Uber's Safety Report

Small Business Labs

safety report that provides details on the number of sexual assaults, murders and fatal crashes that occurred through its platform in 2017 and 2018. The New York Times article headline on the report - Uber Says 3,045 Sexual Assaults Were Reported in U.S.

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Guide To Life Insurance: How to Make Sure Your Policy Takes Care of You

Dumb Little Man

In this article, you’ll learn the best tricks to make sure your life insurance policy is prepared to take care of you and your family. The premise of the claim is that the payments you make into the policy build cash value (almost like an investment) which you can later use as collateral for loans or payment for your monthly insurance premiums. In reality, the monthly premiums are almost always so much higher than for a similar term policy. Life Insurance.

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The Intuit 2020 Report - 20 Trends for the Next Decade

Small Business Labs

Reports and Resources Intuit 2020 Research Report Todays Hobbyists are Tomorrows Hobbypreneurs Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force Research Brief - Small Business Credit Outlook The Economic Stimulus Package: Whats in it for Growing Businesses? The report covers 20 key demographic, social, economic and technology trends.    Much of the work behind this report was done as part of Intuit's annual planning process.  This

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Report: Tech in 2020: Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

Small Business Labs

  Similar in style to Mary Meeker's well known annual Internet Trends Report , Evans' report covers similar ground and is full of charts and data.    And like Meeker's report, it's long at 128 pages.

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11 Halos - Part 3 (reporting & fans)

Loosely Speaking

Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs 11 Halos – Part 3 (reporting & fans) Friday, June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm // By: // Category: Baseball Today, he drove to Tempe, to the Angels Tempe Diablo Stadium to report. Comments: 0 Leave a Reply Site Pages Commenting Policy About ktcosmos Got Loose Change?

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May's Controversial Jobs Report

Small Business Labs

May's Employment Situation Summary report (also known as the "jobs report) from the U.S.    The BLS reported employment rose by 2.5 explains one issue with the May report.  Government Policy trends

2020 65

Encouraging U.S. Commerce Report on "Digital Matching Firms"

Small Business Labs

Commerce's department report  Digital Matching Firms: A New Definition in the “Sharing Economy” Space  is, in our opinion, a pretty balanced view of sharing/digital matching firms and their growing economic role. The report attempts to accomplish two goals.  I was encouraged by this report and the way it presented both benefits and problems.   I was also recently on a panel with a senior policy person from the Department of Labor. The U.S.

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My Health Care Risk Shift Mistake

Small Business Labs

  We cover the Risk Shift and what it means for financial institutions in a article on Banking.com , and it's one of the 20 key trends in the Intuit 2020 Report.    government policy Intuit 2020 Trends Report trendsI recently personally experienced one of the trends we follow - The Risk Shift.   The    The bottom line: I spent over $800 for x-rays that should have cost me $37.    Let me explain.

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Uber's Third Way for Independent Contractors

Small Business Labs

Uber's 18-page report, A First Step Toward A New Model For Independent Platform Work , outlines their proposal for improving the financial security of independent contractors, especially Uber drivers.    The report has a series of nine proposals from Uber. 

2020 66

Small Business Owners Don't Like Taxes

Small Business Labs

The recently released Wasp Barcode Small Business Accounting Report supports this.  As the report chart below shows and Wasp highlights in their blog post on the report , 52% of respondents report that they pay too much on taxes are they are not sure. Government Policy Small Business Economy I've never met a small business owner who liked taxes. No surprise there.

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U.S. Census Pulse Survey Finds Small Businesses Getting Slammed

Small Business Labs

   As the Census chart below (click to enlarge) shows , 51% of the small businesses surveyed reported that the pandemic was having a large negative effect on their business.    Another 39% reported it has had a moderate negative effect. The U.S.

