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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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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: 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.    Morning Consult also provides their questions and a detailed set of survey crosstab results.

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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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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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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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The RideShare Guy's 2017 Driver Survey

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The RideShare Guy released their  2017 Survey Results: Driver Earnings, Satisfaction and Demographics.  This confirms something we see across all our survey work on the gig economy.

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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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Podcasting Entering the Mainstream

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  According to The Infinite Dial 2019 , an annual survey conducted by Edison Research and Triton Digital, more than half of all adult Americans have listened to one. In case you hadn't heard, podcasting is booming. 

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The Most Common Professions of Skilled Freelancers Working for Businesses

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  Since this data is based on a survey of independent workers who provide services to businesses, the list is dominated by highly skilled knowledge work categories.  We're often asked what the most popular professions are for freelancers and independent workers.

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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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Results from the European Freelancers Study

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The European online talent marketplace Malt and the European Forum for Independent Professionals recently released Freelancing in Europe , a study based on a survey of close to 1,000 European freelancers. 

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Academic Studies Show Gig Economy Larger Than Government Data Suggests

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  Making Ends Meet: The Role of Informal Work in Supplementing Americans’ Income looked at data from the Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Household Economics and Decision Making (SHED). The BLS 2017 Alternative Employment Arrangement Survey results even showed the share of U.S.

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Media Bias and Pew's On-Demand Economy Survey

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Despite the impressive numbers, the press has been reporting that the Pew survey found few Americans are participating in the on-demand economy. Most of the media is not positive about the on-demand economy.

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Half of U.S. Full-Time Employees Plan to Defer Retirement Due to Financial Reasons

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The study is based on a survey of 2,675 adult Americans with a full-time job at companies with at least two employees. It shows that 52% of the full-time employees surveyed said they plan to postpone their retirement due to their financial situation.

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Mercer's Global Talent Trends - Disruption and Greater Use of Non-Employee Labor Ahead

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For the 2019 edition of this study, they surveyed over 7,300 business executives, HR leaders, and employees from around the world on a variety of talent and HR issues. The global human capital consulting and services firm Mercer recently released their annual Global Talent Trends study.

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Accountants Save Small Businesses Time, Money and Stress at Tax Time

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According to a recent Intuit survey , about 60% of small businesses with fewer than 20 employees use outside accountants to help them with their taxes.    The study chart below shows the answers given by the survey respondents.

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32 Million Americans Say They Will Start a Business in 2019. Most Won't.

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According to a recent Job Creators Network Foundation survey , "Sixteen-percent of Americans say they are likely to start a new business in 2019." This is an example of the false positive problem with survey data. 

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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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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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Does It Pay to Be a Writer? Yes, But Not Well For Most

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Several recent surveys focused on the pay rates on income of independent and freelance writers. The Authors Guild’s 2018 Author Income Survey collected pay data from over 5,000 published book authors.   The second survey comes from The Make a Living Writing blog.

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Gig Workers and Economic Anxiety

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Marketplace and Edison research recently released Americans and the Gig Economy, a survey of gig workers.    The survey covered a lot of ground, including finding about 24% of American 18 and older are gig workers.

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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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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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Ride Sharing Continues Rapid Grow

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adults say they have ever used a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in fall 2018. Pew Research recently did a study on the use of ride sharing services by Americans.

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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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More on Agility from Gallup and Catalant

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Key quote: According to pre-event survey data, respondents gave the selected drivers of business agility. As noted by the survey results. After posting on corporations looking to increase their agility on Tuesday, we found two new reports on business agility in our mailbox on Wednesday.

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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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According to LinkedIn, Most SMBs Use Freelancers

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A recent survey by LinkedIn found that 70% of U.S.      Most surveys show somewhere between 20% to 30% of independent workers use contract labor. The likely reason the LinkedIn results are higher is the industries they targeted in their 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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The Gig Economy Fills a Need for Low Friction, Highly Flexible Gig Work

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One recent survey showed 54 percent of Americans say they would have trouble paying their bills if they were forced to go without more than two paychecks and 20% say they would have trouble if they missed one paycheck.  In fact, 20% of the online work and talent platform users we surveyed reported they turned to online gig work due to a financial hardship. Recently

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Study Finds Middle Aged Professionals Moving to the Countryside

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        Rural America rising: why professionals are moving to the countryside , an article on the study, provides a good explanation of why people are moving to small towns: Surveying Minnesota realtors and the new arrivals themselves.

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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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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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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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Independent Workers Feeling More Secure

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  Back in 2011 when we first starting asking about this in surveys, we assumed the vast majority of independent workers would view self-employment as being less secure than having a traditional job. 

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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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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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Measuring the Gig Economy is Not Easy

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They also found their survey questions "did not work as intended" and resulted in a large number of false positives. The second driver of false positives comes from aspirational questions in surveys.  The U.S.

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Is the Gig Economy a "Big Nothingburger"?

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Based on data from the Federal Reserve Board's annual Survey of Household Economics and Decision Making (SHED) study , it included those who work in the gig economy to supplement their primary source of income as well as those who work occasionally or sporadically. This study found "28 percent of adults age 18 and older participated in informal work for pay during the survey reference month."

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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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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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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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