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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. 

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Purina Survey: Dogs are Part of the Family

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Dog food manufacturer Purina recently  released the results of a survey of dog owners.    Not surprising to anyone who has followed the pet humanization trend , 95% of dog owners say their dog is part of the family. 

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Reviewing the BLS 2017 Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements Survey

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Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) caused quite a stir yesterday with the release of their 2017 Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangement (CWS) survey results.  workforce was slightly smaller than they reported the last time the survey was done, which was 13 years ago.

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Survey: 29% of American Workers Have Side Jobs

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  So we're just getting to a survey on side gigs that CareerBuilder released in September. Key quote from the survey press release : According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 29 percent of workers have a side hustle, a trend that is especially strong among the millennial demographic.

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Key Findings from the BLS's Contingent and Alternative Work Survey

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Getting somewhat lost in the debates around the results from the BLS's 2017 Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements survey (CWS) are several interesting findings about independent contractors.    The BLS defines independent contractors as someone who is self-employed and their primary job is as an independent contractor, independent consultant or freelance worker. Key findings for this segment include: 1. 79

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Google's Shadow Workforce

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They also reported more than half of surveyed small business owners plan to increase their use of non-employee talent over the next year.

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Study: Corporations Rely on Their Non-Employee Workforce

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The report chart above (click to enlarge) illustrates this and shows that the companies surveyed are spending about the same amount on external service providers and external independent workers.

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Take the Freelancers Union Live and Work Survey

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The Freelancers Union is conducting a survey on how freelancers work and live. The goals of the survey are to better understand how freelancers are changing the definition of success and how they are working with one another to improve their business outcomes.

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Study: Despite Uncertainty, Self-Employed Happier at Work Than Traditional Employees

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The study -  Work orientations, well-being and job content of self-employed and employed professionals - was conducted by professors from the Universities of Sheffield and Exeter and based on surveys of 5,000 workers in the UK, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. 

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Survey Finds 1 in 8 Office Workers Moonlight as Freelancers

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The Fiscal Times article This Is Why Freelancing Is the Hot Work Trend  covers a Staples survey showing that 12 percent of office workers do freelance work on the side in addition to their regular job. Key quote on why they freelance: Top drivers for freelancers include the flexibility to make their own hours (cited by 37 percent of those surveyed) and work-life balance (32 percent). A total of 1,528 employees were surveyed in the U.S.,

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Most Small Business Owners Positive About Automation Technology (Including its Impact on Employment)

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Intuit and Emergent Research (that's us) recently conducted a survey asking small business owners their views on the impact automation technology will have on their business over the next 5 years. Only 10% of SMB owners surveyed said automation technology would lead them to reduce staff.

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According to T. Rowe Price, Gig Economy Workers Pay More Attention To Their Money

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The invest and mutual fund firm T.

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NPR on the Gig Economy

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    It was based on a gig economy survey they conducted with Marist Poll. The highlights from their survey are: NPR/Marist Poll Highlights. Overall the survey results are consistent with the growing number of other gig economy surveys

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Survey Says Moms Want to Work Part-Time

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Interesting results from a survey from the media company Hulafrog show that most Moms want to work part-time.  The survey results are summarized in the infographic below. One important point is the survey is not based on a statistical sample of U.S.

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The Importance of the Social Side of Coworking

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Some of the key survey findings from our coworking space member research show that: 87% of respondents report that they meet other members for social reasons, with 54% saying they socialize with other members after work and/or on weekends.

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Coworking Showing Up on Small Business Surveys

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of the respondents of our annual independent worker survey. To the best of our knowledge, this was the first time coworking blipped on a national, statistically significant survey of any kind.  This survey was conducted a few months after our survey.  But these surveys reflect populations of 17 million in the case of our independent worker survey and roughly 22 million in the case of the micro business survey.

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Most Small Businesses Started by Investing Less than $30,000

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Census 2014 Survey of Entrepreneurs. Regular readers may remember back in 2014 we reported on a survey that said most small businesses are started with less than $10,000. The data from the 2014 survey was for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

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Euromonitor's Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2018

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Euromonitor International’s 2017 Global Consumer Trends Survey shows that nearly 50% of respondents across all generations aspire to being self-employed. Euromonitor International recently released their 2018 Top 10 Global Consumer Trends list,  which are listed in the chart below.

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Financial Shocks Lead to Gig Work

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  Our surveys show that 21% of on-demand gig workers - those that get work through online marketplace such as Uber, Upwork and Task Rabbit - reported they participated in this type of work to help them get through a financial hardship or shock.

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Federal Reserve Study Finds 31% of Adult Americans Do Gig Work

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  Key quote on The Fed's findings on the size of the gig economy: "Overall in 2017, 31 percent of all adults engaged in gig work in the month before the survey, up slightly from 28 percent in 2016."

