Majority of U.S. Workers Will be Freelancers by 2027, Report Says

2017 Freelancing in America Report

Did you know that by 2027, most workers in the US will be freelancers, enjoying the flexibility and freedom of being their own boss? This was the finding of the ‘Freelancing in America: 2017’ report, jointly commissioned by Upwork and Freelancers Union.

2017 Freelancing in America Report

Attracted by flexible working, being your own boss and an extra income, more and more people are being drawn into freelancing. In fact, according to the freelancing report, in 2016, an estimated 57.3 million Americans were freelancing, putting a staggering $1.4 trillion into the US economy.

The research for the report was carried out by Edelman Intelligence, an independent research firm. The study surveyed 6,000 US workers to determine changing working patterns and the impact freelancing will have on the future of working and employment practices in the US.

Driven by the millennial generation, of which 47 percent currently freelance, the report estimates that during the next 10 years, most workers in America will freelance.

So, what exactly is powering this incredible rise of the ‘freelance economy’ in the US?

As Amy Sept, managing editor of the Upwork blog, notes in a post about the ‘Freelancing in America: 2017’ report, technology is playing a huge role in changing working practices and ushering in the rise of freelancing. According to the survey, 71 percent of freelancers said the work they acquired online has increased during the last year.

Despite income predictability being perceived as a barrier to freelancing, the report found 63 percent of freelancers believe working for a range of different clients and therefore generating multiple income streams, is more secure than relying on one employer. Freelancers, on average, have 4.5 clients every month.

Savvy freelancers are also looking to the future, keen to learn new skills. The report found that 55 percent of freelancers took part in skills-related training, compared to just 30 percent of non-freelancers.

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2017 Freelancing in America Report

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Celebrate the work of your hands in the Brag Basket

Let’s celebrate the work of your hands, or any other good news this week.

The Brag Basket is open! This one is for October 20-22, 2017. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone.

What can you share in the Brag Basket?

  • introduce yourself
  • share some great news from this week
  • celebrate progress, even baby steps
  • congratulate a friend
  • applaud for each other
  • confess your undying love for rural places

Want to see some past Brag Baskets and read some past contributions? Here’s the archive.

How do you join in?

Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there.

Reading this in your email? Hit reply.

Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for someone you’re happy for. It’s a conversation with friends. So jump in. And remember to cheer for each other.


IncFile Foreign Qualification Service Review

Are you opening a business in a state other than your own? Expanding your existing business into a new area? There are a number of reasons you might need foreign qualification services, and if you don’t want to go the DIY route, a provider like IncFile may be a good fit for you. To complement

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5 Best Foreign Qualification Services

Are you starting a new company in a state other than your home state? Or, are you looking to expand your business to an additional location outside your state of formation? There are plenty of providers that can supply your company with foreign qualification service, but which one has the combination of pricing and features

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Find Your Valued Customers

checkout at Holder Drug

Todd Holder rings up our soaps and lotions. Photo by Becky McCray.

Successful small businesses depend on customers who return.

Such customers form your core audience. They buy regularly and as research notes, they buy more than the more casual customer or the one-time customer. Yes, their regular purchase may be less but, over time, they are your stars.

Second, your returning customers are most likely be your ambassadors. They spread the word about you, your business, and the goods and services you offer. Such voluntary endorsements are some of the greatest marketing you can have. It is trusted and relied upon even though we may not know the people providing the comments.

So how can you develop such a relationship with your customers?

It obviously begins with offering products and services that customers want and doing do at a reasonable price. Notice I don’t say it must be the cheapest price, just reasonable. Customers will pay more for quality and service.

A good deal and good service are very important but there are other aspects of the customer-relation process that will encourage someone to return.

Customers appreciate it when you know them by name and when you know what they like. I have a favorite coffee shop where, unless I tell them otherwise, they know my drink of choice.

One think that upsets your long-standing customer is if they feel you just “nickel and dime” them to death. Set your price and avoid the add-ons. If something small comes up that would be a small additional charge, it may be in your best interest to forego it. This is a fine line as you also can give away the business if you aren’t careful.

These customers are also ones who you can encourage with customer loyalty programs.

Finally, remember that every employee in your organization plays a role in developing these customers. You can do everything perfect but one staff member can tear it all down quickly.

Valued customers are key to your small-business success. Take the time and the steps you develop these ambassadors of your business.


This Mid Atlantic City is Tops for Women-Owned Businesses in the US

Baltimore is the Top City for Women-Owned Businesses

Baltimore was just named the top city for women-owned businesses in the U.S., according to a recent report from Citrix ShareFile (NASDAQ: CTXS).

Top City for Women-Owned Businesses

The company’s Businesswomen Power City Index measured U.S. cities by a few different factors — percentage of women-owned businesses, executive jobs held by women, women’s wages compared to men’s wages and buying power for women.

Baltimore was awarded the top honor due to its high percentage of women owned businesses (23 percent) and women business executives (31 percent). It was also ranked number one in terms of buying power for women.

Citrix also spoke to actual women business owners about the intangible factors that make their cities special. In the case of Baltimore, the city’s active business community and central location that supports an easy commute to several nearby hubs were named as major selling points.

Heather Garner, owner of Garnering Change Psychotherapy in Baltimore shared with Citrix ShareFile, “We don’t call it ‘Smalltimore’ for nothing! The business communities here in Baltimore are very active and are often willing to help out newcomers. Also, because the people in this area are used to commuting, they are willing to travel for a great product or service.”

And Baltimore wasn’t the only city that could be a great home base for women owned businesses. The rest of the top 10 includes Tampa, Florida; Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Nevada; Orlando, Florida; Sacramento, California; Minneapolis, Minnasota; Hartford, Connecticut; Miami, Florida; and Providence, Rhode Island.

That doesn’t mean these are the only acceptable cities for women business owners. Of course, every city has its own strengths and weaknesses. But if you’re a woman business owner and considering a new venture or a change of location, looking at factors that could make certain cities more friendly for women business owners could definitely be a worthwhile exercise.

Baltimore Photo via Shutterstock

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How to File a DBA in Colorado in 3 Simple Steps

How to Use this Guide Use our free guide below to file a Colorado DBA. However, if you’d like a professional service to handle the paperwork for you, here are two good DBA filing services: – LegalZoom ($99 + state fee) = Most Popular Service – CorpNet ($108 + state fee) = Best Customer Support

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