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More Industries Moving to the On-Demand Economy

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  Uber, Lyft and ridesharing services are often cited as examples. But Amazon is in many ways a better example. on-demand economy

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Psychographic Profiles and Working Yourself to Death in the Gig Economy

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A recent ad campaign by Fiverr  attracted a lot of attention, most of which was negative. and those who aren't. 

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How Trumpcare Will Impact Self-Employment

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Trumpcare). Self-employed who are older or have lower incomes will likely be worse off. This makes sense from an insurance perspective.

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Self-Employment and the Attributes of the Dream Job

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Gallup's The Dream Job covers the key attributes employees look for in a job. These  These are: the ability to do what they do best.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2017

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This year we release our 10 th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.  And it's mentioned below.  It's still too far away. 

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

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PwC's  Work-life 3.0: Understanding how we'll work next  is a fascinating look at how workforce dynamics are changing. 

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Coworking Forecast - 26,000 Spaces and 3.8 Million Members by 2020

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Coworking is booming. The industry is growing and hybridizing so fast , we're having a hard time keeping up with it.  million in 2020. 

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Very Small Companies Create a Lot of Jobs

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Over the past three decades companies less than 1 year old with 1 to 4 employees have averaged creating more than 1 million jobs per year. 

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

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Most small businesses in the U.S. were started or acquired with less than $30,000 in invested capital. Census 2014 Survey of Entrepreneurs.

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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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Book Review: The Gig Economy

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The holidays were quite hectic this year.   And we're glad we did. How to create an exit strategy to quit your job. See the book for details. 

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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.   This is also a key reason moonlighters are moonlighting.

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

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I ran across a really interesting post in Medium titled What are People Working on in Coffee Shops ? The title is a bit misleading. I love people!

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The Surprising Demographics of Small Business Owners

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  But as the chart below shows, the median American small business owner is a bit over 50 years old. 

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3 out of 4 Americans Have Smartphones

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Pew Internet recently updated their technology adoption numbers for the U.S. roughly three-quarters of Americans (77%) now own a smartphone. Web/Tech

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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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Etsy Makes it Easy for Sellers to Move Off Etsy

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One of the challenges online marketplaces face is sellers often do their best to move their customers off the marketplace to their own ecommerce site.

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The Rise of Employee Free Businesses

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It used to be hiring employees was the goal of almost all small business owners. This is no longer true.  million U.S. million full-time workers.

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Smart Machines Starting to Offer Business Advice

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Intuit has extensive data on millions of small businesses due to their enormous base of cloud customers. They too see a continuing role for humans.

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What President Trump Means for the Gig Economy

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President-elect Trump has not talked much about the gig economy.   The one area where we have details is tax policy. 

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Coworking Has Crossed the Chasm

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This roughly equivalent to saying coworking is beginning to enter the mainstream.  Here Comes Big Money. Coworking

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Corporate Layoffs Make Independent Work Look More Secure

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Cisco announced last week it's laying off 5500 employees. This is about 7% of their workforce. Cisco billion on sales of $12.64 billion. 

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The Growing Role of Small Business Coaches

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We were surprised by one of the findings. This is the extent to which successful small businesses are using coaches. Coaching doesn't come cheap.

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The London Times on the Future of Work

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The London Times has an interesting special section on the future of work that was developed by the marketing content agency Ranconteur. 

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The Large and Rapidly Growing U.S. On-Demand Economy

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The research firm BIA/Kelsey estimates that in 2016 local U.S. on-demand economy generated $34 billion in revenue. households. trillion dollars.

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Intuit Future of Small Business Report

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Last week Intuit released the Slideshare presentation  The Future of Small Business. This is a growth rate of 3.3%

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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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Accenture Says Independent Work is the Future (and Soon)

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We just read Accenture's Technology Vision 2017 report  and they strongly suggest independent work is the future of work. 

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The Federal Reserve Recognizes the Gig Economy

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Like other recently released gig economy studies , the Fed's EIWA shows the gig economy is large.

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Educating Students for the Gig Economy

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Two interesting articles caught our eye last week and both had to do with the gig economy and education. gig economy

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Using On-Demand Economy Platforms to Start and Build Businesses

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A good example is Victor Sandifer, Lyft driver and small business owner of Run the World Clothing. It also provides him with schedule flexibility.

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Top 10 Signs Coworking is Entering the Mainstream

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The annual U.S.    Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC)  was held last week in Los Angeles. Our top 10 reasons why are: 1.

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Go Midwest Tech Entrepreneur

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The author of the article is a partner at Drive Capital , a VC firm based in Columbus, Ohio.  The Midwest is the fifth.

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What is Hygge?

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Hygge is a   Danish word that roughly translates to a feeling of comfort and coziness.    J. The article highlights the U.K.

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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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Forecasts: 2017 the Year Corporations Embrace the Gig Economy

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Based on the 2017 trends forecasts we've been reading, corporations are going to actively expand their use of contingent labor in 2017.

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San Francisco's (and Washington D.C's) Surging Household Income

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San Francisco's real median household income has increased from $55,221 in 2000  to $88,829 in 2016.  at $93,294 (2015 data).

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Why Microsoft Buying LinkedIn is Good for Coworking

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We were surprised to see that several of the reasons given for Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn relate to coworking.    At a very high level both Microsoft and LinkedIn execs are explaining the main deal driver is the opportunity of combining productivity applications and networking.   Sound familiar? Coworking

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