From jewelry-making parties to painting with friends while sipping margaritas, the social arts and crafts scene has exploded in the last few years, with boutique hands-on arts businesses across the nation becoming one of the hottest girls-night-out trends around.

"According to the Social Security Administration, we work harder and longer than ever, with full retirement age now considered to be 67," said Joseph Ferriolo, director of Wise, which helps companies across the globe with start-up and expansion planning. "Relaxing has become something we simply must do more regularly to have good health, not just something we wish we could do. These businesses that allow for artistic expression while spending time with good friends has become a niche market that's growing in leaps and bounds."

Other companies thriving as a respite from our high-paced society include casual cooking classes and dance studios offering relaxing ways to stay fit.

"As a society, we've become so used to being mentally stimulated that we almost can't relax without some kind of learning or doing going on," he said. "But learning something fun and new that's completely different from a day job can be so refreshing."

However, he said, while the arts industry is known for being laid back and taking things as they come, any business, even the most casual, needs planning to succeed. Wise can help, he said, especially with some of the less creative and more regimented portions of business planning, like crafting precise financials.

"Your business can be your ultimate artistic expression, serving as a reflection of you, your life goals and the way you see the world," he said. "Let us help you prime the canvas so you can get ready to create your entrepreneurial masterpiece."

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