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2017 Rural and Small Town Trends (and Webinar)

Tomorrow Becky McCray is hosting a webinar of 2017 rural and small town trends. Becky is the founder and publisher of the rural small business site Small Biz Survival. It's our"go to" site for information on rural and small town...

Lessons From the Luddites

It turns out there wasn't anyone named Ludd behind the British Luddite rebellion in the early 1800s. And despite their reputation, the original Luddites didn't fear technology or even really oppose it. They just wanted a share of the profits...

Forecasts: 2017 the Year Corporations Embrace the Gig Economy

Based on the 2017 trends forecasts we've been reading, corporations are going to actively expand their use of contingent labor in 2017. Here are a few of the many trend forecasts that include corporations increasing their use of gig workers...

Why Coworking is Booming

Back Channel's The “Work from Home” Dream Doesn’t Work provides an excellent overview of the trends and shifts driving the coworking movement. Simply put, the article explains why coworking is working. Written by futurist and urban planning expert Greg Lindsay...

Book Review: The Gig Economy

The holidays were quite hectic this year. But we were able to carve out some time and read The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want. And we're...

The Rise of Solopreneur Manufacturing Companies

The Wall Street Journal's Big Growth in Tiny Businesses nicely covers a trend we'e been following for years - the growth of solopreneur, non-employer manufacturing businesses. Key quote: "The number of businesses classified as manufacturers with no employees has been...

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2017

This year we release our 10th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list. A quick review of the lists illustrates an important forecasting point. While change appears to happen very quickly, trends generally take a long time to become mainstream....

Advice on Working in the Gig Economy From a Successful Gig Worker

We noticed a really good comment with excellent advice on working in the gig economy in the Harvard Business Review article Who Wins in the Gig Economy, and Who Loses. We liked it so much, we are reprinting here in...

"Deaths of Despair" and the End of Men

"Drug overdoses and drug-related diseases have killed nearly 400,000 people in the United States over the past decade—on par with the number of American soldiers who died during World War II. Nearly 400,000 others have committed suicide, while 250,000 died...

Upwork and the Paradox of Place

The average distance between buyers and sellers of services on the talent marketplace Upwork is over 1,000 miles. If you look at transactions where the buyers and sellers are both in the U.S., 96% of the buyers and sellers are...

Key Smart Manufacturing Technologies

"Smart manufacturing is in the midst of transforming the global manufacturing economy" according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). In their report A Policy Maker's Guide to Smart Manufacturing they go on to say: The digitalization of manufacturing...

The London Times on the Future of Work

The London Times has an interesting special section on the future of work that was developed by the marketing content agency Ranconteur. The report covers a lot of ground. Everything from automation to physiological testing is discussed. We've recently been...

What is Hygge?

Hygge is a Danish word that roughly translates to a feeling of comfort and coziness. It's also becoming a word used to help sell a wide variety of products and services. According to multiple sources, hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") is the...

Google and Facebook's Domination of the Advertising Industry

As chart below (click to enlarge) shows, Google and Facebook have greater advertising revenues than any of the big, traditional media companies like CBS and Disney. What the chart doesn't show is Google and Facebook combined have greater advertising revenues...

The Federal Reserve Recognizes the Gig Economy

The Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Enterprising and Informal Work Activities (EIWA) provides a detailed look at those working in the online and offline gig economy. Like other recently released gig economy studies, the Fed's EIWA shows the gig economy...

Udacity Blitz: Bridging the Gap Between Online Education and Work

Udacity, an online learning start-up, has launched a new service that connects graduates of their "nanodegree" engineering programs with companies seeking engineering talent. The program, called Blitz, provides companies seeking short-term contractors for specific projects access to graduates of Udacity...

Somewhere Between 2.5 million and 59 Million Americans "Work" in the Online Gig Economy

We mentioned yesterday that there is a recently formed consensus that the gig economy is large and growing. We also mentioned there is not a consensus as to how big it is or how fast it's growing. This is especially...

Gig Economy Consensus: It's Big and Growing

Based on a review of a variety of recent studies, a consensus has formed that the gig economy is large and growing. Recent studies include, but aren't limited to: Pew Research's Gig Work, Online Selling and Home Sharing found that.....

Why the Polls Were Wrong

We don't do political polling, but we do a lot of surveys here at Small Business Labs. Because of this, we're getting questions about why the polls on the presidential election were wrong. There are several reasons. First, the polls...

What President Trump Means for the Gig Economy

President-elect Trump has not talked much about the gig economy. Because of this, it's not clear where he stands on the various issues facing this sector of the economy. But based on what we know today, it's likely the Trump...

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