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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Role of Regulation in 21st Century Marketplaces: Remarks from the TAP Conference

Intuit’s Director of Government Relations, Melissa Netram, participated in a panel about whether and how to regulate new marketplaces, including the on-demand economy. The panel was part of the TAP Conference, an event in New York City devoted to discussing the opportunities and challenges facing mobile commerce. TAP Conference 2015 (#TAPCON) –The Role of Regulation…

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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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How Washington Can Keep the Small Business Dream Alive

Small businesses are alive and well, thank you. Want evidence? Look no further than the recent QuickBooks Connect conference, where thousands of small business owners, accountants and software developers gathered to learn how to start and grow their businesses. The first-time event sponsored by Intuit attracted people from all walks of life and economic situations…

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Driven largely by the rise in the on-demand digital economy, a new kind of self-employed entrepreneur is rapidly being added to the U.S. workforce. Unlike their predecessors, many of today’s newly minted entrepreneurs don’t have storefronts, staffs or even business cards.  What they have instead is access to the global marketplace by directly providing services…

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