Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2011

Small Business Labs

Continuing our annual tradition, below is our Top 10 Small Business Trends list for 2011.    We're optimistic the economy will continue to improve in 2011 and economic growth will be more widespread.    In 2011 small businesses will see stronger demand and better business conditions, resulting in the small business economy emerging from the Great Recession. 

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Session 3 - Wednesday, Sept 28, 2011

Office Dynamics

She shared how her working career began back in Iowa, working as a temp worker scanning a seemingly endless supply of documents. All the other temps quit, some after only one day! ENERGIZED & FULFILLED: Activate Your Unique Value and Invigorate Your Career. Jasmine Freeman). Ja smine gave an awesome, wonderful, challenging and thoughtful presentation. It was amazing that this was her first large-scale presentation!

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Best of both: Baseball & Knitting!

Loosely Speaking

First stop, Tempe Yarn & Fiber and then on to Tempe Diablo Stadium to watch the Angels and maybe get to say hi to a few of the players we’ve met over the past couple of years in the minors. Baseball Cleanup Knitter Family Life Knitting Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels minor leagues minor league baseball Prescott knitters Spring Training Tempe Yarn and FiberFinally, baseball begins tomorrow for the Angels, and I’ll be there rain or shine.

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If There’s No Work, What to Do Next?

Job Advice Blog

During past weak economic times, companies might hire temps, and once the economy gained strength permanent hiring ensued. Today’s weak economy has changed the psychology of hiring. We have not yet seen that pattern, and there are no signs that it’s on its way. The situation has caused various and serious difficulties for most of [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund

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Caterpillar's Growing Flexible (Contingent) Workforce

Small Business Labs

Like many large corporations Caterpillar, the Illinois-based heavy equipment maker, is increasing the size of their contingent workforce (freelancers, contractors, consultants, temps, etc.).   What's interesting about Caterpillar is they've decided to include information on contingents in their quarterly earnings releases.  They call this group "flexible workers" and report each quarter how many they have and how many they hired.

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Dress Greener for the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Unless you’re washing towels you used to clean up your pup’s latest accident, keep the water temp on cool. Contrary to popular thought, you don’t have to rely on clothes that stomped on Mother Nature’s feet to get to your closet. Admittedly, it’s easier to stop by the mall on the way home after you’ve spilled coffee on a white blouse, but let’s remember that most of the clothes you’ll find there are unfairly traded and harvested in ways that would make Mother Nature scream.

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MBO's Independent Worker Study

Small Business Labs

  This study will examine the significant and growing independent worker (self-employed, freelancer, contractor, temps, etc.) MBO Partners has announced the kickoff of its first annual " State of Independence in America " study.  movement in the US. The goal of the study is to assess the size and the demographic profile of this growing segment of the workforce and detail the trends and challenges that will impact independent workers over the next five years.

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The myth of transitioning

Virtual Moxie

» January 25, 2011 The myth of transitioning Since getting several of these recently, rather than just linking to Pick Anastacia’s Brain , counting on your smarts to lead you to look if you want, let me say that I’d like you to go look. Temp three days per week so that you have some steady income, and work in your VA practice two full days per week In this way, you have income, and you have specific, defined time to work on building your practice.

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How A Coffee Pot Jarred My Thinking About Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

But not needed here, where the temps rarely go below 40 (F). Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Last week my coffee pot stopped working. It refused to recognize that there was water in the chamber, and would not turn on. Half asleep, I stewed about this as I brewed my coffee using my standby – a single cup cone filter. This coffee machine was a rather expensive Krups, just beyond the warranty expiration.

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Tips to Keep Cooling Costs Low

Simple Productivity Blog

Keep The Temps Up! For example, heat drying on your dishwasher will raise the temps in your kitchen noticeably. Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. The hot season is just about upon us where I live, and the open windows will be shut against the southern heat. Living in the south means that we deal with three months of 90+ degree heat and smothering humidity.

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More Canadians Becoming Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Blog powered by TypePad Member since 01/2005 « The Rise of Super Angels | Main | MBO Partners: A Business Platform for Independent Consultants & Freelancers » June 10, 2010 More Canadians Becoming Freelancers Where the Jobs are Now from the Globe and Mail reports on Canadian government data showing that freelance, part-time and temp jobs are growing while full-time jobs continue to decline. 

