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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Freelance Economy Supply and Demand Growing

I attended the Staffing Industry Analysts Contingent Workforce Summit a couple of weeks ago. This show is targeted at contingent workforce managers at large companies and provides a forum to discuss best practices around the hiring and managing of contingent...

HBR on Freelancers and Word of Mouth

The HBR's The Freelance Economy Still Runs on Word of Mouth covers data from the MBO Partners State of Independence study showing word of mouth is the dominant way freelancers and other independent workers find work. The chart below describing...

Independent Work - Tastes Great, Less Filling

At first glance comparing independent work with a beer commercial doesn't seem to make sense. But segmentation data from the MBO Partners 2014 State of Independence study indicates there are similarities. Miller's "Tastes Great, Less Filling" ad series, which they...

5 Interesting Thought Pieces on the Future of Work

Really interesting set of thought pieces - they call them frameworks - from Society and Data on the future of work. The 5 papers are: Understanding Intelligent Systems unpacks the science fiction stories of robots to look at the various...

Wage Versus Education Gap

Their are two really interesting male/female gaps in the U.S. The wage gap, where men make more money on average than women, gets a lot of attention. The education gap, where women and girls out perform men and boys at...

Most Small Businesses are Started with Less than $10,000

Intuit recently did a survey of small business owners. A key finding was 64% of small business owners surveyed said they started their business with less than $10,000 in invested capital. Equally interesting is that only 13% said they spent...

Will Superintelligent AI's Destroy Mankind?

A new book - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies - says yes, or least says it's very possible. The books author, Nick Bostrom, is a professor at Oxford University and Director of their Future of Humanity Institute. Bostrom's area of study...

Why the Self-Employed Flourish

Flourish is not a word normally used in discussions about work. But it explains why most of the self-employed report being highly satisfied with their jobs. The Fast Company article Why Being Engaged at Work Isn't as Simple as "Bein...

2014 MBO Partners State of Independence Report Released

The 4th annual MBO Partners State of Independence study was released yesterday. It shows independent workers (self-employed, independent contractors, freelancers, etc.) who regularly work 15 or more hours per week as independents numbered 17.9 million in 2014. This is up...

Local Services Marketplaces Booming

It seems like everyday there's another funding announcement from a startup creating a local services marketplace. Companies raising money in the last few months include: Pro.com, a site that helps homeowners get quotes for their home improvement projects and find...

Millennials Like Experiences (So Do Others)

According to Fueling the Experience Economy, a research report released by the events company Eventbrite, the average millennial (aged 18-34 in their study) prefers live experiences over material things. Key millennial findings from the study: 77% say their best memories...

Craft Brewers Continue to Gain Market Share

Back in 2006 we reported that craft brewers - also known as microbrewers - had captured almost 6% of U.S. beer sales, up from effectively 0% a decade or so earlier. We revisited the industry in 2010 and found craft...

Half of Americans Single

For the first time since the government started keeping these stats, more than half of adult Americans are single. There are about 125 million single Americans, which is just a bit over half of all Americans aged 16 and older....

Purlin' J's Mobile Yarn Truck

Purlin's J's Roving Yarn Company caught my eye in the Globe and Mail article Canada's Ten Most Remarkable Small Businesses. It's a truck that sells yarn. In the article the owner says the secret sauce of this is business is:...

6 Advantages Your Small Business Has Over Bigger Competitors

It's nice every so often to get back to basics. Openview's article David vs. Goliath: Your Startup's Guide to Giant-Killing does just that by describing 6 advantages small businesses have relative to bigger competitors. These are: You're closer to your...

1 in 4 Employees Regularly Work With Temps

The GigaOm Research report The modern workforce part 3: a changing culture of work (paid subscription required) covers the shift to what they call the "3D Workforce". They describe this as a decentralized, discontinuous and distributed workforce. By this they...

My Golf Watch & Forrester's Wearable Computing Forecast

One of my favorite toys is my Bushnell golf watch. It uses GPS technology to give me the distance to the front, back and center of greens - and a bunch of other golf data - for over 30,000 golf...

Mom and Pop Shops Moving to the Cloud

CNBC's Mom and Pop Shops Flying to the Cloud does an excellent job of describing how and why small businesses are rapidly moving to cloud based tools. Key quote: Welcome to a new era of computing, where silos are giving...

The Rise of Fixed Term Contract Workers

A few weeks ago we reported on the trends that are leading to more workers being on fixed term contracts, which means employment relationships with their employer that terminate after a specific period of time. A new study by the...

Excellent Presentation Explains Online Talent Marketplaces

Andrew Karpie's Online Work Arrangements Platforms presentation does a great job of explaining the changing ways contingent workers are sourced, engaged and managed by hiring organizations. It also describes the rapidly growing and diverse online talent marketplace industry. The key...

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