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Welcome!

You’ve landed on the blog and podcast page of Jim Hopkinson: The Hopkinson Report.
Let me give you an update in Top 10 FAQ format:

1) What is this site about?

The Hopkinson Report was a blog and podcast that ran just about every single week between April 2008 and November 2013 — 6 straight years and more than 250 episodes!

For the first four years, it was co-branded with Wired.com (where I worked) but then was rebranded from an entrepreneurial perspective, focusing on high energy conversations around career and lifestyle.

2) Is the site still active?

Yes and No. Because of the huge amount of content I produced, the site still receives quite a bit of traffic. So while I’ve decided to stop publishing on a regular basis, you can still browse the archives online and I’ve kept the entire podcast catalog available on iTunes.

3) So what are you doing now?

Great question! I’ve decided to focus almost all of my attention on my salary negotiation business over at SalaryTutor.com. I help ambitious professionals overcome the fear of negotiating their salary, by giving them confidence and the skills they need to get paid what they deserve.

4) Sounds cool. How do you do that?

I actually credit starting this podcast — and doing it for years for free — with many of the skills I now use:

  1. Courses: I stayed up with technology and trends, and built several amazing online salary negotiation courses, complete with HD video instruction, downloadable templates, a How Much Am I Worth guide, and Improv-trained actors for the fun scenarios with the Evil HR Lady.
    See post #231: How I launched my online course
  2. Consulting: I got incredibly good at interviewing people, seeing how they tick, and recommending a career and negotiation strategy through 1:1 consulting.
    See my Interview archive: Episodes where I interview people
  3. Writing I developed my writing chops, which led to a book deal with Grand Central Publishing.
    See Post #141: How this podcast landed me a book deal
  4. Speaking: I got great at presenting, so now speak on career topics.
    See Post #74: Public Speaking Tips with Mitch Joel

5) Are you still on Twitter?

Of course! You can follow me @HopkinsonReport

6) Will you ever do this or another podcast again?

Sure! I loved the long-form podcast format and am totally open to starting this back up or doing another one in the future. Ironically, since I stopped, podcasting has had a big resurgence.

I listen to about 10 different podcasts right now, with my favorites being Tim Ferriss, Smart Passive Income, Adam Carolla, Bill Simmons, Tropical MBA, Sleeping with the Boss, New Business Networking, Eventual Millionaire, and Internet Business Mastery.

If you’re a business looking to sponsor a podcast, or have a podcast and need an experienced host, drop me a line.

7) What else are you working on?

The great thing about being a “solopreneur” is that I have the freedom to pursue multiple projects, usually around new media and career development. In addition to my salary negotiation business, I write for Salary.com and SUCCESS magazine, teach social media at NYU, teach blogging and Twitter for Mediabistro, and run the occasional Reboot conference.

One thing I’m really excited about is taking the knowledge of building my own online courses and helping other thought-leaders and entrepreneurs build out their own platforms. For example, in early 2015 I served as editor, producer, and director on a great course by a legendary screenwriting guru, so contact me if you or someone you know is looking to bring their content online.

8) What is your favorite post?

Like a father with 250 children, it’s hard to pick my favorite. But for obvious reasons, I really enjoyed my in-depth posts on travel:
How to work remotely from Buenos Aires
How to work remotely from Thailand
Travels to Japan and other Travel Tips

9) Who was your favorite guest?

Once again, I can’t choose just one, although you can take a look at my top 15 interviews. The main takeaway was the awesomeness of meeting cool people doing cool things anytime or anywhere, and always having the following line in my back pocket: “The work you’re doing sounds amazing… would you like to be a guest on my podcast and talk about it more?”

10) So what do I do now?

  • Probably the best place to start is my Archive page, where you can search the site, browse by category, and see my top 15 episodes and interviews
  • Follow @HopkinsonReport on Twitter
  • Send me an email to say Hi (or bye)
  • I’d love it if you’d sign up for my mailing list over at SalaryTutor.com. Not only will you get my Negotiation Mindset course free, but you’ll get some fun advice and career tips from me delivered right to your inbox.

Thanks to all my fans, followers, readers, and listeners over the years. It’s been a pleasure and I’m sure I’ll speak with you soon.

– Jim

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Find out what revenue streams are key for short and long-term growth.
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Cashflow

Cashflow might be the most important element of any small business. You can have a great business idea, be an incredibly hard worker, and have all the mentors and connections in the world, but unless there is money coming through that door on a consistent basis, the business isn’t going to last too long.

How many times have you read about new startups and their burn rate, which is defined by Wikipedia as “a measure for how fast a company will use up its shareholder capital… if the shareholder capital is exhausted, the company will either have to start making a profit, find additional funding, or close down.”

For an individual entrepreneur, it works the same way. If the cash flow isn’t coming in, they might have to borrow money from friends, find more clients, borrow on credit cards, or go back to working a full time job.

In the pursuit of wealth and building a business, I propose that there are 3 types of income that solopreneurs should strive for:

1) Consistent Income

Consistent income is what feeds the bottom line of the business, and frankly, pays the bills. This is money that you can count on to come in without fail month after month, serving as a baseline for basic expenses.

Let’s look at some examples:
Joanne is a talented web designer. She left her full time job last year at a major publishing company to go out on her own and build her own business. Because she was so specialized in what she did and her old company really loved her work, they agreed to keep her on retainer, paying her $3,000 per month in exchange for being available to do small projects such as ads, banners, emails, templates, and website design projects as they come up.

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Interview with Kapture founders Mike Sarow and Matthew Dooley.

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The Kapture Wristband — Origins

Mike Sarow, a 12 year veteran as an engineer at Procter & Gamble, and Matthew Dooley, a social media expert skilled in bridging the online and offline worlds were both working in their full time jobs in November 2012 when they decided to go all-in on a unique and cool new product, the Kapture audio device.

[NOTE: The Kapture Kickstarter campaign ends on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Please lend a hand!]

As Mike tells us, “The idea started on a personal vacation where the conversations that I was having… were awesome. I decided that I wanted to save those conversations, so I started tapping my wrist in a fake manner and said ‘Hey, I’m going to save that.’”

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Predictions, Rants, Analysis, and Advice after 250 episodes.

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250 Episodes

Can you believe this somehow snuck up on me? That’s what happens when you’re consistent and you just dig in and crank out something new every week.

So while I had an elaborate rooftop party for episode #100, I don’t need recognition or balloons or high fives for hitting episode #250. Just me, a microphone, and my continuing desire to rant about a topic every week to anyone out there that will listen.

For those that continue to be a fan of the show, my sincere, heartfelt thanks.

However, to celebrate the milestone, lets take a big picture look at the state of new media. I’m not digging too deep into the facts and research for this one, just going from my gut, taking a look at…

Products and trends I think are on the way out, holding steady, and on the rise.

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Look at me! Look at me!

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Meet Reggie

So I was fortunate enough to be asked to do a panel at the new SXSW V2V in Las Vegas recently… my friends (some new, some old) were actually only one of 15 panels out of 400 that were selected. It was a great event and we did the normal Vegas conference things: Met interesting people and attended fantastic sessions during the day, then went out later and checked out the scene at the pool, had some great dinners, walked the strip, did some shopping, and had some fun partying.

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