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MBO Partners State of Independence in America Study

Small Business Labs

For the last 6 months or so we've been partnering with MBO Partners and Rockbridge Associates  on a deep dive research project on independent workers - freelancers, contractors, temps, solopreneurs, etc.    The research consisted of two national, representative surveys and in-depth interviews with independent workers. 

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225 Foreign Phrases to Inspire You

Daily Writing Tips

autres temps, autres moeurs : other times, other customs. Here’s another writing challenge for you, a sequel to 150 Foreign Expressions to Inspire You. I’ve listed foreign phrases that eloquently draw, in just a few words, a portrait of a person or a situation.

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5 tips for Being a Freelance Worker

45 Things

The days of temp workers being qualified for only low-paying, entry-level jobs is past, and workers who embrace the work may find they appreciate the flexibility and experience they gain, Ozier says. When employers hire a temp for a full-time position, they often offer a higher salary than if making an outside hire.

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2nd Annual MBO Partners State of Independence Study

Small Business Labs

The focus of the study was to figure out how many independent workers (freelancers, temps, solopreneurs, independent consultants, etc.)   Key findings include: The independent workforce grew from 16 million in 2011 to 16.9 Compared with 2011, satisfaction was up, concerns about the challenges of being independent (lack of consistent income, job security, lack of benefits, etc.)   Click here for the study 2012 report  and click here for the 2011 report.

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Many Americans Planning to Go Freelance

Small Business Labs

" Earlier in the survey the term independent worker is defined to include freelancing, temping, self-employment, etc.    As you can see from the chart below, 14% responded probably/definitely in 2011 and 13% responded probably/definitely in 2012. As part of the MBO Partners State of Independence study a national, statistically significant survey of adult (ages 21+) Americans is conducted.

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The 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence Report - 30.2 Million U.S. Independent Workers

Small Business Labs

These are people who regularly work as independent workers (self-employed, freelancers, temps, etc.) million Full-Time Independents reported that they earned more than $100,000, up 45% from 2 million in 2011. In 2015, 43% of those currently working full-time as Independents report that they feel more secure working independently, up from 33% in 2011. The 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence Report was released today.

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Grim Job Market Continues for Young Americans

Small Business Labs

 Between 2000 and 2011 real wages for high school workers under age 25 fell by 11.1%. The grim job market is a key reason more young Americans are pursuing work as independents (temps, freelancers, etc.). Although the overall labor market continues to improve, there isn't a lot of good job news for young Americans.  The Economic Policy Institute's The Class of 2012 lays out how the job situation is for those 25 and younger.

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Is Freelancing More Secure Than Traditional Employment?

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting data points from the MBO Partners State of Independence surveys is how independent workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.)  This is up from 33% who said independent work is more secure in 2011. look at job security.   In our 2012 survey, 39% of the respondents said independent work is more secure than traditional employment.

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Review of Our Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2010

Small Business Labs

  Our 2011 list will be out in the coming weeks.    The Shift to Contingent Workers Turns Employees into Entrepreneurs :  If anything, the shift to contingent workers (part-timers, temps, contractors, freelancers, etc.)   Not a tough trend to forecast and we expect pre-bubble credit standards will continue to be in force in 2011.   We are optimistic that this forecast will start to be realized in 2011

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Income Inequality Not Caused by Independent Work

Small Business Labs

Temp jobs?   As part of the 2011 State of Independence study we looked at independent worker income. GigaOm's Independent Work: Another Cause of Income Inequality and Maclean's The End of the Job  look at the issues around independent work and income inequality. The key quote comes from Maclean's: "The rise of the contract worker may also be having a more wide-scale impact than previously realized.

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Top Ten Small Business Trends for 2012

Small Business Labs

  Being Human:  A trend that has rippled through our research the past couple of years - and especially in 2011 - is the growing dissatisfaction with our de-humanized world.   Senior Independents:   Also driving the growth of independent workers is the increasing number of mature workers (those aged 55+) becoming independent (freelancers, consultants, temps, etc.).  Below is our fifth annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list. 

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The Structural Shift to a Contingent Workforce

Small Business Labs

  The CNN article focuses on the growing use of temps.  Small Business Labs Tracking and Forecasting the Trends Impacting the Future of Small Business Welcome to Small Business Labs Small Business Labs, from Emergent Research , covers the key social, technology and business trends impacting small business. Follow us on Twitter Emergent Research EMERGENT RESEARCH is focused on better understanding the small business sector of the US and global economy.

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