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Wunderman Thompson's 2021 Future 100 Trends Report

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The 2021 edition of the annual Wunderman Thompson Future 100 report was released last year.    It's one of our favorite trend reports.  This year’s report also includes 21 exclusive predictions from leading experts across industries to mark 2021.

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The World Economic Forum's 2021 Global Risk Report

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The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Risk Report identifies the top risks faced by businesses and society over the next decade.   COVID-19 has obviously changed the view of infectious disease risk, which came in 10th in the pre-COVID 2020 report.

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Wasp Barcode's Excellent Small Business Accounting Report

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Kudos to Wasp Barcode Technologies for their excellent Small Business Accounting report. According to their blog post on the report , the key findings include: 52% of respondents report that they pay too much on taxes are they are not sure. It contains survey results from companies with 11-100 employees on issues related to their accounting and finance functions.

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Uber's Safety Report

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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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CNN's Positive Report on Freelancing

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CNN did a very positive report on freelancing recently. See the MBO Partners State of Independent report - which is mentioned in the CNN piece and we helped produce - for more details. The 2013 MBO Partners State of Independence report will be released early this fall.

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Mary Meeker's 2014 Internet Trends Report

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Her annual Internet Trends Report is a mere 164 pages of data intensive charts and graphs covering pretty much everything worth knowing about the Internet. The report is so big I won't try to summarize it here. The second is the stunning growth of tablets, which is nicely shown in the chart below from Meeker's report. Mary Meeker is a partner at the top shelf venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins.

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Solid Jobs Report

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  But overall a solid jobs report that shows the economy is on a solid, if modest, growth path The January Employment Situation Summary from the BLS was quite positive.  Total non-farm employment increased 234,000 and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3%.   More importantly, private employment increased by 257,000, more than off-setting a small decline in government employment.  This continues a trend towards stronger private sector hiring.

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

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  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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The Intuit 2020 Report - 20 Trends for the Next Decade

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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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The Reports of the 1099 Economy's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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If you followed most of last week's news about a ruling by  by the California Labor Commission that a Uber driver was an employee and not a contract worker, you'd think the 1099 economy will soon be dead.    But, of course, it's not. My first thought was to write a long article listing the reasons. But I decided it would be easier to reference the articles already out there that present a balanced view of this decision.

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Intuit Future of Small Business Report

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These trends - and others that will be explored in future reports - are resulting in growing numbers of successful small businesses. The report chart below highlights the forecast that the number of U.S. The Forbes article Why Small Business Will Skyrocket in 10 Years - Especially for Solopreneurs  provides more detail on this report and also covers several other reports related to this topic. Disclosure: Emergent Research partnered with Intuit on this report

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We're Nearing Peak Fossil Fuel Demand

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   As McKinsey's report chart below shows (click to enlarge), global coal demand peaked in 2014 and they are projecting oil demand to peak in 2029, and natural gas demand peaking in 2037.

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SCORE's Small Business Jobs Report and the Gig Economy

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SCORE , a nonprofit association that provides mentoring services to small businesses, released their fall Small Business Jobs report recently.    According to the report: Business owners reported a 37% increase in hiring gig workers over the past six months, compared to increases of 13% for full-time employees, 22% for part-time employees, and 12% for part-time independent contractors.

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JungleScout's State of the Amazon Seller

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  They recently released their 2021 State of the Amazon Seller Report. This report covers who Amazon's small business sellers are, what and how they’re selling, how they are responding to the pandemic induced increase in ecommerce and their future plans.

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CIPD Reports 1 in 7 UK Self-Employed

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UK self-employment continues to rise , a new report in their megatrends series. So we won't bother covering the report in any detail, except to point out 3 of its charts. Regular readers knowwe've been reporting on data like this for over a decade. We've  We've also long reported on the downsides of being self-employed, including the people exploited by  the dark side of self-employment.  So we'll keep reporting on it.

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Incorporated Self-Employment Included in Monthly BLS Reporting

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  Until January, the BLS only reported unincorporated self-employment in their monthly release.    The monthly Employment Situation report is probably the world's most watched and analyzed statistical release.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) added data on the number incorporated self-employed to their monthly employment indicators release.    It's on the bottom of Table A-9. 

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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. This is especially true for what the report calls Reluctant Independents.   Despite the overall decline in Full-Time Independents, the number of independent workers reporting making $100,000 or more continued to increase.

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Intuit 2020 Report: The Future of Financial Services

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Intuit recently released a new report on The Future of Financial Services.  We have a blog post on with more on the report, which covered 4 broad trend areas: 1.  Intuit 2020: The Future of Financial Services builds on the data, trends and forecasts in the Intuit 2020 report , which identifies 20 emerging trends and shifts that will shape business and society over the next decade.   Click here to download the report.

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The Legal and Tax Complications Faced by Digital Nomads and Their Employers

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The large corporate labor and employment law firm Littler recently released its first Global Transformation Initiative report (warning - it's long and written by lawyers for lawyers).  

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Samaschool's "The Future of Work is Independent" Report Series

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  The first report, A Primer on Independent Work , provides an excellent overview of the gig economy and independent work, including a comprehensive review of recent gig economy studies. The second report, How Low Income Job Seekers Use Independent Work , looks at the financial impact of their program and provides data from a survey of program alumni.

