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Major Shift in Thinking About Americans with Multiple Jobs

Fusion's There are probably way more people in the 'gig economy' than we realize covers a major shift in thinking about how many people in the U.S. have multiple jobs or "gigs". The article quotes noted Harvard economist Larry Katz....

The Etsy Economy

Craft marketplace Etsy recently released a new report called Building an Etsy Economy: The New Face of Creative Entrepreneurship. The report is based on a survey of 4000 Etsy sellers. The key findings include: The vast majority of Etsy sellers,...

Using Digital Data For Economic Analysis

One of the biggest shifts going on in economics is the growing use of digital data for research. The Internet and cloud computing platforms are generating large amounts of digital data on pretty much all areas of business and economics....

On-Demand Economy Infrastructure Startups

The CB Insights blog's Pickaxes and Shovels: 35 Startups Providing Infrastructure for the On-Demand Economy covers the growing array of companies aiming to provide support services for on-demand economy companies and their workers. Key quote: “For most technology trends, the...

What's a Yuccie? Hint - They're Related to Hipsters

Yuccie stands for "Young Urban Creatives" and yes, it's pronounced yucky. According to a recent Mashable article Yuccies are: In a nutshell, a slice of Generation Y, borne of suburban comfort, indoctrinated with the transcendent power of education, and infected...

What it Takes to Be a Successful Freelancer

Several good articles this week about what it takes to be a successful freelancer. HBR's 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Freelance nicely synthesizes the key questions a person should ask themselves prior to becoming a freelancer. The article...

The Rise of the Highly Talented and Compensated Independent Worker

The Forbes article Six Figure Solo Businesses Grew by 45% in 5 Years, Study Finds reports on the growing number of U.S. independent workers who report earning more than $100k. The key quote comes from Gene Zaino, CEO of MBO...

Amazon Launches Truck-Based Retail Store

Amazon recently launched Treasure Truck, a truck-based retail service in Seattle. It carries 1 item per day and cruises through different Seattle neighborhoods. Shoppers use the Amazon Mobile Shopping app to buy items and arrange a place to meet the...

Coworking, Independent Work and Happiness

Over the last year or so we've been digging deeper into why independent workers are consistently more happy at work than traditional employees. Last fall in our article Why the Self-Employed Flourish we pointed out the key reasons independent workers...

The Rise of Micro Multinationals

A study recently issued by eBay reports that in the last year 190,000 U.S. small businesses that use their platform export to multiple countries and continents. This is up from about 30,000 in 2009. Even more are exporters (meaning they...

Fiverr and the Hyperspecialization of Jobs

The Harvard Business Review's The Big Idea: The Age of Hyperspecialization covers the trend towards work being divided into ever smaller tasks performed by ever more specialized workers. The article suggests these workers will increasingly be contractors provided via online...

Cats in Kimonos

According to Fast Company, cats wearing kimonos are taking over Japan. Key quote: Yes, friends, cats wearing kimonos are having a moment in Japan, much the same way cats as pin-ups and Quokka selfies sparked crazes in other parts of...

Time on Happy Independent Workers and Survivor Bias

Time's This is Why You Should Consider Dumping Your Traditional Job covers data from the 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence study showing that 79% of independent workers are happier working on their own. The article also points out: To...

Independents Happier, Healthier Working on Their Own

MBO Partners released a preview of their 5th annual State of Independence study. We worked with MBO Partners on this study. One of the key findings is that 79% of independent workers (freelancers, contractors, self-employed, etc.) report being happier working...

Economic Uncertainty Changing People's Decision Making

The American Institute of CPA's just released the results of an interesting survey looking at major life event decision making by Americans. The survey found that half of American adults (51 percent) have delayed at least one important life decision...

Millennials Pass Gen X as Largest Generation in the U.S. Workforce

Pew Research's Millennials surpass Gen X'ers as the largest generation in the U.S. labor force reports that in Q1 of 2015 Millennials surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce. The report chart below shows the...

WeWork Moves into Coliving

Coworking giant WeWork is launching WeLive, a project combining their coworking spaces with dorm-style micro apartments. Here's the description of the Arlington, VA project from the press release: The Crystal City project will be WeWork's first residential building, bringing the...

The Reports of the 1099 Economy's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

If you followed most of last week's news about a ruling by by the California Labor Commission that a Uber driver was an employee and not a contract worker, you'd think the 1099 economy will soon be dead. But, of...

Mobile Ad Spending Booming

Not surprisingly given the growth of mobile computing, spending on mobile digital advertising is booming. As the chart below shows, eMarketer is forecasting that in 2016 digital ad spend will surpass $100 billion and account for more than 50% of...

Cloud Security a Plus for Small Businesses

The Wall Street Journal's Small Firms Shift Towards Cloud-Based Software covers the "fundamental shift" towards the use of cloud software and services by small businesses. The article points out one of the major concerns on the part of small businesses...

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