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19 Reasons for Becoming a Business Consultant

19 Reasons for Becoming a Business Consultant | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

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A breakdown of the economics and statistics of becoming a consultant and establishing fees.  This is a great overview of what to consider and what the odds are like.  Every business consultant will enjoy  and learn from these stats. Angela Heath, TKC Incorporated.

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Laura Candelaria's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:46 PM

Great infographic, love the color use. Also an interesting look at the consulting business. I've worked for two companies that have hired an outside consultant. One had lackluster results, the other was fantastic - great ideas, data rich insights, strong focus on not only results but most effective way to get them. Would love to (one day) try getting deeper into that side of the business.  

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Be an opportunity maker

Be an opportunity maker | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started? (And ... what if you're shy?) Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people use their own talents and passions.
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Let's talk about US...with and for others is the key.  Great motivation.

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More older Americans starting their own businesses to supplement incomes, pursue passion projects

More older Americans starting their own businesses to supplement incomes, pursue passion projects | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
At “52 years young,” Pattie Hayes considers herself a well-seasoned professional in the elder-care industry.
With the youngest of
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Why are Boomers starting businesses?  There are a number of reasons -- we are wise enough to know our skill set, insightful enough to know the market, bold enough to pursue our passions and, some simply need the money to supplement retirement.  Read more.

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Customer service as important in online interaction: Survey

Customer service as important in online interaction: Survey | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
With the number of people shopping online increasing exponentially, having a customer-focused online presence has become an imperative for companies, the results of a survey by American Express, 2014 global customer service barometer, show.According
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Hi touch is still very important in this digital age. Nothing frustrates customers more than not being able to speak with a REAL person for a complicated issue.  Personally, spending 30 minutes or more online looking for answers is not my idea of a good afternoon.  Connect me with an AMERICAN customer service rep!!

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Online start-ups gaining traction - Business News | The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Several online start-ups are proving the feasibility of their business models, which have been gaining traction within their first year in business.
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Interesting article misses a very important point....baby boomers are starting online businesses in record numbers.  It's a way to avoid cashing out their retirement funds to test business ideas.  I am writing a book to help baby boomers do just that.

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Angela Heath's curator insight, October 28, 7:58 PM

Interesting article misses a very important point....baby boomers are starting online businesses in record numbers.  It's a way to avoid cashing out their retirement funds to test business ideas.  I am writing a book to help baby boomers do just that.

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Take steps to protect your firm from online fraud | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information

If you own or operate the finances of a business, you need to be aware of fraud trends and how to protect your assets.
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Your bank can assist you with some helpful tips to avoid online fraud.  However, there are steps you should take on your own.  Learn what.....:

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Advertisement | InsuranceNewsNet

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Great news.  Now just by entering a zip code, business owners can find rates and coverage plans. Find out how. 

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Millennial or a Baby Boomer? These 2 Online Retailers Define the Difference

Millennial or a Baby Boomer? These 2 Online Retailers Define the Difference | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Age isn't the only deciding factor in determining what generation you fall into. - Rich Duprey - Consumer Goods
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Something more to learn about the generations and how that might be helpful to retailers.

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When Yelp Attacks – How To Defend Your Business Online (Infographic)

When Yelp Attacks – How To Defend Your Business Online (Infographic) | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
If you own a business you know how important user reviews are. Yelp user will visit the site when they intend to buy a product or a service. They will make their purchase decisions only after they’…
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Great information. Good ratings on Yelp can increase revenue up to ten percent. Take good care of your Yelp reputation.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Facebook Ads by Vertical Measures

Step-by-Step Guide to Facebook Ads by Vertical Measures | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Facebook Promotion has quickly become one of the most effective marketing channels. Getting started is easy with this step-by-step, screenshot-heavy guide!
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Inexpensive and very effective -- targeting is very important

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Angela Heath's curator insight, October 10, 6:07 PM

This one of the least expensive promotion you can ever do.  YES, I know from experience it can be effective.  Just make sure you pinpoint your demographics precisely.

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ANDY LOGAN: Online sales tax act would hurt local businesses

ANDY LOGAN: Online sales tax act would hurt local  businesses | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
One of the many issues we are facing with the upcoming elections and voting schedule is the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would implement an Internet sales tax on all online sales, regardless of whether a business has a physical presence in that state. As a small business owner I am concerned with the potential consequences that this legislation could have on small business.
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The Marketplace Fairness Act is something online business persons need to lobby against.  It would require you to tax all purchases and some small businesses will be driven under.  Brick and mortar shops think this levels the playing field.  Learn more...

