. The study breaks these folks into 5 segments: "Independent Contractors" (40%, or 21.1

Small Businesses Turn to Their Accountants & Each Other for Advice

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We were somewhat fascinated that the survey asked about Google. Surveys have traditionally asked about turning to the Internet for advice.

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Consulteering - A New Approach to Retirement

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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. As we reported last week, record numbers of Americans are working past 65. He calls this approach consulteering, which he describes as:  " my trifecta,” he said. We agree.

Take the Freelancers Union Live and Work Survey

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The Freelancers Union is conducting a survey on how freelancers work and live. The survey is short and will take 7-9 minutes to complete.

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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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Why People Choose Self-Employment

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  We like seeing other surveys finding similar results to ours.  Pursuing a passion comes in close behind.

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Microbusiness Owners and Second Jobs

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A new tracking survey by Sam's Club and Gallup has some interesting data on microbusiness owners and 2nd jobs.   trends

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1 in 3 Small Business Owners are 65 or Older

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  For over a decade Barlow has fielded a quarterly survey of businesses on topics of interest to financial institutions.

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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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The Decline of Employee Training & The Rise of Side Gigs

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  We don't have historical survey data on this.      This data is collected only occasionally by the U.S.

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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

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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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Why Surveys Show Wide Differences in Small Business Social Media Use

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You many have noticed that different surveys show very different small business social media usage rates. For example, the Wall Street Journal article Facebook Tops for Small Business reported on a survey that found small businesses quite positive about social media.    Another point of view comes from Citibank.

How Large Corporations See Contingent Workers

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For me the most interesting section of the study covers how large corporations view contingent talent.

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The Motivations and Challenges of Diverse Small Business Owners

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Gallup's Diverse Small Business Owners Share Their Experiences covers a series of surveys of different segments of small business owners.

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Self-Employed Happier With Lives Than Employees

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  These findings are very much in alignment with the results of our work surveying and interviewing the self-employed.

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Cloud Security a Plus for Small Businesses

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The article points out one of the major concerns on the part of small businesses is cloud security and whether or not their data will safe.

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Economic Uncertainty Changing People's Decision Making

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The American Institute of CPA's just released the results of an interesting survey looking at major life event decision making by Americans. 

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For Freelancers, It's All About Networks

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This is reflected by the fact that 82% of the survey's respondents listed "work of mouth" as their top source of work.

Survey Says Moms Want to Work Part-Time

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Interesting results from a survey from the media company Hulafrog show that most Moms want to work part-time. women or U.S. mothers. women

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The Rise of the Skills Training/Job Placement Industry

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The current employment picture is quite interesting. The official statistics say we've got a great jobs market. trends

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Media Bias and Pew's On-Demand Economy Survey

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Despite the impressive numbers, the press has been reporting that the Pew survey found few Americans are participating in the on-demand economy.

Book Review: Baby Bust

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The key finding of the surveys is a sharp decline in the number of students planning on having kids.   But the news is not all bad.

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Word of Mouth is How Freelancers Find Jobs

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It's not surprising that independent workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) rely on word of mouth/referrals for getting business.

Coworking Members Learning New Skills, Becoming More Successful

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One of the more interesting findings from our recent survey of coworking members is how many reported they had learned new skills - or improved their existing skills - due to their coworking space membership: 69% of the respondents reported they learned new skills. 68% of the respondents reported they improved their existing skill set.

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Sources of Contingent Talent Shifting

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The Ardent Partners chart below from the article shows survey data on this shift. Online labor marketplaces. Crowdsourcing.

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What is LifeWorking and How Does it Relate to Coworking?

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The results of our recent survey of coworking members highlighted this. Since work and life are blending anyway, why not do it a way that makes sense. We're seeing many examples of LifeWorking in action in coworking spaces. They're also places where they learn new skills and improve existing skills.  Coworking

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Study: Gig Economy Growing Fast, Creating Mostly Part-Time Jobs

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  Our number is higher because JP Morgan Chase looked at just one month's activity while our survey asked respondents about recent activity.

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Most Americans Plan to Work Past 65

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Transamerica Insurance released their 14th annual retirement survey. This compares to about 10% of the overall workforce.

27% of Small Businesses Using Facebook

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  You may wonder why this survey shows lower social media usage than other surveys?  small business sector. 

HBR on Freelancers and Word of Mouth

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That study surveyed folks who had worked as independents for more than 8 years and had higher than average incomes.

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Please Take Green America's Survey on Small Business Sustainability

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  They are conducting a national survey of small business owners to help them develop programs and incentives to help small businesses save money grow while increasing their sustainability.    This survey is part of a broader, Green America project project to identify and quantify “green” opportunities for small business. 

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Wasp Barcode's Excellent Small Business Accounting Report

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It contains survey results from companies with 11-100 employees on issues related to their accounting and finance functions.

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