Melvin Franklin

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Yes, You Can Be Happy While Pushing Yourself to Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most of us, at some point or another, think that we will be happy once we achieve a particular goal.<p><i>I'll be happy after I...</i><p>graduate from college<br>• make a million dollars<br>• get married<br>• lose 40 pounds<br>• get a job<p>...and so on.<p>To be clear, I have been …

Is Your Emergency Fund Costing You Money?

We all know that an emergency fund is an essential tool in personal money management. And even newbies to personal finance can probably tell you how …

The 10 Commandments of Wealth and Happiness

I’m now financially independent, but I didn’t get this way overnight. Nor did I do it by selling books, offering seminars or appearing on “Oprah.” I …

50 Productivity Tips to Boost Your Brain Power

Modern science is teaching us that the brain is not static. It changes every day and you can be the one directing that change.<p>It might seem like a weird question, but how much time do you give your brain a fair consideration? Do you stop to marvel at its supreme cleverness and incredible power? …

Productivity 101: How to Use Personal Kanban to Visualize Your Work

The best productivity methods keep your to-dos in front of you and prioritized so you never wonder what to work on next. Some are complicated, but …

How to Create a Paperless Office With Evernote

Is 2015 the year you finally go paperless at work?For effective team collaboration to work, you need a central place where everyone can quickly store …

Learn how to boost your productivity quickly with GTD and Evernote

Among the many systems available for task and project management, the popular <b>GTD</b> <b>(Getting Things Done)</b> system by David Allen is my personal …

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The Positive Power of Saying 'No'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why is saying no so hard? In my personal and professional relationships, I have a difficult time turning people down, even when there are good reasons I should. I'm not completely sure why so many of us feel this way, but I think it has …

How to Be Smart About Your Spending in 2014 (Infographic)

Businesses must spend money to grow, but ponying up your hard-earned cash without a plan probably won't do your startup any good. To really grow your business this year, you'll need a smart, organized and strategic investment plan.<p>Many small-businesses have indicated that they are going to spend …

Study: Enjoy Life, Live Longer

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Don't worry, be happy -- you may just live longer.<p>A large existing body of research shows that negative emotions -- including depression, stress and anxiety -- can have a detrimental effect on our physical well-being.<p>Andrew Steptoe, the …

Netflix 4Q income grows sixfold as new members rush in

Streaming service Netflix sees profit and subscriber growth continue to rise.<p>Netflix said Wednesday its fourth-quarter net profit grew sixfold from a year ago as its subscriber base exceeded 44 million members worldwide.<p>The net profit of $48 million, or 79 cents per share, beat analysts' estimates …

Entrepreneurs, don't hesitate to hire help

<b>Dear Gladys, My wife and I work almost around the clock in our business, which is a medical supply company. I struggle with the idea of hiring someone for fear that I might get the wrong person. I would like to go as long as I possibly can without hiring but I know that the time is rapidly</b> …

Money lessons I've learned since writing for Get Rich Slowly

<b>This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong.</b><p>For the past year and I half, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing for Get Rich Slowly. That’s not to say it …

Protect Yourself From A Treasury Bond Crash

The U.S. Treasury is underwater, with a net worth of minus $17 trillion. It’s time to wager against it.<p>Treasury paper will not go into default, since the government can always print (and has been printing) the money it uses to pay its bills. But a distinct possibility is that lenders like China …

10 Money Tips You Can Act On In 5 Minutes

This year, I have a few resolutions. First and foremost: <i>If it takes less than 5 minutes, do it now.</i><p>It's surprising how many things we put off that could get done in 5 minutes. For example: calling to make a doctor's appointment. Or unloading the dishwasher. Or deleting junk email. The list goes on …

Best Money Tips: Secrets of Successful Side-Hustlers

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on secrets of successful side-hustlers, tips for new taxpayers, …

Three Shrinking Giants: IBM, HP And Yahoo

What were the boards of IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Yahoo thinking when they appointed their latest crop of CEOs? Each of them have presided over lumbering giants that have shrunk in the last year.<p>But the stock market has rewarded these blond-haired, blue-eyed CEOs very differently — Yahoo (up 98%) …

Why more Americans are putting their eggs in Roth baskets

(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)<p>By Mark Miller<p>CHICAGO (Reuters) - Affluent Americans are showing a growing preference for paying taxes on their retirement savings sooner rather than later.<p>Data released earlier this month by the Internal Revenue Service …

A Guide To Self-Employment Retirement Plans

Self-employed people, I know you’re crazy busy. But please take the time and initiative to set up and fund a tax-advantaged retirement plan for yourself. By doing so, you’ll not only make your financial future more secure, you can save a boatload of taxes <i>now</i> — and maybe even lower your 2013 …

5 Emergency Situations You Must Prepare For (and 5 You Can Ignore)

"Prepping" is a term that defines the process of getting ready for a catastrophic event. While the word used to have a negative connotation, reserved …

Will You Ever Use 20 Rolls Of Paper Towels? What To Buy And Not Buy In Bulk

Buying in bulk might seem like a great idea, if you have the time and storage needed to deal such large quantities. But with more retailers offering …

What You Should Know About Credit #CreditChat [Video] with Jeanne Kelly

Join our special #CreditChat with Jeanne Kelley @CreditScoop on Twitter on Wednesday, February 5 at 3 p.m. ET. And join us in this special video …

Best Investments For Retirement Planning

People invest for many reasons. As a hobby, for their ego’s sake or to meet a medium-term goal, such as paying for college.<p>All are reasonable choices, as far as that goes. Investing as a form of entertainment is no sin. Certainly CNBC would cease to exist, otherwise.<p>But most of us have a real, …

Avoiding High Auto Loan Rates

<b>Even with the perfect storm of car shopping opportunities, consumers still need to proactively manage their resources to avoid paying unnecessarily</b> …

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Save $70,000 (or More!) With 4 Simple Credit Score Boosts

Do you dream of having a home to call your very own one day? If you're like most people, the answer is a resounding, "YES!"<p>If you do, you're likely …

Psst... Want to Start a Side-Gig? Here's What You Need to Know Now

One of my mantras: Always look at your career and work life through the prism of You Inc.<p>It’s a mindset that I find psychologically empowering.<p>I really do run the Kerry Inc. business today with many clients. But that concept worked for me, even when I worked in-house for one employer. I always …