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The Self-Driving Car Race

Lots of recent news and announcements on autonomous vehicles: 1. Uber generated quite a bit of noise with their announcement they are soon going to be testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh. Bloomberg has a good article on Uber using self-driving...

Corporate Layoffs Make Independent Work Look More Secure

Cisco announced last week it's laying off 5500 employees. This is about 7% of their workforce. Cisco also reported quarterly earnings of $2.8 billion on sales of $12.64 billion. Most would consider quarterly earnings of $2.8 billion and an after...

Staffing Industry Research Firm Says There are 44 Million Gig Workers

The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) recently released a study showing that nearly 30% of the U.S. workforce are gig workers. This works out to be about 44 million Americans. They also found that contingent workers represented $792.4 billion in staffing...

The World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016

I'm a bit behind on my reading. So I just got to the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016 list, which was released in June. Nanotech plays a big role in the list with 3 (assuming you...

The Rise of Employee Free Businesses

It used to be hiring employees was the goal of almost all small business owners. This is no longer true. As the Your Story article Running an employee-free business without compromising on scale and quality points out, you no longer...

Ageism Means More Self-Employed

The Washington Post's Baby boomers are taking on ageism — and losing covers something we hear about often in our research - age discrimination. We hear about it mostly from baby boomers who tell us it's one of the reasons...

One Week in the Coworking Boom

We've gotten a lot questions about our recently released coworking forecast. While many think the forecast is too conservative and that coworking is growing faster, others wonder if we aren't too optimistic and if our forecast should be lower. We...

The Growing Role of Small Business Coaches

We recently conducted a study in partnership with the sales and marketing automation company Infusionsoft on how small businesses define and achieve success. We were surprised by one of the findings. This is the extent to which successful small businesses...

Consumers Still Hungry for On-Demand Food Delivery

Earlier this year the failure of few food delivery startups led to a number of pundits and articles claiming that the on-demand economy was in trouble. Examples include TechCrunch's SpoonRocket shuts down amongst on-demand apocalypse and Bloomberg's Food-Delivery Startups Head...

Coworking Forecast - 26,000 Spaces and 3.8 Million Members by 2020

Coworking is booming. The industry is growing and hybridizing so fast, we're having a hard time keeping up with it. We recently released our 2016 coworking forecast and we are projecting continued rapid growth over the next 4 years, although...

Declining Investment Returns Means More Independent Workers

While not initially obvious, investment returns have an impact on the number of independent workers. The reason is retirement, or more precisely the financial ability people have to retire. If future investment returns are low, fewer people will have the...

Mattel Brings Back the ThingMaker as a 3D Printer

Way back in the early 1960s Mattel released a product call ThingMaker. Kids used the ThingMaker to make creepy crawlers, which were squishy, plastic bugs. Youtube has a 1964 Mattel Creepy Crawler TV commercial, which nicely describes the product and...

Satisfaction With Traditional Jobs at 10 Year High - Still Well Below Independent Worker Satisfaction Levels

The Wall Street Journal's Job Satisfaction Hits a 10-Year High—But It’s Still Below 50% covers the results from The Conference Board's annual job satisfaction survey. As the chart on the left below from the WSJ article shows, just under half...

Defining and Achieving Small Business Success

Defining and Achieving Small Business Success is a new study we recently conducted in partnership with the sales and marketing automation company Infusionsoft. The study consisted of a survey of over 400 small business owners coupled with a set of...

LinkedIn on the Power of Weak Ties - Implications for Coworking & Freelancers

In 1973 Stanford professor Mark Granovetter described the powerful role that "weak ties" – links among people who are not closely associated - play in spreading ideas, finding jobs and helping people join together for action. Fast Company's What LinkedIn...

What is Universal Basic Income?

We've been getting a lot of questions about the universal basic income (UBI) these days. The concept is simple. Under a universal basic income system citizens (in some proposals, residents) of a country would regularly receive an unconditional sum of...

Pokemon Go and the Gig Economy

Unless you've been living in a cave for the last week or so, you know about the Pokemon Go craze. In just 8 days it has become almost as widely used as Twitter and the most popular smartphone game ever....

The Growing Momentum Behind Portable Benefits

In the U.S. benefits and protections such as workers compensation, unemployment insurance, paid time off, retirement savings, health insurance and other benefits and protections are largely delivered through a person's employer. This approach obviously doesn't work well for those who...

Only 58% of Employers Think Employees are More Loyal Than Freelancers

We were very surprised by the results from a recent survey on contingent work done by a group consisting of the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, the Markle Foundation, Burson-Marsteller and TIME Magazine. They surveyed employers and found that...

The Verticalization of the Gig Economy

One clear signal that an industry is expanding is when participants start to specifically target niche, specialized or vertical market segments. This has been happening in the gig economy for a while now, but we saw two interesting examples last...

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