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3 out of 4 Americans Have Smartphones

Pew Internet recently updated their technology adoption numbers for the U.S. As the Pew chart below shows: nearly nine-in-ten Americans today are online, up from about half in the early 2000s roughly three-quarters of Americans (77%) now own a smartphone...

The Large and Rapidly Growing U.S. On-Demand Economy

The research firm BIA/Kelsey estimates that in 2016 local U.S. on-demand economy generated $34 billion in revenue. They are forecasting this will grow to $57 billion in 2017. BIA/Kelsey is an analyst firm focusing on the local advertising and marketing...

PWC's 2017 Sharing Economy Predictions

According to the accounting and consulting giant PWC, 2017 will be another high growth year for the sharing economy. They're predicting sharing economy revenue in Europe will grow about 60% over 2016, reaching about 27 billion Euros (the predictions are...

2017 Top 10 Pet Product Trends

Package Facts recently released their list of 10 Pet Product Trends to Watch in 2017. Key quote from their press release: From leather collars to fur-lined carriers and orthopedic bedding, there's no shortage of innovative and human-inspired products trending in...

The Growing Biotech Gig Economy

Unlike traditional pharma or biotech companies, most of the people working at Nimbus Therapeutics are gig workers. And the primary reason Nimbus hires gig workers is not to cut costs. It's to increase their business flexibility and agility and access...

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

According to a survey from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), half of corporate travel policies allow for the use of ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft. That’s up from 44% just six months ago and less than 10%...

Digital Transformation Leading to Ghost Restaurants

Ghost restaurants are delivery only, online restaurants that skip storefronts and deliver food straight to the customer. Think Amazon for restaurants. Fast Company's Hold The Storefront: How Delivery-Only "Ghost" Restaurants Are Changing Takeout describes the growing number of delivery only...

Is Social Video the Next Big Thing?

BI Intelligence, one of our favorite analyst groups, has a fascinating presentation on online social video being "the next big thing". Because they are a paid subscription site, we can't link to the presentation. But we can provide the highlights....

Accenture Says Independent Work is the Future (and Soon)

We just read Accenture's Technology Vision 2017 report and they strongly suggest independent work is the future of work. Key quote from their Work Force Market Place trend: In five years or less, the presumptive judgments around full-time employment and...

Pet Tech Booming

Despite a decline in venture capital investments last year, 2016 was a record year for venture investments in pet tech startups. As the CB Insights chart below shows, the amount of venture capital investments in pet tech startups is up...

Obamacare's Impact on Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment

There's no doubt the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or better known as Obamacare) has been a good for freelancers, the self-employed and other independent workers. As the chart below shows, the percentage of full-time independent workers with health insurance has...

The RideShare Guy's 2017 Driver Survey

The RideShare Guy released their 2017 Survey Results: Driver Earnings, Satisfaction and Demographics. It has lots of interesting data on those who drive for services like Uber and Lyft. One of the most interesting findings is Lyft drivers are much...

The "Conscious Coziness" Trend - Hygge - Continues to Grow

Hygge is a Danish word that roughly translates as "cozy". Regular readers may remember our article last year, which defined hygge more broadly as: "a feeling of calm togetherness and the enjoyment of simple pleasures, perhaps illuminated by the gentle...

2017 Rural and Small Town Trends (and Webinar)

Tomorrow Becky McCray is hosting a webinar of 2017 rural and small town trends. Becky is the founder and publisher of the rural small business site Small Biz Survival. It's our"go to" site for information on rural and small town...

Lessons From the Luddites

It turns out there wasn't anyone named Ludd behind the British Luddite rebellion in the early 1800s. And despite their reputation, the original Luddites didn't fear technology or even really oppose it. They just wanted a share of the profits...

Forecasts: 2017 the Year Corporations Embrace the Gig Economy

Based on the 2017 trends forecasts we've been reading, corporations are going to actively expand their use of contingent labor in 2017. Here are a few of the many trend forecasts that include corporations increasing their use of gig workers...

Why Coworking is Booming

Back Channel's The “Work from Home” Dream Doesn’t Work provides an excellent overview of the trends and shifts driving the coworking movement. Simply put, the article explains why coworking is working. Written by futurist and urban planning expert Greg Lindsay...

Book Review: The Gig Economy

The holidays were quite hectic this year. But we were able to carve out some time and read The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want. And we're...

The Rise of Solopreneur Manufacturing Companies

The Wall Street Journal's Big Growth in Tiny Businesses nicely covers a trend we'e been following for years - the growth of solopreneur, non-employer manufacturing businesses. Key quote: "The number of businesses classified as manufacturers with no employees has been...

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2017

This year we release our 10th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list. A quick review of the lists illustrates an important forecasting point. While change appears to happen very quickly, trends generally take a long time to become mainstream....

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