2020 69

COVID-19's Huge Financial Impact on Cities

Small Business Labs

The NLC survey shows that 74% of cities have started to cut their budgets, with 20% reporting across-the-board reductions. Government Policy

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Consumer Reports’ naughty and nice list for holiday shoppers

Service Untitled

On Monday, Consumer Reports published its first Naughty and Nice Holiday List. The input came from reporters and editors and covered shopping, travel, hospitality, and telecommunications, and identifies some good and some frowned upon shopping policies of 20 popular organizations. Their reports are not reflective of a company as a whole and were not based on specific policies.

Brookings 2019 Trends to Watch

Small Business Labs

The Brookings Institute is a large and influential DC public policy think tank. They recently released a report with their 2019 Trends to Watch. The report is targeted at government policy makers and lists the issues Brookings experts "expect will shape the world this year and the solutions to address them." " Although targeted at policy makers, many of the trends are on technology, trade and other issues related to business.

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Growing Consensus: Obamacare Good for Entrepreneurship

Small Business Labs

  This study adds to a recent report by the Kauffman-RAND Institute for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy saying the law could increase the number of new U.S.    Contingent Workforce Freelance Government Policy Independent workers There's a growing number of studies suggesting that the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) is going to increase entrepreneurship and self-employment.

2013 151

California's New Gig Law, AB5, Ignores the Growing Role of Remote Work

Small Business Labs

Patch Media has placed an ad looking for reporters to cover stories about California, so long as the reporters don't actually live in California. Forcing these workers to be traditional employees is bad policy.   gig economy Government Policy self-employment

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The Growing Numbers of Not Working

Small Business Labs

The most recent BLS jobs report showed that almost 500,000 Americans left the workforce  in March, resulting in the workforce participation rate falling to 63.3%.   Government Policy  This is the lowest its been since 1979.   There's a pretty active debate over what's driving this decrease. We covered this last year in our article Workforce Participation: Where's Everyone Going?

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The Rise of the Underground Economy

Small Business Labs

A 2011 by Richard Cebula and Edgar Feige estimated that as much as “18-19 percent of total reportable income is not properly reported to the IRS.”   Government Policy trends Last year we suggested growth in the underground economy is likely a key reason workforce participation has fallen so much in the U.S.    Others are starting to also suggest this.

2013 147

Workforce Participation: Where is Everyone Going?

Small Business Labs

Ugly is only way to describe the August job report.  The informal economy is a nice term for businesses that are illegal, or choosing not to report income and pay taxes, or business activity done on a barter basis. government policy trends Non-farm payrolls grew by an anemic 93,000.   And if you look under the hood at the new jobs, you find the greatest gains came from the food services and drinking sector.

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Measuring the Impact of the Invisible Economy of Independent Work

Small Business Labs

Elance's  monthly jobs report  aims to supplement the monthly Bureau of Labor statistics employment report which, according to Elance, "does not fully capture independent workers due to outdated reporting standards."  This year's MBO Partners State of Independence Report shows that 17.7   Government Policy Independent workers trends

2013 127

How to Manage the Rush Jobs

Ian's Messy Desk

It’s 3:00 in the afternoon and your boss calls from the road and says, “Drop everything, I need this report in an hour.&# Instead, you make the suggestion as to what should be deferred to accommodate the job. &# I suggest we move the deadline for the widget report to Wednesday. Ian’s Messy Desk Helping you get the most out of the 24 hours in your day.

2010 162

The Post Office Expanding Use of Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

 According to a labor report written by the Post Office in 2011 , they are looking to grow their contingent workforce to 30% of their total workforce by 2015. Contingent Workforce Government Policy Independent workers Interesting interview with the head of the U.S. Postal Service in the Wall Street Journal. Lots of information on how the Post Office is doing financially (quick summary - not well) and how it hopes to return to solvency.

2013 135

Is Sam's Club the Answer to the Small Business Credit Crunch?

Small Business Labs

Reports and Resources Intuit 2020 Research Report Todays Hobbyists are Tomorrows Hobbypreneurs Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force Research Brief - Small Business Credit Outlook The Economic Stimulus Package: Whats in it for Growing Businesses?   Lending standards have gotten tighter, banks have reduced their credit offerings and many small businesses report they can't get the credit they need to operate and grow. 

