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More Industries Moving to the On-Demand Economy

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All of these articles have appeared in the last couple of weeks.   Uber, Lyft and ridesharing services are often cited as examples.

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The Multstage Life and Self-Employment in the On-Demand Economy

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  The chart below, from her MIT Sloan Review article The Corporate Implications of Longer Lives , illustrates this shift. 

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

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See our 2010 article What's the Definition of a Coworking Facility in our old Coworking Labs Blog for our definition.  In the U.S.

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"As a Freelancer My Career is a Constant Classroom."

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These findings are why the Information Age article Rise of the IT Freelancer jumped out at us.

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Smart Machines Starting to Offer Business Advice

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The Rise of the Strategy Machines , from the MIT Sloan Management Review, covers much of the same ground as the HBR article. Web/Tech

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Coworking Has Crossed the Chasm

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See the article's comments for a spirited discussion on this topic. Dramatic increases in choice and flexibility for knowledge workers.

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What President Trump Means for the Gig Economy

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According to the Yahoo Finance article How the gig economy will fare under President Trump , the president-elect said he in favor of less regulation.

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The London Times on the Future of Work

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There's an article with the title The Future of Work is Already Here  that's clearly an advertorial for Regus.   trends

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

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  But the Fast Company article also points out something we've also seen in our research. The main reason is simply size.   1.

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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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What is Hygge?

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The article also points out hygge defies literal translation and is very hard for the non-Danish to pronounce properly.   J.

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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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Ageism Means More Self-Employed

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We hear about it mostly from baby boomers who tell us it's one of the reasons they became self-employed.  percent. but globally.

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The RideShare Guy's 2017 Driver Survey

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In addition to the article linked to above, click here for the more detailed report on the findings. 

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The Growing Biotech Gig Economy

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The WSJ article focused on companies doing this to cut costs.  and in almost every industry.

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Is the Staffing Industry Facing a Kodak Moment?

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These are good times for the temporary staffing industry. This is clearly an attempt at spin by Dameris.

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Like Coworking, Makerspaces Rapidly Growing in Numbers

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The article came out last February (we're behind in our reading).    The chart below is from the article (click to enlarge).

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Most Americans Don't Want to Be Gig Workers, But 60 Million Do

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  This led to a series of articles suggesting that this shows the gig economy is doomed because no one wants to be a freelancer ( click here for an example from Forbes ). More recently the Staffing Industry Analysts released their Gig Workforce study. They found about 60% of U.S. We and others have studied this topic for many years.

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Attitudes Towards Freelancing Improving

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  I haven't listed the data for the last two points here because it would make this article too long. We think both are good. 

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Only 58% of Employers Think Employees are More Loyal Than Freelancers

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Time Magazine has more detail in their article on the survey. We were very surprised by the results from  a recent survey  on contingent work done by a group consisting of the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, the Markle Foundation, Burson-Marsteller and TIME Magazine.

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Independents Happier, Healthier Working on Their Own

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Two articles published yesterday nicely illustrate this. MBO Partners released a preview of their 5th annual State of Independence study.

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The Stunning Growth of Small Business Globalization

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Every so often a report comes across our desk that makes us go "wow!" Companies with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 97.8 percent

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Global Interest in Coworking Booming

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  The article chart below shows the overall global growth in the search term "coworking" Coworking

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It's a Mobile World

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Here are the three article statistics I found most interesting: 1. It's moving that quickly.    2. Mobile Web/Tech

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Startups are Everywhere in the U.S.

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The article chart below (click to enlarge) shows the tech startup that has raised the most money by state. Small Business Economy Web/Tech

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Consumers Still Hungry for On-Demand Food Delivery

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Earlier this year the failure of few food delivery startups led to a number of pundits and articles claiming that the on-demand economy was in trouble.

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What is Universal Basic Income?

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As FiveThirtyEight's extensive article  What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money?   The concept is simple. Under

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Consumers Embracing the On-Demand Economy

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Key quote from the article: The NTRS data shows that while men are still the most prevalent consumers of the on-demand economy (55%), 45% are women.

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The Good and Bad of Freelancing

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Only a few articles point out that freelancing has a good side, a bad side and many shades of grey between the good and the bad.   The article does this by breaking the word freelancer into two parts - "free" (the good) and "lance" (the bad). Key quote on the "free": The ultimate perk: freedom.

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The Growing Number of Food Startups

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CB Insights , a great source of information on VC activity and startups, has an excellent article covering the growing number of food startups. 

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The Ups and Downs of the 3D Printing Industry

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The 3D printing industry is at an interesting point, with both good and bad news coming out on a regular basis. small manufacturing Web/Tech

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Study: Self-Employed Have Higher Lifetime Earnings Than Salary Workers

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This is an important study primarily because, as the Bloomberg View article states, unlike prior academic studies it shows you don't have to be nuts to become self-employed.  And yes, I sent a copy of the article to my mother.    It turns out, this accepted fact could be wrong.

Coworking's Continued Boom

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  Second, the article says Level Office paid $4.3 The article didn't mention build out costs, but they will likely be substantial.  We've written several times over the past couple of weeks on coworking's continuing growth. million to purchase six floors of the office condominium building in Chicago.

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Consulteering - A New Approach to Retirement

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  The article focuses on a retired educator who has put together a portfolio of activities to meet his goal of “balancing a life of leisure with a life of purpose.”. The article suggests more people will choose this path. As we reported last week, record numbers of Americans are working past 65. He also works part-time.

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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Small Businesses Hiring More Independent Workers

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  The article chart below shows this data for various cities (click on the chart to enlarge).

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From 20th Century Jobs to 21st Century Work

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  According to the article the key shift is towards self-management. Contingent Workforce Freelance Independent workers self-employment

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