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How Coworking is Changing Commercial Real Estate

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Coworking has reached the size and scale where it's starting to have second order impacts on the broader real estate industry.    Farthest along is coworking's impact on office design.

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"Everything, it seems, is a shared office these days"

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The title of this post is a quote from the NY Times article  Sorry, Power-Lunchers. This Restaurant Is a Co-Working Space Now. The article covers Spacious , a startup that transforms unused space - especially restaurants outside of meal times - into shared workspaces.

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Independent Workers Feeling More Secure

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One of findings that most surprised us when we first started researching independent workers was how many think independent work is more secure than traditional jobs. 

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The Number of Nonemployer Businesses Continued to Grow in 2016

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The U.S. Census recently released the 2016 nonemployer business statistics. Key quote from their press release : nonemployer establishments increased 2.0 percent from 24,331,403 in 2015 to 24,813,048 in 2016. Receipts increased 1.5 percent from $1.15 trillion in 2015 to $1.17 trillion in 2016.

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The Rise of Small "Speed Factories"

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Staying Unbiased in These Partisan Times

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Since the founding of Emergent Research nearly two decades ago, our mantra has been follow the data to where it leads us. This requires us to minimize the impact of potential biases in our work.

2018 163

Duluth's Booming Artisan Economy

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Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood was until recently a rundown section of this lake front city in Minnesota, with many empty storefronts and buildings. But now Lincoln Park is the center of a new artisan business boom.

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Expert Network Industry Big and Getting Bigger

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The report The Rise of the Expert Economy is a interesting look at what it calls a "little-known, high-growth sector, made up of networks that connect experts with companies that need them." 

2018 176

Survey: Almost 4 in 10 Americans Have a Side Hustle

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Bankrate recently released a survey showing that 37% of Americans have some sort of side job.    The survey was of adult Americans , of which there are about 250 million. This means the survey found about 92 million Americans have side hustles. 

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Purina Survey: Dogs are Part of the Family

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Dog food manufacturer Purina recently  released the results of a survey of dog owners.    Not surprising to anyone who has followed the pet humanization trend , 95% of dog owners say their dog is part of the family. 

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Most Millennials Think Starting a Business is Risky

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According to a report from the global financial giant UBS , 72% of Millennials say starting a business appeals to them. But at the same time, most say it's too risky to do.

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Is Coworking's Surge Leading to Market Saturation?

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According to the Reuters article 'Coworking' surge in Manhattan raises asset-liability quandary : "The amount of office leasing by “coworking” firms in Manhattan is nearing 10 percent of all new leases, a sign of growing demand for short-term contracts by companies seeking workspace."

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Biofabrication - Manufacturing With Mushrooms

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Biofabrication is the use of biomaterials such as cells, proteins and organisms as building blocks in a manufacturing process. Probably the best known example of biofabrication is the use of 3D printers to create tissue used in treatments for damaged joints and organs.

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Study: Corporations Rely on Their Non-Employee Workforce

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SAP Fieldglass's External Workforce Insights 2018 study, 44% of workforce spend at large corporation is on external, non-employee talent. 

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Food Delivery Forecast to Grow Rapidly

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A new research report by financial giant UBS suggests that millennials are ditching the kitchen and instead opting for food delivery in a report titled “Is the Kitchen Dead.”. The report is not available to the public and we haven't seen it.

2018 175

MBO Partners’ 8th Annual State of Independence Report

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MBO Partners released their 2018 State of Independence report this week. This is the 8th annual report in this series, making it the longest running look at independent work. Emergent Research (that's us) contributes to this study.

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Coworking's Unstoppable Market Growth

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Liquidspace's Q4, 2017 U.S. Flexible Office Report covers the continued growth of coworking and other forms of flexible offices.

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Uber Unveils Flying Taxi Prototype

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Uber unveiled a flying taxi eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) prototype at its recent  Elevate conference. The prototype (below) is a cross between a really big drone and a small airplane.

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Global Coworking Forecast: 30,000 Spaces and 5.1 Million Members by 2022

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We recently released our new coworking forecast for 2018-2022.    We are projecting continued rapid growth over the next 5 years, although slower than the industry's recent dizzying pace. The forecast was done this year with help from our friends at GCUC.

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Study: Despite Uncertainty, Self-Employed Happier at Work Than Traditional Employees

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A new academic study reports that the self-employed are happier and more engaged at work than traditional employees are. The reason, according to the study, is they have greater levels of autonomy than traditional employees. 

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1 in 5 Independent Workers Have Customers Outside of the U.S.

