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U.S. Census Pulse Survey Shows Small Businesses Still Struggling

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Census Small Business Pulse Survey for the week of June 14th to June 20th shows small businesses continue to struggle.      43% of the small businesses surveyed reported a decrease in revenue from the prior week while only 21% reported an increase. The U.S.

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

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Census has created a Small Business Pulse survey to track and measure how small businesses are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pulse survey is scheduled to run weekly through June, so the survey will be very useful in tracking how small businesses are doing over that time period.

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Bankrate's Side Hustle Survey

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Interesting survey resluts from Bankrate on side hustles.    According to their findings: nearly half of working Americans (45 percent) surveyed reported having a side gig in addition to their primary job. 

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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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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: 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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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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Academic Study Measures the Pandemic's Impact on Small Businesses

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This study is another example of cloud-based, digital data being used instead of traditional survey methods - something we are doing with increasing frequency. We're not suggesting that traditional methods (surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.)

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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 survey was done between April 16th to May 4th and the respondents "were required to be working full time for a company of 100 or more people, to have worked in an office environment prior to COVID-19, and to be currently working from home." 

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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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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 People Want to Continue Working From Home, Just Not Full-Time

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Lots of work from home (WFH) surveys have been conducted over the past month.  For example, the Global Workplace Analytics Work from Home Experience Survey found that "U.S.

2020 157

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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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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BCG on the New Freelancers

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" As part of the study BCG surveyed 11,000 workers in 11 countries: the US, the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Japan, India, Indonesia, China, and Brazil. BCG took a different approach to their survey than others have.

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Freelancers and Financial Well-Being

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  To better understand this issue, a series of financial well-being questions were added to the MBO Partners State of Independence study survey this year (Emergent Research works with MBO Partners on this ongoing study).

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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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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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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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More Small Businesses Turning to Online Lenders for Financing

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The Federal Reserve recently released its 2019 Small Business Credit Survey.    A key finding is the use of online lending sources by small businesses is rapidly expanding. 

Ipsos Global Trends 2020

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  It's based on extensive surveys and interviews across 33 countries and updates similar efforts conducted in 2013 and 2016.    This was the lowest percentage agreeing of the 33 countries in the survey.

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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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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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The Great Risk Shift - and Economic Insecurity - Continues

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" Reinforcing this, the Federal Reserve just released their 2019 Survey of Household Economics and Decsionmaking study.  "Risk shift" is the trend towards economic and other risks - and the responsibility for risk management - being shifted from institutions to individuals. 

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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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What Control Means to the Self-Employed

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The main reason, as found out in the survey, was control over career. Our article yesterday covered a study showing how work autonomy and control resulted in mental health benefits for the self-employed. 

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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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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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Small Businesses Worried About Corporate Concentration - and Especially Amazon

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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently released its 2019 Independent Business Survey. As the study chart below shows (click to enlarge), the survey respondents listed Amazon as their biggest challenge.

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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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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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Americans Policy Priorities Highly Polarized

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Pew Research's As Economic Concerns Recede, Environmental Protection Rises on the Public’s Policy Agenda covers a recent survey asking Americans about their policy priorities.

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

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Census 2016 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (the most recent data available), the median U.S. According to data from the U.S, employer small business (those with paid traditional employees) generated less than $400k in revenue in 2016.

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Gig Economy an Important Income Source for Military Service Members

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According to a survey from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling , military service members and their spouses are turning turn to the gig economy to supplement their income. 

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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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Each Year a Lot of Americans Start and Stop Being Freelancers

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Every year MBO Partners has done this survey between 12%-14% of Americans who aren't self-employed said they plan on becoming self-employed over the next couple of years. 

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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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InboxQ's Excellent Twitter Q&A User Survey

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I wasn't familiar with InboxQ until I saw a reference to a survey they'd done in Entrepreneur's Why Savvy Businesses Field Customer Questions on Twitter.  " Because of our blog, we get sent a lot of surveys to review.    But the big problem is not survey methodology, it's how the results are presented.    It was a non-scientific online survey, which I think is fine given their goals, objectives and market. 

The Recent Flurry of Gig Economy Studies

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Want Your Business to Thrive - Cultivate Your External Talent : The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Success Factors teamed up for study, which surveyed independent workers, managers who hire independent works and HR employees. 

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