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More on the Changing Nature of Retirement

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There's been a recent flurry of articles on retirement, mostly focusing on older people staying in the workforce longer than prior generations. An examples is Harvard Business Review's When No One Retires.

A Look at Non-Employer Businesses from the SBA

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The U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Advocacy recently released A Look at Non-Employer Businesses , a one-page summary of key data on non-employers businesses. "Non-employer"

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Why Independent Work and Coworking Increase Mental and Physical Well-Being

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McKinsey's  The overlooked essentials of employee well-being focuses on how companies can improve the well-being of their employees.

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Online Platforms Enabling the Rise of Global Micro Outsourcing Firms

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Oxford's Internet Institute's research paper The Global Platform Economy: A New Offshoring Institution Enabling Emerging- Economy Micro-Providers covers how online platforms are creating an alternative to traditional outsourcing.

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Liveops Distributed, Work at Home, Independent Call Center Workforce

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Liveops provides cloud-based call center services that utilize an on-demand workforce of agents who live in the U.S. The agents are independent workers who contract with Liveops and work remotely, mostly from home.

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Social Network Support Helps Turn Knitting Hobbyists into Hobbypreneurs

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A recent academic paper -  Knitting Community: Human and Social Capital in the Early Transition into Entrepreneurship - covers research on the process hobby knitters go through to decide to turn their hobby into a business.

2018 161

The Rise of the "Elite Expert Segment of the Gig Economy"

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How To Be A Rock Star In The Elite Expert Segment Of The Gig Economy is an interesting white paper from The Luxury Institute, which claims to be "the world's most trusted luxury and premium goods and services consulting firm." " The Luxury Institute is an expert network firm.

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More on Agility from Gallup and Catalant

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After posting on corporations looking to increase their agility on Tuesday, we found two new reports on business agility in our mailbox on Wednesday. Gallup pointed us to their report The Real Future of Work: The Agility Issue.

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Can Traditional Employment Match the Flexibility of Independent Work?

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We've long found in our research that having work flexibility, autonomy and control are key reasons people become and like being independent workers (freelancers, contractors, self-employed, etc.). 

2018 186

Use of Contract Labor by Small Businesses Continues to Grow

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The IRS released their 2016 tax data on sole proprietors.    The data covers business receipts, deductions, and net income reported by taxpayers on Schedule C of tax Form 1040.

2018 205

What Highly Skilled Independent Workers Want

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The global accounting and professional services firm EY has developed GigNow , an external online talent platform. 

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Poverty in America

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In September the U.s. Census Bureau released the Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2017. It reports that 13.9% of Americans lived in poverty in 2017, which is statistically the same as in 2016. This leads to the obvious question what is - and why is there - a supplemental poverty measure.

2018 161

The State of the U.S. Heartland

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Brookings and the Walton Family Foundation teamed up to produce The State of the Heartland. It's a detailed study of the U.S. Heartland using 26 socioeconomic variables to assess how the region's economy has been performing since the Great Recession. trends

2018 164

This Old Marketing Farewell Episode: Sometimes the End Is a Beginning

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. . In our grand finale episode, Robert kicks things off by pondering the decision to end something, so that something else can begin.

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The Staffing Industry Analysts on the Gig Economy and Cloud Labor

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The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) recently released their U.S. Gig Economy - 2018 Edition report. They found that about 48 million Americans are in the gig economy, which is 31% of the workforce. They also found about 13.7 million Americans are human cloud workers. 

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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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Study Finds Middle Aged Professionals Moving to the Countryside

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A study out of the University of Minnesota found that in Minnesota while the younger adults were leaving small, rural towns, people in their thirties, forties and fifties were returning.    The chart below shows the key findings from the study.

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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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Digital Nomads Enter the Mainstream

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MBO Partners last week released Digital Nomadism: A Rising Trend , a research brief on digital nomads. We worked with MBO Partners on this study. Digital Nomads are wanderers who have a location-independent lifestyle that allows them to travel and work anywhere they can plug into the Internet. 

2018 182

Upwork Going Public; Shows Maturation of Online Talent Marketplace Industry

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The online freelance talent marketplace Upwork filed last week to go public.    According to the filing, Upwork has 375,000 registered freelancers and 475,000 client businesses located across 180 countries.    The company reported sales of $164.4 million in 2016 and $202.6

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Video: 7 Tips to Start Small Scale Manufacturing

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7 Tips to Start Small Scale Manufacturing - Business Ideas for Product Makers is a fun and interesting video designed to help makers and other small manufacturers build their business. The video, below, is from the YouTube maker video channel from the highly energetic Evan and Katelyn.

2018 173

U.S. Non-Profit Sector: Big, Growing and Mostly Comprised of Small Non-Profits

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The Johns Hopkins Non-Profit Economic Data Project recently released new data on the the non-profit sector of the economy. The data is for 2016 (the most recent available) and was developed in conjunction with the U.S. BLS ( click here to go the BLS's non-profit data landing page ). 

2018 170

According to LinkedIn, Most SMBs Use Freelancers

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A recent survey by LinkedIn found that 70% of U.S. small businesses have hired a freelancer in the past and about 50% currently are using freelancers. LinkedIn also found most SMBs plan to hire more freelancers in the future.

2018 176

The Robot Business is Hard - Rethink Robotics Shuts Down

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With all the noise around AI and robotics these days, you'd think this is a great time to be a company that makes robots. And in many ways, it is. According to the International Federation of Robotics, an industry body, worldwide sales of robots increased by 31% in 2017. 

2018 149

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. 

2018 188

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.

2018 218

JP Morgan Chase's 2018 Online Platform Study and Rideshare Driver Earnings

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The JP Morgan Chase Institute released their 2018 Online Platform Economy in 2018 study this week. It generated a lot of media attention, most of which focused on the data showing the average rideshare driver's earnings per month declined 53% between 2013 and 2017 (click on the chart to enlarge).

2018 156

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.

2018 176

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.

2018 214

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.

2018 215

Measuring the Gig Economy is Not Easy

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the results of their Electronically Mediated Work study. They found about 1% of the U.S. workforce used an online labor platform during their reference week in May of 2017. This works out to about 1.6 million people.

2018 152

Survey: Satisfaction Levels for Gig Workers and Traditional Workers Similar

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Morning Consult's In a Robust Job Market, Gig Workers Satisfaction on a Par With Wider Workforce covers the results of their recent survey of employed Americans.

2018 156

Google's Shadow Workforce

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Bloomberg's Inside Google's Shadow Workforce covers the use by Google of what they call TVCs, or “temps, vendors and contractors" According to the article about half of Google's workforce is comprised of TVCs. 

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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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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. 

2018 182

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 176

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.

2018 195

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

Gallup Says 36% Of U.S. Workers are in the Gig Economy

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Last week Gallup released the results of their  Gig Economy and Alternative Work Arrangements  study.    Gallup found that 36% of U.S. workers are gig workers. Key quote from their report: "Gallup estimates that 29% of all workers in the U.S.

2018 164

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 179

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. 

2018 210

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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The Rise of Small "Speed Factories"

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