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One of the interesting findings from the MBO Partners State of Independence study series is a growing number of independent workers (freelancers, solopreneurs, gig workers, etc.) have customers outside of the U.S. There are several reasons for this: 1.

2018 151

Reviewing the BLS 2017 Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements Survey

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) caused quite a stir yesterday with the release of their 2017 Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangement (CWS) survey results.    Specifically, the report shows that the share of U.S. gig/contract workers in the U.S.

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Study Finds U.S. Has 27 Million Square Feet of Coworking Space

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Yardi Matrix , a provider of real estate industry data and research, has released an interesting coworking study.    They've also written an article - Shared Space: Coworking's Rising Star - summarizing their results. 

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Amazon's High Tech, Checkout Free Grocery Store Opens Today

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Amazon opened their brick and mortar, cashier-less store of the future today in Seattle. Called Amazon Go , it looks like a very high-tech version of a 7-11 convenience store. It has a selection of salads, sandwiches and beverages (including beer and wine), ready-to-eat meals, produce and meats. 

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The Return of Independent Bookstores

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In 1936 George Orwell pointed out that one of the main difficulties of owning an independent bookstore is turning a profit. This, of course, was long before Amazon.

2018 207

Uber and Lyft Help Drivers Weather Financial Shocks

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A recent academic study found that many ridesharing drivers do so to help them work through financial shocks and smooth income volatility. The study only looked at rideshare drivers. But it points out that these benefits should extend to any highly flexible part-time employment.

2018 207

The Top 15 Cities for Specialized Freelancers

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Fiverr's Understanding the Impact of the Freelance Economy study focuses on what they call "specialized freelancers" These are independent workers who provide professional, technical, or creative services.    As the report chart below shows, there are about 2.5

2018 192

The Rise of Occupational Licensing

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In the 1950's about 5% of full time U.S. workers had a professional, occupation license. Today about 23% do.    This data comes the interesting HBR article  More and More Jobs Today Require a License. That’s Good for Some Workers, but Not Always for Consumers.

2018 192

Social Security Data Shows Self-Employment Has Been Increasing

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The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) dug through social security data and found the number of self-employed grew between 2000 and 2015 (the most recent data available).    Their chart below shows the increase in share of earners reporting self-employment earnings.

2018 159

The Continuing Merging of Coworking, Social Clubs and Gyms

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Several interesting recent stories illustrate how coworking, social clubs and gyms are merging. CNBC's Companies are making gyms their headquarters - here's why covers gyms that also have coworking spaces.

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Cigna's Loneliness Index and Coworking

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The large, global health services company Cigna recently released their U.S. Loneliness Index , which found loneliness in the U.S. is at "epidemic levels" The key findings include: Nearly half  of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent).

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Social Isolation - Not Just Loneliness - a Health Risk Reduced by Coworking

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Social isolation and loneliness are related, but not the same thing.    Social isolation refers to having relatively few relationships and/or infrequent contact with others.  Loneliness

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According to T. Rowe Price, Gig Economy Workers Pay More Attention To Their Money

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The invest and mutual fund firm T.

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The California Creative Economy

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The Otis Report on the Creative Economy comes from the LA based Otis College of Art and Design.    The report covers the creative economy in California. And as their chart below shows, it's big. The study does a good job capturing self-employed creatives.

2018 169

Book Review: Gigged - The End of the Job and the Future of Work

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We're behind on our reading, but did manage to get to Gigged - The End of the Job and The Future of Work. It's written by journalist Sarah Kessler, who's been covering the gig economy since 2011. 

2018 153

Americans Still Listen to the Radio and Listen A Lot

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You might think with all the media options around today Americans wouldn't still be listening to the radio that much. If you did think that (we did), you'd be wrong.

2018 188

Use of Online Talent Marketplace by Independent Workers Continues to Grow

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According to the 2018 MBO Partners State of Independence study , the use of online talent marketplaces by independent workers has substantially increased since 2012.

2018 141

More Americans Facing a Rent Burden

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Nearly 43 million U.S. households rented their homes in 2016, which is about 9.3 million more than in 2004. 

2018 185

Startup Raises $20 Million to Build an Electronics Manufacturing Plant in San Francisco

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San Francisco is not a cheap place to locate a business, especially a manufacturing business. It's one of the world's most expensive real estate markets and has some of the highest labor costs in the U.S. 

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The Importance of the Social Side of Coworking

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Our recent Harvard Business Review article, Coworking Is not About Workspace - It's About Feeling Less Lonely , covers research we conducted on the social side of coworking.

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