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Satisfaction With Traditional Jobs at 10 Year High - Still Well Below Independent Worker Satisfaction Levels

The Wall Street Journal's Job Satisfaction Hits a 10-Year High—But It’s Still Below 50% covers the results from The Conference Board's annual job satisfaction survey. As the chart on the left below from the WSJ article shows, just under half...

Defining and Achieving Small Business Success

Defining and Achieving Small Business Success is a new study we recently conducted in partnership with the sales and marketing automation company Infusionsoft. The study consisted of a survey of over 400 small business owners coupled with a set of...

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

In 1973 Stanford professor Mark Granovetter described the powerful role that "weak ties" – links among people who are not closely associated - play in spreading ideas, finding jobs and helping people join together for action. Fast Company's What LinkedIn...

What is Universal Basic Income?

We've been getting a lot of questions about the universal basic income (UBI) these days. The concept is simple. Under a universal basic income system citizens (in some proposals, residents) of a country would regularly receive an unconditional sum of...

Pokemon Go and the Gig Economy

Unless you've been living in a cave for the last week or so, you know about the Pokemon Go craze. In just 8 days it has become almost as widely used as Twitter and the most popular smartphone game ever....

The Growing Momentum Behind Portable Benefits

In the U.S. benefits and protections such as workers compensation, unemployment insurance, paid time off, retirement savings, health insurance and other benefits and protections are largely delivered through a person's employer. This approach obviously doesn't work well for those who...

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

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. They surveyed employers and found that...

The Verticalization of the Gig Economy

One clear signal that an industry is expanding is when participants start to specifically target niche, specialized or vertical market segments. This has been happening in the gig economy for a while now, but we saw two interesting examples last...

Is the Declining Cost of Distance The Next Megatrend?

Bain's Spatial Economics: The Declining Cost of Distance suggests that an array of new technologies "have pushed the cost of distance to the tipping point" - and will lead to major changes in business and society in the near future....

Employees of Large Corporation Not Happy at Work; The Self-Employed Are

PwC's Work-life 3.0: Understanding how we'll work next is a fascinating look at how workforce dynamics are changing. The study covers a lot of ground, but what really jumped out at us was their their findings on worker happiness. As...

The Growing Popularity of Dog Parties

Regular readers know we love pet trends here at Small Business Labs. The latest is the rise of pet parties, especially birthday parties for dogs. According to Small Biz Daily's Party Animals; "7 percent of dog owners hold holiday or...

The Surprising Demographics of Small Business Owners

Because of the extensive media coverage of young tech entrepreneurs, most people think the average small business owner is a 20 something techie who needs a shower. But as the chart below shows, the median American small business owner is...

The Rise of the Combo Social Club, Coworking Space

One of more interesting coworking space segments that has emerged is the premium priced, combination social club and coworking space. These are the fusion of traditional social clubs and high end coworking spaces and provide a combination of business and...

Why Microsoft Buying LinkedIn is Good for Coworking

We were surprised to see that several of the reasons given for Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn relate to coworking. At a very high level both Microsoft and LinkedIn execs are explaining the main deal driver is the opportunity of combining...

Attitudes Towards Freelancing Improving

One of the most interesting findings from the 6 years of data from the MBO Partners State of Independence study is the steady improvement in the attitudes about working independently (freelancing, independent contracting, self-employment, etc.). The chart below (click to...

Dating Apps, The Decline of Marriage and the Paradox of Choice

The Washington Post article Why are millennials putting off marriage? Let me count the ways covers the decline in marriage rates. This is not a new trend and the article lists the reasons often listed in the past - student...

Mary Meeker's Annual Internet Trends Report

Venture Capital firm Kleiner-Perkins released the 2016 edition of Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report last week (Meeker is a partner at KPCB). As with prior years, it's a long (213 pages), data rich set of charts looking at what's...

Strong Job Market Pulling Independent Workers Back to Traditional Jobs

The MBO Partners 2016 State of Independence in America report was released this week. This is the 6th annual edition of this study (Emergent Research works with MBO Partners on this study). One of this year's most interesting findings is...

Book Review: The Sharing Economy by Arun Sundararajan

The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism is written by NYU professor Arun Sundararajan. We follow Sundararajan's work closely and consider him one the top experts in this field, so were excited to get...

Encouraging U.S. Commerce Report on "Digital Matching Firms"

The U.S. Commerce's department report Digital Matching Firms: A New Definition in the “Sharing Economy” Space is, in our opinion, a pretty balanced view of sharing/digital matching firms and their growing economic role. The report attempts to accomplish two goals....

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