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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. 

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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. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports.

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The Rise of Solopreneur Manufacturing Companies

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Key quote: "The number of businesses classified as manufacturers with no employees has been rising steadily since the depths of the recession.

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

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Census 2014 Survey of Entrepreneurs. The data from the 2014 survey was for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

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Staffing Industry Research Firm Says There are 44 Million Gig Workers

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  They surveyed 7,700 U.S. workforce are gig workers. This works out to be about 44 million Americans. billion in staffing buyer spend.

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The London Times on the Future of Work

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The report chart below shows (click to enlarge) the results of two surveys on the potential impact of AI, robotics and automation. 

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The Federal Reserve Recognizes the Gig Economy

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Like other recently released gig economy studies , the Fed's EIWA shows the gig economy is large.

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Using On-Demand Economy Platforms to Start and Build Businesses

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A good example is Victor Sandifer, Lyft driver and small business owner of Run the World Clothing. It also provides him with schedule flexibility.

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LinkedIn on the Power of Weak Ties - Implications for Coworking & Freelancers

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In fact, weak tie impacts are likely even stronger due the Internet and social media. There are several reasons weak tie networks are so important.

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Only 58% of Employers Think Employees are More Loyal Than Freelancers

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We were very surprised by the results from  a recent survey  on contingent work done by a group consisting of the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, the Markle Foundation, Burson-Marsteller and TIME Magazine. Time Magazine has more detail in their article on the survey.

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Coworking Spaces are Human Spaces

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Last week the results from the spring coworking space member survey were released at the Global Coworking Conference Unconference (GCUC). Emergent The key results from the survey illustrate this.  Emergent Research (that's us) partnered with GCUC and Jacob Sayles of Office Nomads on this study. Coworking

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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. 

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Most Americans Don't Want to Be Gig Workers, But 60 Million Do

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Late in August Deloitte released survey results under the headline Deloitte survey finds 67 percent of Americans who have worked as independent contractors would choose not to do so in the future.  More recently the Staffing Industry Analysts released their Gig Workforce study. They found about 60% 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

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. 

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Attitudes Towards Freelancing Improving

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The chart below (click to enlarge) shows some of the key data on the improvement from our annual survey of independent workers.

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Defining and Achieving Small Business Success

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Few are motivated by or interested in want building a large business and even fewer are solely motivated by financial rewards. 

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Somewhere Between 2.5 million and 59 Million Americans "Work" in the Online Gig Economy

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Their survey asks: "In the last year, did you earn money by selling something online?" " 18% of adult Americans surveyed said yes.

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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 survey is short and will take 7-9 minutes to complete.

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Small Businesses Turn to Their Accountants & Each Other for Advice

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We were somewhat fascinated that the survey asked about Google. Surveys have traditionally asked about turning to the Internet for advice.

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Stride Health's Study on Gig Workers and Health Insurance

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Stride Health's Stride Study: Health Coverage in the Gig Economy  covers how gig workers access and use health insurance. 

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. Economic Decentralization Small Business Economy

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Why People Choose Self-Employment

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  We like seeing other surveys finding similar results to ours.  Pursuing a passion comes in close behind.

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Uber, Lyft and Airbnb Rapidly Gaining Share in the Corporate Market

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with 30% of the corporations surveyed officially allow home-sharing service for their traveling employees. This data is hardly surprising.

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Coworking, Independent Work and Happiness

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Over the last year or so we've been digging deeper into why independent workers are consistently more happy at work than traditional employees. 

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Microbusiness Owners and Second Jobs

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A new tracking survey by Sam's Club and Gallup has some interesting data on microbusiness owners and 2nd jobs.   trends

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For Many Boomers, Work is the New Retirement

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retirement survey.  Transamerica's Center for Retirement Studies recently released the results from their 17th annual U.S.

1 in 3 Small Business Owners are 65 or Older

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  For over a decade Barlow has fielded a quarterly survey of businesses on topics of interest to financial institutions.

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Freelancers and the Rise of Multiple Income Sources

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  As the article's title states, 87% of the surveyed freelancers reported having more than one source of income.

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Consulteering - A New Approach to Retirement

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Key quote from the article: "A sizable 60 percent of retirees surveyed last year by the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies  said they were pushed out of their jobs before age 65, largely for reasons out of their control, according to Catherine Collinson, president of T.C.R.S." He also works part-time.

The Decline of Employee Training & The Rise of Side Gigs

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  We don't have historical survey data on this.      This data is collected only occasionally by the U.S.

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Why Surveys Show Wide Differences in Small Business Social Media Use

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You many have noticed that different surveys show very different small business social media usage rates. For example, the Wall Street Journal article Facebook Tops for Small Business reported on a survey that found small businesses quite positive about social media.    Another point of view comes from Citibank.

What Small Businesses Want from their Accountants

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The Sleeter Group recently released a study looking at what small businesses want from their accountants. industry structure trends

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Fast Food Declining; Food Trucks Increasing

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At the same time, the nation's appetite for food trucks continues to grow.      Food Trucks/Mobile Commerce trends

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How Large Corporations See Contingent Workers

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For me the most interesting section of the study covers how large corporations view contingent talent.

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The Motivations and Challenges of Diverse Small Business Owners

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Gallup's Diverse Small Business Owners Share Their Experiences covers a series of surveys of different segments of small business owners.

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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. There are several reasons. So what does this mean?

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Self-Employed Happier With Lives Than Employees

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  These findings are very much in alignment with the results of our work surveying and interviewing the self-employed.

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Cloud Security a Plus for Small Businesses

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The article points out one of the major concerns on the part of small businesses is cloud security and whether or not their data will safe.

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Economic Uncertainty Changing People's Decision Making

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The American Institute of CPA's just released the results of an interesting survey looking at major life event decision making by Americans. 

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