Posts Written ByFranklin Kaplan

You, like most people, have at least one hobby. Maybe you knit, paint, or create things from wood, but you aren’t making any money from that hobby. Earning a stream of revenue from a hobby seems like a distant dream to most people—wishful thinking at best—but it’s actually easier to convert a hobby into a running, revenue-generating business than you might realize. If you want to start making money with your hobby, you need to recognize the key obstacles that stand in your way—and eliminate them, one by one. Key Challenges These are the major challenges preventing people from making…

When expanding a business beyond the original founders and business partners, hiring becomes a time consuming process. But are you taking it seriously enough? Who you hire will permanently impact the trajectory of your organization, for better or worse. 4 Tips for Making the Right Hires “Your job is to create relationships. Customers buy you, not just the services you’re selling,” says Kim Lewis, who was named the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce. “If you have the right people, you will have the technology. Surround yourself with the best people you can afford in…

One of the most attractive features of the UK for many of its tourists both domestic and from abroad, is the outstanding and beautiful British countryside. Whether you are heading to Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland, there is hundreds of miles of green, untouched countryside which you can discover. The best way that I have found to truly make the most of the countryside is to find a cottage retreat with my family where we can immerse ourselves in rural nature and get away from the stresses of life for a little while. If this sounds like something that…

If you are taking a family holiday to Disney World this year then you and the whole family are in for an incredible trip. The saying that Disney is ‘where magic happens’ is very accurate and both adults and children alike absolutely love the splendor, excitement and adventure which awaits them behind the Disney walls. One of my favorite places across the four parks is Magic Kingdom, it is a park which differs greatly from the likes of Epcot and Hollywood Studios in that the Magic Kingdom has rides and attractions which are aimed more at the Disney-loving children. This is not…

For any professional, going freelance is exciting. You get the freedom and flexibility to set your own terms and work your hours. However, these benefits can sometimes pose unique challenges. One of such challenges is the sustainability of finances. A freelancer does not have a fixed income. This means that on some months, there will be more income and on others, there will little. This makes it paramount to include financial planning into the equation if you want to stay afloat as a freelancer. Here are top tips to manage your finances while bringing in more income. Staying Afloat on…

Having a financial safety net for when your health takes an unexpected turn is quite comforting, especially when your family is relying on you to take care of their needs. But if you have to choose between life insurance and health insurance due to your tight budget, you need to weigh the pros and cons of each carefully. The fact of the matter is that many people need both types of protection and the best thing you can do, really, is to limit coverage to what you need so you can afford to have both types of coverage. Keep in…

One of the keys to a successful business is knowing when and how to outsource different branches of the company. Outsourcing is a careful art and when balanced in the right way, it can ease the pressure on a business and help it to be more effective and ultimately more profitable. There are dangers when it comes to outsourcing however and you must ensure that you are outsourcing the right areas of your business and ensuring that you will see strong ROI on the outlay. Let’s take a look then at some of the areas which you should be outsourcing…

If you are running your own business then you will know that you are operating in dangerous waters and that there are far more failed businesses than there are successful businesses. It is for this reason that you must be constantly striving to avoid the mistakes of those who have failed before you. The reasons why businesses fails are wide and varied but there are some errors which many businesses have made in the past, which are easy to highlight and easy to stay away from, let’s take a look at some of the most popular reasons, and how you…

Many business owners will spend their time, effort and money on strategizing for success, searching for ways to exploit the market or trying to assess how they can sell more or improve their brand. Whilst the search for success should most certainly occupy the minds of those people in business, much attention should also be placed on the avoidance of failure. So many businesses collapse each year and whilst this does not bode well for many, you can use this to your advantage and learn from those who have made mistakes in the past. The reasons why so many companies…