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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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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.

2018 154

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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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. 

2018 158

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.

2016 244

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

2018 129

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.

2018 162

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.

2014 183

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.

2013 171

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.

2016 151

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

2014 148

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.

2013 168

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.

2018 169

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.

2018 176

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.

2012 145

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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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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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.

2018 192

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.

2018 148

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. 

2018 188

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.

2016 283

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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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.

2018 185

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.

2018 192

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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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

2018 189

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.

2018 192

Gallup Says 36% Of U.S. Workers are in the Gig Economy

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" The Gallup chart below (click to enlarge) shows these how these two groups responded to a series of job and career related survey questions compared to traditional job holders. 

2018 164

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.

2016 259

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.

2018 208

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.

2018 184

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.

2018 181

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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Independent Workers Have Higher Satisfaction Levels than Traditional Job Holders

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The Conference Board recently released survey results that found "51 percent of U.S. The MBO Partners survey asked: "Please rate your overall satisfaction with being an independent worker."

2018 141

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.

2018 185

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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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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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."

2018 169

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.    Key quote on the survey results: "About seven in 10 small-business owners say they “strongly agree” that social media is important to their business."

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.

2018 169

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.