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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

On-Call and Fixed Contract Work Becoming More Common

The New York Times article Working Anything But 9 to 5 covers the impact of erratic work schedules on low income parents. The erratic schedules are due to labrometrics systems, which the article nicely describes as “software that choreographs workers...

Adapting To Versus Adopting Cloud Computing

The recently released Intuit dispatch Small Business Success in the Cloud includes the following forecast: Nearly 80 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020, more than doubling the current 37 percent rate. We've...

Two Views of Independent Work in the Sharing Economy

Two articles with very different points of view on work in the sharing economy were published this weekend. The New York Times article In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty presents an unflattering view. Key quote:......

TJ McCue's Excellent 3D Printing Adventure

TJ McCue is crisscrossing the country in a an RV exploring the world of 3D printing. How cool is that! According to his trip website, over 8 months TJ will make hundreds of stops with the goal of:... exploring...

The New Entrepreneurial Mindset

The economy is clearly changing and to better understand these changes Emergent Research (that's us) and Intuit partnered on a year long study examining these shifts, the trends driving them and their impact on the small business economy. At a...

Small Business Success in the Cloud

Small Business Success in the Cloud is the first in a new research series from Intuit. It focuses on how cloud computing is transforming small business. New technologies, like cloud computing, tend to go through 3 broad generations. During the...

BI Forecast: Beacons Will Change Retail

The ability to provide real-time, location-specific, personalized data delivered straight to a customer's smartphone has long been considered the holy grail of location-based marketing. According to a recent report by Business Insider (registration required), a relatively new technology called Beacons...

Deloitte on the Landscape of the Future

Deloitte's Center for the Edge researches and analyzes issues and topics related to corporate growth. It is run by two Silicon Valley luminaries - John Hagel and John Seely Brown. They recently released The Hero's Jouney Through the Landscape of...

1 in 5 Microbiz Owners Take a Lot of Vacation

Gallup has started a quarterly tracking survey on microbusinesses, which they seem to define as having less than 5 employees (their methodology section is a bit hazy on this). The most recent survey was on how much vacation time microbiz...

Pharma Going to the Dogs

Yet another entry in our "going to the dogs" series, the New York Times article Start-Ups Work on Biotech Drugs for Pets covers the growing number of companies developing drugs for pets. Key quote: It’s a new example of pack...

The Rise of Farm Incubators

Two of our favorite topics are shared workspaces and small farms. So we're very excited about the the emergence of farm incubators that combine both concepts. According to Fox Business dozens of farm incubators are springing up across the country....

The Common Mistakes Futurists Make

LinkedIn's post Why Everyone Needs to be a Futurist contends that due to growing competition and the pace of change, everyone should spend part of their day thinking about the future. As the title states, it even goes so far...

The Societal and Small Business Impacts of Economic Uncertainty

If you Google "economic uncertainty" you will find many references to its impacts on the economy and business. But you won't find much on its impact on people and society. We find this interesting because we think in addition to...

Freelancers and the Rise of Multiple Income Sources

A recent Freelancers Union post titled 87% of Freelancers Have Multiple Sources of Income covers the gowing trend of freelancers piecing together multiple sources of income - and even multiple careers - to meet their financial, work and lifestyle goals....

San Francisco's Coworking Boat

7X7SF's A Boat Owned by Two Tech Geniuses is Charting a New Course in Coworking describes the Maritol, a former car and truck ferry that has been converted into a floating coworking space. Key quote on the ship's amenities: While...

New Homes Going to the Dogs

The AP's Sweet Dog Suites reports on builders adding "doggy suites" to new houses. Standard Pacific Homes is offering a pet suite option in 27 of their developments across the country. Key quote on the high end pet suite, which...

Great Visualization of the Changing Part-Time Workforce

We really like interesting data visualizations here at Small Business Labs. And the folks at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank have created a couple of great charts on part-time U.S. employment. The Atlanta Fed chart below (click to enlarge) shows...

For Freelancers, It's All About Networks

We've been involved in several recent studies that show the importance networks play for freelancers and other independent workers (independent consultants, contractors, self-employed, etc.). The chart below is from the Freelancers Union report How to Live the Freelance Life. It...

Part-Timers, Labormetrics and the Just in Time Workforce

The New York Times article A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers covers the growing opposition to the practice of rrequiring workers to be “on call” at short notice or scheduling them for shifts and then sending them home...

The Rise of Social Commerce Platforms

Chloe+Isabel is an online social jewelry retailer and they recently raised $15 million in venture funding. Their platform allows women to build online stores featuring their favorite Chloe + Isabel jewelry, then market them via on and offline social networks....

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