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Wunderman Thompson's 2021 Future 100 Trends Report

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The 2021 edition of the annual Wunderman Thompson Future 100 report was released last year.    It's one of our favorite trend reports.  This year’s report also includes 21 exclusive predictions from leading experts across industries to mark 2021.

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The World Economic Forum's 2021 Global Risk Report

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The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Risk Report identifies the top risks faced by businesses and society over the next decade.   COVID-19 has obviously changed the view of infectious disease risk, which came in 10th in the pre-COVID 2020 report.

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Uber's Safety Report

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safety report that provides details on the number of sexual assaults, murders and fatal crashes that occurred through its platform in 2017 and 2018. The New York Times article headline on the report - Uber Says 3,045 Sexual Assaults Were Reported in U.S.

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Report: Tech in 2020: Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

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  Similar in style to Mary Meeker's well known annual Internet Trends Report , Evans' report covers similar ground and is full of charts and data.    And like Meeker's report, it's long at 128 pages.

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America's Growing Diversity

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Census bureau reported that more whites were dying than being born.  million people reported being more than one race , more than a threefold increase from 2010, when 9 million people did.

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Intuit Future of Small Business Report

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These trends - and others that will be explored in future reports - are resulting in growing numbers of successful small businesses. The report chart below highlights the forecast that the number of U.S. The Forbes article Why Small Business Will Skyrocket in 10 Years - Especially for Solopreneurs  provides more detail on this report and also covers several other reports related to this topic. Disclosure: Emergent Research partnered with Intuit on this report

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Retirees and the Gig Economy

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  Key quote: Ninety-six percent of over-65 workers reported that an enjoyable job is essential or important to living a fulfilling life.

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CIPD Reports 1 in 7 UK Self-Employed

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UK self-employment continues to rise , a new report in their megatrends series. So we won't bother covering the report in any detail, except to point out 3 of its charts. Regular readers knowwe've been reporting on data like this for over a decade. We've  We've also long reported on the downsides of being self-employed, including the people exploited by  the dark side of self-employment.  So we'll keep reporting on it.

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"Hotel on Wheels" #VanLife Firm Cabana Raises $10 Million

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" Cabana isn't the only van rental business reporting raising money.  Cabana rents custom-built Ford Transit vans that include beds, storage, bathrooms, and Internet access. 

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LA's Creator Townhouse Community

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The Hollywood Reporter's New Studio City Townhouses Draw Digital Creators Thanks to Hybrid Zoning covers a new townhouse community designed for artists and creative professionals.  

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MBO Partners’ 8th Annual State of Independence Report

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MBO Partners released their 2018 State of Independence report this week. This is the 8th annual report in this series, making it the longest running look at independent work. This is especially true for what the report calls Reluctant Independents.   Despite the overall decline in Full-Time Independents, the number of independent workers reporting making $100,000 or more continued to increase.

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JungleScout's State of the Amazon Seller

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  They recently released their 2021 State of the Amazon Seller Report. This report covers who Amazon's small business sellers are, what and how they’re selling, how they are responding to the pandemic induced increase in ecommerce and their future plans.

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Wasp Barcode's Excellent Small Business Accounting Report

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Kudos to Wasp Barcode Technologies for their excellent Small Business Accounting report. According to their blog post on the report , the key findings include: 52% of respondents report that they pay too much on taxes are they are not sure. It contains survey results from companies with 11-100 employees on issues related to their accounting and finance functions.

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Interesting Study on Content Creators

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  And the vast majority (roughly 90%) appear to be solopreneurs (the report is a bit hazy on this topic).  As the Tilt chart below shows, the benefits from being a content creator are very similar to the benefits reported by independent workers in general.

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Digital Nomad Numbers Skyrocket Thanks to Work From Anywhere

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This data comes from COVID-19 and the Rise of the Digital Nomad , which is the report on the third year of an ongoing research series on digital nomads conducted by MBO Partners. Relatedly, 41 percent report they are spending less time traveling. The number of U.S.

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Samaschool's "The Future of Work is Independent" Report Series

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  The first report, A Primer on Independent Work , provides an excellent overview of the gig economy and independent work, including a comprehensive review of recent gig economy studies. The second report, How Low Income Job Seekers Use Independent Work , looks at the financial impact of their program and provides data from a survey of program alumni.

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HOK's Coworking Report: A Corporate Real Estate Perspective

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The global design and architecture firm HOK recently released a new report looking at the coworking industry from the corporate real estate perspective.  " The report covers a lot of ground and we found all the chapters interesting. Below is a report chart showing the things corporations should consider if they are thinking about opening a corporate coworking space. The report is well worth reading.

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The Long Term Shift in Business Applications to Solopreneurs

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  Because EINs are needed for tax reporting, almost all employer businesses and most solopreneurs have them.   In the early 2000s, about 60% of all new business applications were from businesses planning on having employees. 

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American Express on The Rise of the Digital Nomad

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American Express recently released its annual Global Travel Trends report.     Key quote from the report: " 54% of respondents (U.S.)    And not surprisingly, one of their trends was on digital nomads. 

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We're Nearing Peak Fossil Fuel Demand

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   As McKinsey's report chart below shows (click to enlarge), global coal demand peaked in 2014 and they are projecting oil demand to peak in 2029, and natural gas demand peaking in 2037.

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Key Findings from 10 Years of Studying the Gig Economy: Freelancers Happier and Healthier

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One of the clearest findings of the decade-long MBO Partners State of Independence study is full-time Independent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, the self-employed) consistently report that they believe they're happier and healthier because they are independent workers.

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It's Time to Upgrade U.S. Economic and Labor Statistics

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   Federal Statistical Needs for a National Advanced Industry and Technology Strategy is a report from the D.C.   The key takeaways from this report are: The federal government has never felt the need to develop strategic economic intelligence to fully understand the competitive position of its traded sectors or to help support overall economic productivity. Sometimes we post articles on topics few people are interested in.    This is such an article.  