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Most Cities Embracing the Sharing Economy

Small Business Labs

  Take for example the coverage of the recent National League of Cities report  Cities and the Innovation Economy: Perceptions of Local Leaders. It reports that 55% of cities have a good or very good relationship with sharing economy companies like Airbnb and Uber (see chart below; click to enlarge) and that 4 out of 5 cities support the growth of the sharing economy.   So naturally, Fast Company's article's headline on the report is 33% Of U.S.

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Time Spent on Social Networks Exploding; Email and IM Fading

Small Business Labs

Reports and Resources Intuit 2020 Research Report Todays Hobbyists are Tomorrows Hobbypreneurs Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force Research Brief - Small Business Credit Outlook The Economic Stimulus Package: Whats in it for Growing Businesses?

The New Multinationals: Small, Micro and Solo Businesses Driving the Next Wave of Globalization

Small Business Labs

  To help these micro multinationals, the Global Innovation Forum has released Simple Steps for Global Success , a report with advice on how startups, small businesses and freelancers can successfully engage in global markets. The report focuses on 4 steps small businesses can take to become successful exporters. See the report for more details.    Globalization Government Policy trends

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Good News - The Unemployment Rate Went Up in August

Small Business Labs

Reports and Resources Intuit 2020 Research Report Todays Hobbyists are Tomorrows Hobbypreneurs Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force Research Brief - Small Business Credit Outlook The Economic Stimulus Package: Whats in it for Growing Businesses?   But August's employment report had some good news, including private sector employment increasing by a better than expected 67,000. 

2010 127

Obamacare Not Only Driver of Part-Time Jobs

Small Business Labs

June's employment report was good news. Contingent Workforce Government Policy Independent workers trends Net jobs increased by 195,000 jobs and over 200,000 private sector jobs were added.  The BLS also  revised upward  the prior two months by 70,000 jobs.   Overall, the last 3 months have been the best job producing quarter since prior to the recession.

2013 132

PWC's 2040 Industry Cluster Forecast

Small Business Labs

Reports and Resources Intuit 2020 Research Report Todays Hobbyists are Tomorrows Hobbypreneurs Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force Research Brief - Small Business Credit Outlook The Economic Stimulus Package: Whats in it for Growing Businesses?

2010 121

More Canadians Becoming Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Reports and Resources Intuit 2020 Research Report Todays Hobbyists are Tomorrows Hobbypreneurs Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force Research Brief - Small Business Credit Outlook The Economic Stimulus Package: Whats in it for Growing Businesses?

2010 121

The Taylor Review: The British Government Looks at the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Both labour and industry groups in the UK are criticizing the report.    The Independent's Matthew Taylor review: Unions slam gig economy report for 'spectacular failure' to deliver on promises  obviously covers the fact that unions don't like the report.   The report calls for measures to help boost the rights of workers for companies such as Uber and the popular U.K. The other finding of note in the report is that the U.K.

2017 56

Tablet Sales Forecasted to Explode

Small Business Labs

Reports and Resources Intuit 2020 Research Report Todays Hobbyists are Tomorrows Hobbypreneurs Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force Research Brief - Small Business Credit Outlook The Economic Stimulus Package: Whats in it for Growing Businesses? Posted by: solar motion light | November 03, 2010 at 01:51 AM Hi steve, great encouraging report!

2010 117

Health Grows to 17.6% of U.S. Economy

Small Business Labs

  In the Intuit 2020 Report we forecast that U.S.   government policy trendsIf like us you're worried about health care spending, there's some good news and some bad news.    The good news is U.S. health spending grew just 4% in 2009 , the lowest growth rate in the 50 years the government has tracked this data.    The bad news is, due to the recession, health spending hit an all time record of 17.6% of 2009 U.S.

