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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 having a big impact on the economy and businesses, economic ...

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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. The data comes from the Freelancers Union study How to Live ...

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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 the amenities arms race rages on among well-heeled and well-equipped tech ...

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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 is shown in the picture below: The most lavish suite ...

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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 the percentage of people working part-time for economic and non-economic ...

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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 shows how freelancers turn to their network to find work, ...

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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 if business looks light.  The issue is nonstandard work schedules ...

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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. Think Tupperware parties going digital. They are one of many companies ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 41 days ago

CoinDesk, an online site that covers the Bitcoin industry, released their State of Bitcoin Q2 2014 report. It shows that despite setbacks and negative press, the Bitcoin industry continues its rapid expansion. The chart below (from CoinDesk's report) shows their summary of the key things that happened Bitcoin wise in ...

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Bloomberg's Tiny Houses Big with U.S. Owners Seeking Economic Freedom covers the nascent tiny home movement. Homes are generally consider tiny if they are less than 500 square feet in total and they can be much smaller - as small as 100 square feet.  They're also called micro-homes and as ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 41 days ago

Reuters Science Watch has released a set of predictions on the the landscape of science and technology in 2025 by examing global patent data and scientific literature. This was done by data mining the Reuters Web of Science service. This is an integrated database of curated content that includes cross disciplinary ...

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The Staffing Industry Analysts is reporting there are currently more than 145 online staffing platform businesses operating globally.   They also reported in 2013 the industry generated roughly $1.4-$1.6 billion in "gross spend".  This is the dollar value of work completed and paid for.  And while they're not specific about 2014, they say ...

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from http://www.smallbizlabs.com 41 days ago

Last week the Freelancers Union released How to Live the Freelance Life, a report based on a survey of more than 1,100 freelancers nationwide that asked freelancers about their work, money, lifestyle, and values. There were a number of interesting findings, but three jumped out at me: 1. The Why Do ...

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The European Coworking Conference site's article The Number of Coworking Spaces Exceeds a Hundred in Some Cities is fascinating. Regular readers know we follow and do forecasts on the coworking industry. But even we're stunned at how big coworking has become in some places around the world.  Spain in particular ...

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Labormetrics is one of the trends we closely monitor. It's the use of digital data and analytical tools to analyze, track and improve work methods and performance. We track this trend for 2 reasons.  First, it's clear labormetrics systems are going to be used in most businesses and across most tasks. ...

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