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Recode's 10 ways office work will never be the same

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At around 4,000 words, Recode's 10 ways office work will never be the same is really more of a report than an article. If an analyst or consulting firm produced this report, it would cost thousands of dollars. 

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HOK's Coworking Report: A Corporate Real Estate Perspective

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The global design and architecture firm HOK recently released a new report looking at the coworking industry from the corporate real estate perspective.  " The report covers a lot of ground and we found all the chapters interesting. Below is a report chart showing the things corporations should consider if they are thinking about opening a corporate coworking space. The report is well worth reading.

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Barlow Research on Small Business Exporters

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What's so interesting to us is microbusinesses report fewer challenges than midmarket firms do.     But none of the other challenges reported by midmarket companies even blip with microbusinesses.

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The Long Term Shift in Business Applications to Solopreneurs

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  Because EINs are needed for tax reporting, almost all employer businesses and most solopreneurs have them.   In the early 2000s, about 60% of all new business applications were from businesses planning on having employees. 

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What is Good Information Hygiene?

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But we were particularly struck by Edelman's concept of "information hygiene" in this year's report.   Edelman released their 2021 Trust Barometer , which is an annual global study on the level of trust citizens have in institutions.

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American Express on The Rise of the Digital Nomad

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American Express recently released its annual Global Travel Trends report.     Key quote from the report: " 54% of respondents (U.S.)    And not surprisingly, one of their trends was on digital nomads. 

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Digital Nomad Numbers Skyrocket Thanks to Work From Anywhere

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This data comes from COVID-19 and the Rise of the Digital Nomad , which is the report on the third year of an ongoing research series on digital nomads conducted by MBO Partners. Relatedly, 41 percent report they are spending less time traveling. The number of U.S.

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Key Findings from 10 Years of Studying the Gig Economy: Freelancers Happier and Healthier

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One of the clearest findings of the decade-long MBO Partners State of Independence study is full-time Independent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, the self-employed) consistently report that they believe they're happier and healthier because they are independent workers.

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Mary Meeker's Annual Internet Trends Report

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Venture Capital firm Kleiner-Perkins released the 2016 edition of Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report last week (Meeker is a partner at KPCB).    Meeker's annual report is hugely popular, well worth reading and full of interesting data. As the report points out, the global economy slowing and the growth of the Internet is slowing. Or, as the report says, the "easy growth is behind us" 2.

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Business Applications Continue to Surge

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When we reported on the Q3 numbers last November , we said: It's too early to know if this surge is a one-time event, or it signals a substantial uptick in small/solopreneur business formation going forward.   There were 1.15

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Key Findings from 10 Years of Studying the Gig Economy: The Rise of Microbusiness Exporters

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For example, according to eBay's 2020 United States Small Online Business Report : " 96 percent of small businesses on eBay in the United States export internationally, sending goods to an average of 17 foreign countries.

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Coworking Spaces are Human Spaces

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Learning related: 69% reported they learned new skills. 68% reported they improved their existing skill set. 67% reported they attend events at their coworking space occasionally (45%) or often (21%); only 4% said they never attend events. Social related: 87% report they meet other members for social reasons, with 54% saying they socialize with other members after work and/or on weekends. 78% reported that coworking helps keep them sane.

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May's Controversial Jobs Report

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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

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Poshmark and the Rise of Social Selling

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  Especially interesting is the percent of independent workers reporting social is their top source of customers has gone from effectively zero in 2014 (it was.3%) to 10% in 2020.  

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Study Shows Most Want to Go Back to Offices, at Least Part-Time

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Work From Home Survey 2020 report. The key study finding, as the report chart below shows (click to enlarge), is only 12% say they want to work from home full-time. " The report chart below shows the top 3 reasons the respondents listed for going to the office.

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Most Small Businesses are Started with Less than $10,000

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These solopreneurs report on average that spend $5,000 or less getting their businesses going. For more on this, see the 2014 MBO State of Independence report which covers the growth of the independent work force. Intuit recently did a survey of small business owners. A key finding was 64% of small business owners surveyed said they started their business with less than $10,000 in invested capital.

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Key Findings from 10 Years of Studying the Gig Economy

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Last week, MBO Partners released its 10th annual report in the MBO Partners State of Independence research series. Emergent Research (that's us) worked with MBO Partners on this ongoing study across all 10 years.

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Coworking Members Learning New Skills, Becoming More Successful

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One of the more interesting findings from our recent survey of coworking members is how many reported they had learned new skills - or improved their existing skills - due to their coworking space membership: 69% of the respondents reported they learned new skills. 68% of the respondents reported they improved their existing skill set. 67% of the respondents reported attending events and/or educational programs often (21%) or occasionally (45%).

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

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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. The U.S.

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The 2013 State of Independence Report Released

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The 2013 MBO Partners State of Independence Report was released today.    - Satisfaction with independent work continued to be high, with 64% of the respondents reporting they are highly satisfied. This is consistent with the satisfaction levels reported in the prior two years. - The majority (56%) of independent workers reported they chose to be independent, again consistent with the results from prior years.

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

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The 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence Report was released today. 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. 79% of independent workers reported they are happier due to being independent.

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The K-Shaped Recovery

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Households Face A Financial Crisis 54% of those with household incomes below $100,000 reported serious financial problems due to the pandemic, compared with only 20% of those with incomes above that threshold. There's much talk these days about a K-shaped recovery.

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Uber's Third Way for Independent Contractors

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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. 

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