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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....

Coworking's Continued Boom

We've written several times over the past couple of weeks on coworking's continuing growth. But news of interesting new spaces - and major investments in coworking - just keep coming. Crain's Level Office plans one of Midwest's largest co-working facilities...

Media Bias and Pew's On-Demand Economy Survey

Most of the media is not positive about the on-demand economy. A good example is the coverage of Pew Internet's Shared, Collaborative and On Demand: The New Digital Economy report. The study findings show the on-demand economy has extensively penetrated...

Blockchain Starting to Move into the Real World

Goldman Sachs recently released a report suggesting that blockchain is moving past the hype and that the decentralized ledger technology that Bitcoin is based on will be used across a variety of applications in the near future. We covered blockchain...

Consulteering - A New Approach to Retirement

Work a Little, Play a Little: A New Retirement Strategy from the New York Times covers the growing trend towards people working part-time in retirement. As we reported last week, record numbers of Americans are working past 65. They are...

Coworking Has Crossed the Chasm

The Coworking Industry is an interesting white paper by coworking industry veteran Drew Jones, who is a partner in the boutique coworking consultancy OpenWork. The paper uses the diffusion of innovation model developed in the book Crossing the Chasm to...

Record Number of Americans Working Past 65

Bloomberg's I'll Never Retire covers the trend towards people working past the traditional retirement age - or at least the recent traditional retirement age. As the article chart below shows, the percentage of Americans aged 65 and older who are...

Why People Work in Coffee Shops and Why This Means Coworking Will Continue to Grow

I ran across a really interesting post in Medium titled What are People Working on in Coffee Shops? The title is a bit misleading. It's really about what people are working on in a single coffee shop in Venice Beach,...

ProFinder - LinkedIn's Freelance Talent Marketplace Targets Upwork

LinkedIn has quietly launched ProFinder, it's online talent marketplace. It was first released in last fall, but at the time it was a bit unclear how serious LinkedIn was about ProFinder. That's no longer the case. ProFinder, not surprisingly, is...

Top 10 Signs Coworking is Entering the Mainstream

The annual U.S. Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) was held last week in Los Angeles. Based on what we saw, heard and learned, coworking is entering the mainstream. Our top 10 reasons why are: 1. The continued exponential growth of...

New Coworking Video; GCUC Coworking Conference Presentations Available

A new coworking video was released last week at the GCUC coworking conference. It's short (2:30), to the point and nicely covers the reasons coworking has become so popular. It features the results of our coworking member survey. The conference...

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