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Most Small Businesses Have Less Than $400,000 in Annual Revenue

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Annual Survey of Entrepreneur s, the median U.S. According to data from the  2014 U.S. employer small business (those with paid traditional employees) generates less than $400k in revenue.

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Small Business in the Age of AI

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As the study chart below shows (click to enlarge), very few (only about 6%) of the SMB's surveyed see automation technology, including A.I., Intuit released a new study, Small Business in the Age of A.I.

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SCORE's Small Business Jobs Report and the Gig Economy

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of businesses surveyed reported replacing employees (of any type) with contractors over the past six months. SCORE , a nonprofit association that provides mentoring services to small businesses, released their fall Small Business Jobs report recently. 

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Pet Obsessed Millennials Pamper Their "Fur Babies"

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In honor of this auspicious occasion, t hey released a set of survey results on pet owning millennials. Last week the online retailer Zulily celebrated their first annual pet week.

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Survey: 1 in 3 Americans are Freelancers

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The Freelancers Union and Elance - oDesk released a study showing that 34% of the American workforce freelances in some form. According to the study, 53 million Americans said they engaged in some form of freelance work in the past year. The study breaks these folks into 5 segments: "Independent Contractors" (40%, or 21.1 million) don’t have a traditional employer and do freelance, temporary or supplemental work on a project-to-project basis. Moonlighters” (27 percent, or 14.3

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Please Take the 3rd Annual Coworking Survey

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Our friends at Deskmag have released the 3rd annual global coworking survey. Last year over 1500 people from 20+ countries filled out the survey. So if you work or have worked at coworking space please take 5-10 minutes and fill out the survey.   Click here to take the survey.  We'd like even more this year.  The data is extremely useful for everyone associated with coworking.  And, of course, Deskmag will be making the results public.

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

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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. Samaschool is a nonprofit focused on preparing low to moderate income job seekers to succeed as independent workers.

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Please Take "The Organizational Use of Video Storytelling" Survey

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   As part of this research, SNCR is doing a survey on this topic. If you are involved in the strategy or tactics related to the use of online video for your organization, please help out by taking a short survey.    Click Here to Take the Survey.

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Young Farmers: Educated, Female and Pursuing Sustainable Farming

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The National Young Farmers Coalition's report Building a Future with Farmers covers the demographics, issues and needs of young farmers (those under the age of 40). The quick summary is young farmers are quite different than old farmers. 

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NPR on Anxiety in the Gig Economy

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   NPR-Edison’s survey also found the yin and yang.    Key quote on the positives of gig work from their article  What Makes Gig Worker Anxious : "Our survey finds that gig workers highly value setting their own schedule and being their own boss."

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Vanity Fair Covers the Contingent Worker Supplement to the Current Population Survey

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Vanity Fair's The Obama Administration Is Finally Getting Serious About the On-Demand Economy covers the plan by the Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to run the contingent worker supplement as part of the May 2017 current population survey

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The Cities With the Most Self-Employed

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The quick answer is the non-employer data comes from IRS data, while self-employment data comes from the BLS's monthly current population survey. A new report from the Stephen S.

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Contingent Labor Comprises 38% of Corporate Workforces

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  The study is based on a survey and series of interviews with mostly HR and procurement professionals at large corporations.  Ardent Partners recently released their 2016-2017 State of Contingent Workforce Management report. 

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42% of Young Small Businesses Use Contract Workers

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This is the second in a series of reports based on their 2016 small business credit survey.    We say "possibly" because the survey didn't go into detail on how much contract workers are working at these firms. The U.S.

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Survey - How Small Businesses View Big Data

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As part of the broader Big Data for the Little Guy project, Intuit surveyed 500 small business owners to learn more about how they view big data and its potential. The survey asked for their top reason, but I'm sure if they had been asked to list all the potential barriers most of these would be listed by most of the respondents.

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Most Cities Embracing the Sharing Economy

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cities surveyed already are using drones.  It's always interesting how the media covers the sharing economy.    Take for example the coverage of the recent National League of Cities report  Cities and the Innovation Economy: Perceptions of Local Leaders.

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Despite a Strong Job Market, 3 in 10 Brits Planning to Become Self-Employed

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The study also surveyed people who are currently self-employed. According to a study from the U.K.'s 's Aldemore Bank , nearly three in 10 British workers (29%) plan to become self-employed.

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Why the Polls Were Wrong

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We don't do political polling, but we do a lot of surveys here at Small Business Labs. This is interesting because survey errors usually go both ways.  Consumers of polling and survey data should keep this mind while reading or reviewing survey results of any kind.

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Healthcare Industry Embracing the Gig Economy

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71%  of healthcare executives surveyed said they are already using on-demand labor platforms, and the same percent believe that building a strong contingent workforce will help them win the war on talent.

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The Institute for the Future's Profile of On-Demand Economy Workers

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We used statistical clustering based on the results of a survey of about 4500 on-demand economy workers.    We're currently in the field with this year's On-Demand Economy survey.

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