Every day a record 145 million Americans report to a full-time job and many economists now believe that we are rapidly approaching full employment. Given this macroeconomic climate, one might expect to see a decline in self-employment and the number of people eager to engage in the new “on-demand” work that has been enabled by…

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The U.S. labor market is going through a major change as people turn to self-employment in record numbers. Enabled by the ubiquitous connectivity of smartphones, entrepreneurs are embracing the opportunity to become self-employed. Today’s entrepreneurs don’t necessarily have storefronts, staffs or even business cards – and better yet, some don’t even have to find their…

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With 36 percent of the US workforce engaging in self-employment, a number only expected to grow in the coming years, it’s important to shed light on the motivations and needs of this unique sector. On the 18th of January, the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) hosted a symposium entitled Self-Employed Entrepreneurs: The New Era…

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Small businesses drive our economy. And earlier this month, the country celebrated National Small Business Week, recognizing the 28 million small companies that create opportunities for millions of Americans through employment and innovation. Their economic contributions are well known – small businesses create two out of every three new jobs annually and generate income for…

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Within the next five years, as many as four in 10 workers in the United States are expected to be self-employed, due in part to millions of Americans joining the ranks of what is being called the “sharing economy.” That’s the finding of a new labor market study conducted by Emergent Research that predicts that more…

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Starting and sustaining a small business has never been easy. And without access to financing and working capital, it’s all but impossible. Businesses large and small, young and old, need access to cash and credit to fund operations, build inventories and bridge the gaps between billing and payments. Yet for too many entrepreneurs, the ability…

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Alex Chriss, Intuit Vice President responsible for the QuickBooks division for the Self- Employed, testified on the sharing economy before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, 
Manufacturing, and Trade. The testimony was part of “The Disruptor Series: How the Sharing Economy Creates Jobs, Benefits Consumers, and Raises Policy Questions.” Read the testimony here.

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