Economy set to ‘shift down a gear’ amid political uncertainty

Economic growth is set to be “subdued” over the next few years amid ongoing political uncertainty and Brexit talks, a leading business group is warning. The CBI said a slower pace of growth is expected to persist, while business investment will fall back next year. Household spending growth is predicted to slow this year andRead More

5 Industries Struggling with the Current Economy

Now that the market is strong for many industries, and banks are feeling more generous when it comes to lending, entrepreneurs around the country are considering business startups. However, it’s important to recognize that the market has major ups and downs, and with 90 percent of startups failing, it’s best to avoid a tanking industry.Read More

Prefer App Aims to Reinvent the Gig Economy with Client Relationships

The gig economy has given so many more options to professionals looking to provide services, and to businesses and individuals looking to hire skilled professionals. But the process hasn’t always been very personal. Typically, when someone is looking to hire a professional, they might look for reviews online or even use an app to findRead More

5 Industries Struggling with the Current Economy

Now that the market is strong for many industries, and banks are feeling more generous when it comes to lending, entrepreneurs around the country are considering business startups. However, it’s important to recognize that the market has major ups and downs, and with 90 percent of startups failing, it’s best to avoid a tanking industry.Read More

What’s Yours is Mine? The New Sharing Economy and Small Business

In recent years, many workers have found new ways to earn a living, becoming their own bosses as they enjoy a freelance lifestyle. Whether they’re offering rides to the airport through Lyft or Uber, or running errands through TaskRabbit, people are redefining the way they earn a living and blazing a trail for future generations.Read More

How to Use the Sharing Economy to Benefit Your Business

Running a small business has a lot of perks to it. A huge budget usually isn’t one of them, so small businesses have to continually look for ways to stretch a dollar and make the most out of the operating budgets they do have. Finding ways to save on expenses while increasing profits is necessaryRead More

37 Percent of Discussions on Gig Economy Negative, Study Finds

Media calls it the force that could save the American worker. But independent workers feel differently about the gig economy. According to a new media analysis by Cision, on behalf of The Rockefeller Foundation, about 37 percent of overall discussions on gig economy is negative. Clearly, there’s a “disconnect between news coverage of the independentRead More

What Founders Can Learn from the On-Demand Economy

Has there been a business model that has earned as much attention, funding dollars, and as many spin-offs as the on-demand model? Certainly not in recent memory, and certainly not so quickly. But just a handful of years after the first on-demand companies rose to become economic powerhouses, the model is experiencing problems, and theRead More

12 Rules for the New Economy

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at a holiday event. Instead of one of my usual (but awesome) presentations, I wrote some thoughts on a piece of paper and shared what I thought these businesses needed to know to align themselves for 2015. Here’s what I shared. I hope these rulesRead More