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The Legal and Tax Complications Faced by Digital Nomads and Their Employers

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The large corporate labor and employment law firm Littler recently released its first Global Transformation Initiative report (warning - it's long and written by lawyers for lawyers).  

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What is Good Information Hygiene?

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But we were particularly struck by Edelman's concept of "information hygiene" in this year's report.   Edelman released their 2021 Trust Barometer , which is an annual global study on the level of trust citizens have in institutions.

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Barlow Research on Small Business Exporters

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What's so interesting to us is microbusinesses report fewer challenges than midmarket firms do.     But none of the other challenges reported by midmarket companies even blip with microbusinesses.

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Key Findings from 10 Years of Studying the Gig Economy

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Last week, MBO Partners released its 10th annual report in the MBO Partners State of Independence research series. Emergent Research (that's us) worked with MBO Partners on this ongoing study across all 10 years.

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Mary Meeker's Annual Internet Trends Report

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Venture Capital firm Kleiner-Perkins released the 2016 edition of Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report last week (Meeker is a partner at KPCB).    Meeker's annual report is hugely popular, well worth reading and full of interesting data. As the report points out, the global economy slowing and the growth of the Internet is slowing. Or, as the report says, the "easy growth is behind us" 2.

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Club Med's Top Places for Digital Nomads

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The global resort company Club Med recently released a report covering the top countries and places for digital nomads.   The report focused on tropical locations, so popular digital nomad places like Berlin and Amsterdam aren't included.  

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CNN's Positive Report on Freelancing

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CNN did a very positive report on freelancing recently. See the MBO Partners State of Independent report - which is mentioned in the CNN piece and we helped produce - for more details. The 2013 MBO Partners State of Independence report will be released early this fall.

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Recode's 10 ways office work will never be the same

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At around 4,000 words, Recode's 10 ways office work will never be the same is really more of a report than an article. If an analyst or consulting firm produced this report, it would cost thousands of dollars. 

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HBR on Why Companies Need Digital Nomad Programs and Policies

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million workers report being digital nomads.  The Harvard Business Review's Your Company Needs a Digital Nomad Policy covers the reasons why companies should have formal digital nomad programs and policies.  

Do Gig Workers Want to be Employees?

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     They point out that, based on a review of many studies , "most gig workers report being satisfied by their work arrangements" and "tend to say they pursue non-standard work out of choice rather than out of necessity." " The studies they've reviewed also point out that most gig workers report preferring gig work over having a traditional job.   A sizeable minority of gig workers report they would prefer a traditional job. 

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Number of U.S. Nonemployer Businesses Continued to Grow in 2018

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The data includes anyone reporting $1,000 or more in self-employment income, so it includes a lot of part-time businesses.   According to the  U.S. Census,  the number of   nonemployer small businesses increased to 26,485,532 in 2018, up 3% from 2017. 

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McKinsey on Technology Trends

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   Getting back to McKinsey's trends report, it's well worth reading if you're interested in technology trends.

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The Problems Fashion Freelancers Face

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  Also, 76% of the respondents reported their financial situation has negatively impacted their mental health. Most gig economy and freelance studies cover a broad range of independent workers, so it's interesting when someone does a segmented, vertical market study on a freelancers.  

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Armchair Digital Nomads Hitting the Road

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We will report our findings in the fall. "Armchair digital nomads" is the term we use to describe the millions of Americans who aren’t currently digital nomads but tell us in surveys they plan on becoming one.  

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2014 MBO Partners State of Independence Report Released

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Key findings from this year's study include: The majority (82%) of independent workers report being highly satisfied (63%) or satisfied (19%) and plan on remaining independent in the future (76%). As with past years a substantial majority, roughly 30%, of the respondents report being unhappy with independent work. This group - we call them "reluctant independents" - report lacking control over their career, work assignments, work place and work schedules. 

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Mary Meeker's 2014 Internet Trends Report

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Her annual Internet Trends Report is a mere 164 pages of data intensive charts and graphs covering pretty much everything worth knowing about the Internet. The report is so big I won't try to summarize it here. The second is the stunning growth of tablets, which is nicely shown in the chart below from Meeker's report. Mary Meeker is a partner at the top shelf venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins.

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COVID-19's Huge Financial Impact on Cities

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The NLC survey shows that 74% of cities have started to cut their budgets, with 20% reporting across-the-board reductions. According to the National League of Cities (NLC) , 65% of cities are being forced to delay or cancel capital spending and infrastructure projects due to COVID-19.  

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Key Findings from 10 Years of Studying the Gig Economy: The Rise of Microbusiness Exporters

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For example, according to eBay's 2020 United States Small Online Business Report : " 96 percent of small businesses on eBay in the United States export internationally, sending goods to an average of 17 foreign countries.

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Business Applications Continue to Surge

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When we reported on the Q3 numbers last November , we said: It's too early to know if this surge is a one-time event, or it signals a substantial uptick in small/solopreneur business formation going forward.   There were 1.15

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Study Shows Most Want to Go Back to Offices, at Least Part-Time

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Work From Home Survey 2020 report. The key study finding, as the report chart below shows (click to enlarge), is only 12% say they want to work from home full-time. " The report chart below shows the top 3 reasons the respondents listed for going to the office.

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Solid Jobs Report

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  But overall a solid jobs report that shows the economy is on a solid, if modest, growth path The January Employment Situation Summary from the BLS was quite positive.  Total non-farm employment increased 234,000 and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3%.   More importantly, private employment increased by 257,000, more than off-setting a small decline in government employment.  This continues a trend towards stronger private sector hiring.

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