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The Online Platform Economy as a Safety Net

Small Business Labs

  In that study, we found 21% of online platform workers reported they participated in this type of work to get through financial hardships or shocks, such as a job loss or major medical expenditures.     gig economy Government Policy Independent workersThe JP Morgan Chase Institute recently released a new study, Bridging the Gap: How Families Use the Online Platform Economy to Manage their Cash Flow. 

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Coworking Labs - Our New Research Blog for our Coworking Project

Small Business Labs

Reports and Resources Intuit 2020 Research Report Todays Hobbyists are Tomorrows Hobbypreneurs Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force Research Brief - Small Business Credit Outlook The Economic Stimulus Package: Whats in it for Growing Businesses?   We will be reporting on the project and coworking in general on our new CoworkingLabs project blog. 

2010 113

Business Week, The Economist on the Trickle Down Recovery

Small Business Labs

Reports and Resources Intuit 2020 Research Report Todays Hobbyists are Tomorrows Hobbypreneurs Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force Research Brief - Small Business Credit Outlook The Economic Stimulus Package: Whats in it for Growing Businesses?   Two recent mainstream media articles discuss this: The Perils of Being Small from the Economist reports on small businesses shed jobs at a higher rate than large corporations during the recession and have been slower to recover. 

2010 109

Disruption and the Analyst Industry

Small Business Labs

Reports and Resources Intuit 2020 Research Report Todays Hobbyists are Tomorrows Hobbypreneurs Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force Research Brief - Small Business Credit Outlook The Economic Stimulus Package: Whats in it for Growing Businesses?   It is a analyst service that provides research reports and analysis on emerging technology. 

2010 109

5 Tips for Handling Unwanted Workplace Visitors

Ian's Messy Desk

Plenty of time to put the finishing touches on the month end staffing report. Ian’s Messy Desk Helping you get the most out of the 24 hours in your day. Home About Contact Me Links Sitemap 5 Tips for Handling Unwanted Workplace Visitors Posted by Ian McKenzie Written on July 7, 2010 If youre new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Or, if you prefer, you can subscribe to my blog posts by e-mail. Thanks for visiting! You’ve got a full hour between meetings.

2010 122

Uber and Lyft Offer to Compromise Over Driver Concerns

Small Business Labs

The obvious answer is the creation of portable benefits (see this recent report from the Aspen Institute on portable benefits for more details). Freelance gig economy Government PolicyYesterday the CEO's of Uber and Lyft published an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle offering to support efforts to improve the working conditions, wages and rights of their drivers. 

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Regional Virtual Assistant Retreat?

Loosely Speaking

Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 10:40 am // By: // Category: Life of the Virtual Assistant Entrepreneurs who work from home often report a sense of isolation, caused by, well, working in isolation much of the time. Comments: 0 Leave a Reply Site Pages Commenting Policy About ktcosmos Got Loose Change? Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Regional Virtual Assistant Retreat?

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Virtual Assistants: Eliminate Last Minute Requests From Clients

Step It Up VA Coaching

Visit [link] to receive the free report, Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid in Creating a 6-Figure VA Business. Uncategorized business policies business standards client demands client emergencies managing client expectations virtual assistant virtual assistingBy Donna Toothaker. In a perfect world, clients would never make last minute requests. However, the reality is that many clients don’t know any better and lack the skills to plan ahead.

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What's Causing the Decline in Small Business Lending?

Small Business Labs

Reports and Resources Intuit 2020 Research Report Todays Hobbyists are Tomorrows Hobbypreneurs Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force Research Brief - Small Business Credit Outlook The Economic Stimulus Package: Whats in it for Growing Businesses?   Many have noted the decline in lending during the recession and a number of policy efforts to stimulate lending to small businesses have been suggested or implemented. 

2010 135

Obamacare's Impact on Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

So the impact of Obamacare on the self-employed is even greater than reported in the Treasury study. Government Policy Independent workers Small Business EconomyThere's no doubt the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or better known as Obamacare) has been a good for freelancers, the self-employed and other independent workers. As the chart below shows, the percentage of full-time independent workers with health insurance has increased from 64% in 2013 to 83% in 2016.

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