Blog Profile / Small Business Labs


URL :http://genylabs.typepad.com/small_biz_labs
Filed Under:Business & Finance / Entrepreneurship
Posts on Regator:891
Posts / Week:2.4
Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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...

How Silicon Valley is Changing How and What We Eat

KQED's 6 Technology Trends That are Changing How We Eat covers a group technology startups that "help people choose healthier, and affordable, food options." Food products and technology have become a hot area in Silicon Valley. According to Time's How...

What is LifeWorking and How Does it Relate to Coworking?

Futurist Ayelet Barron has coined the term "LifeWorking" to describe: "a way of life that does not try to separate life and work into two distinct and seemingly incompatible spheres, but instead meshes both into a new way of thinkin...

The Rise of the Skills Training/Job Placement Industry

The current employment picture is quite interesting. The official statistics say we've got a great jobs market. According to one economist: "Not only are the labor markets stronger today than at any point in the past 20 years, but w...

The Personal Services Boom

Back in 2008 we forecast that personal services would be one of the key small business growth sectors over the next decade. We described their appeal as: Personal services firms... provide life support services to increasingly harried, time-constrained consumers....

The Number of Nonemployer Businesses Grew to 23 Million in 2013

The U.S. Census released the 2013 nonemployer business data. In 2013 there were 23.0 million businesses without paid employees in the U.S. This is an increase of 270,000, or 1.2% over 2012. Over the decade from 2003 to 2013 the...

The GAO Finds Twice as Many Self-Employed as the BLS

According to a recently released report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), 40% of the U.S. workforce is contingent, up from 30% in 2005. The GAO's definition of contingent covers the broad category of workers who aren't full-time, permanent...

Three Charts on the Economy That Everyone Should See

The Great Decoupling is a term economists use to describe the economic decoupling of productivity, wages, jobs and GDP growth. These 4 factors used to move more or less in unison. But as HBR's excellent interview with Erik Brynjolfsson and...

The Motivations and Challenges of Diverse Small Business Owners

Gallup's Diverse Small Business Owners Share Their Experiences covers a series of surveys of different segments of small business owners. The surveys asked about the motivations and challenges among Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Women, LGBT and Veteran small business owners. Their...

Coworking Booming in Chicago (Dallas Too)

Crain's Plenty of Rivals are Following WeWork into Coworking Competition covers the rapidly growing coworking industry in Chicago. As the article chart below shows not only have a lot more spaces opened over the past couple of years, they are...

Researching Society's Edges

We're often asked about how we go about our work of identifying, tracking and forecasting the future of small business. One of the key tools is identifying and studying edge communities. These are groups that exist outside of the mainstream...

Many High Earners Living Paycheck to Paycheck

We' written a fair amount about economic uncertainty and the impact it's having on everything from marriage and birth rates to the rise of the on-demand economy and the rapidly growing number of people with side gigs. One of the...

Coworking Members Learning New Skills, Becoming More Successful

One of the more interesting findings from our recent survey of coworking members is how many reported they had learned new skills - or improved their existing skills - due to their coworking space membership: 69% of the respondents reported...

McKinsey's Four Global Disruptions

McKinsey's new book No Ordinary Disruptions covers 4 global forces they believe are rewriting the world economy's operating system. The 4 are: The Age of Urbanization Accelerating Technological Change Responding to the Challenges of an Aging World Greater Global Connections...

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC