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Research Roundup: Independent Contractors and Consumer Retail Spending
Posted By Dawn R. Rivers On November 30, 2011 @ 2:30 pm In Research | 4 Comments
Everybody loves lists — or at least, everybody who reads blogs, so we are told. I don’t do lists very often because it never seems that the information I write about fits well into the format. This month’s Research Roundup post breaks the mold.
Lists take up a lot of space, though, so I’m only going to give you two of them. On the other hand, they’re two good ones. Besides, it’s pleasant to offer you some research that is not all about how badly we small business owners are doing.
The Rise of the Independents
Ego fodder is always a good thing and a recently released study  by MBO Partners  documents and quantifies a whole slew of things I first wrote back in 2004 in my white paper The Entrepreneurial Economy.
The MBO study is all about independent contractors, and my only beef with this study at the moment is the way MBO seems to underestimate their numbers. MBO says there are 16 million independent contractors; the Census says there are more than 21 million nonemployer businesses.
Can anybody tell me what the difference is between a nonemployer business and an independent contractor? I didn’t think so.
In any event, here are MBO’s key findings:
Makes me eager to see what the nonemployer numbers do over the next couple of years.
‘Tis the Season for Ca-Ching
One of the nice things about research, data and numbers is that sometimes, in addition to telling you things about yourself and your peers, research tells you useful things about your customers.
If, for example, you are a retailer, then you don’t need me to tell you how critical this time of year is for your bottom line. And, as usual, there are all sorts of predictive numbers out there that you might find useful from our friends over at the National Retail Federation .
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 a recently released study: http://info.mbopartners.com/rs/mbo/images/MBO%20Partners%20Independent%20Workforce%20Index%202011.pdf
 MBO Partners: http://www.mbopartners.com/
 National Retail Federation: http://www.nrf.com/holidays
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