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Online shopping rings in big business for SingPost

Online shopping rings in big business for SingPost | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
The Straits Times - Get breaking news and latest on Singapore, Asia and the rest of the world, plus commentaries, features, videos and photos, at straitstimes.com.
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For those doing international business, SignPost is a company to watch.

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How Small Businesses Should Respond to Negative Online Reviews

How Small Businesses Should Respond to Negative Online Reviews | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
One of the worst things you could possibly do as a business owner is to respond to a poor review with even poorer conduct. While some review sites seem to really promote negative reviews from custome…
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No lawsuit is not the answer to a negative online review.  That will only draw more negative attention.  Dealing with poor reviews is a skill all ecommerce companies need to focus on.  If it hasn't happened to you yet, it will at some point.  This is a great article with good and poor examples to consider.

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Suppliers struggle with growth of online business

Suppliers struggle with growth of online business | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
E-commerce is eclipsing traditional retail in the two biggest economies on earth-the China and the U.S. However, what has been good for e-commerce has been less good for global package delivery com...
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How to Pick the Best Online Advertising Channel for Your Business

How to Pick the Best Online Advertising Channel for Your Business | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
A law office needs to target its market differently than a business selling stuffed animals.
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This quick read is well worth it.  It helps you decide which platforms to use for your goals.  Take a look...

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6 Top Impacts On Home-based Business Success

6 Top Impacts On Home-based Business Success | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
HOME is headquarters for growing numbers of businesses as individuals and families turn to entrepreneurial ventures to subsidize or replace traditional work income. PJ Wade asks whether this special location gets the attention it deserves and shares real-estate insight into home-based business success.
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Fascinating article that applies to online businesses operated from hom. Location, location, location and home design are vital influences on the success.  Learn the 6 TOP IMPACTS ON HOME-BASED BUSINESS SUCCESS.

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Angela Heath's curator insight, November 11, 11:07 AM

Fascinating article that applies to online businesses operated from hom. Location, location, location and home design are vital influences on the success.  Learn the 6 TOP IMPACTS ON HOME-BASED BUSINESS SUCCESS.

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9 Web Design Essentials For Marketing Your Business Online

9 Web Design Essentials For Marketing Your Business Online | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
If a new website is on the horizon for your business, you may be surprised to learn that that web design and online marketing have changed dramatically over the past couple of years. Today’s web de…
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The features listed in this article will help reach your customers online more effectively.   A well planned website is very important.  Learn about what's best practice. 
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How to Write a Killer Business Plan

How to Write a Killer Business Plan | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

A simple diagram that represents quite a bit of work.  However, it's worth it...


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, October 28, 4:42 AM

And this good and short reminder how to put together a pretty good business plan? 5 minutes to read it...:-))) it is the business plan factory time, I know, I've done it, I've coordinated it for 20 years...:-)))

Sieg Holle's curator insight, November 1, 9:13 AM

No plan no results? Govern chaos

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Using Social Media & Your Laptop To Build An Online Business

Using Social Media & Your Laptop To Build An Online Business | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Our writer read "The Gatekeepers are Gone" that talks about the grind that precedes business success. It's an inspiration to aspiring business owners.
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Great, quick article for persons interested in building an online business with nothing.

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Skills Gap Remains A Concern Among Private Companies As Employment Outlook Creeps Up

Skills Gap Remains A Concern Among Private Companies As Employment Outlook Creeps Up | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Employers are definitely looking to hire, but their hiring will be restrained in two ways.
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Hiring great talent may be challenging in the future.  Find out what we can expect for talent and skills....

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» The Power of Online Marketing: How One Broker Builds Business…and Celebrity Status

» The Power of Online Marketing: How One Broker Builds Business…and Celebrity Status | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
» The Power of Online Marketing: How One Broker Builds Business…and Celebrity Status
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Great article that shows how the right online resource can help you go from "0" to "profitable."  Find the right platform for your company.

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GoDaddy and Spree Commerce Partner for Launch of GoDaddy Online Store | Business Wire

GoDaddy and Spree Commerce Partner for Launch of GoDaddy Online Store | Business Wire | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, and Spree Commerce, the company powering the technology behind t
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EXCITING news for small businesses launching into ecommerce.

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5 of the best mobile online billing software apps for business owners on the go

5 of the best mobile online billing software apps for business owners on the go | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
You don't leave your office without your smartphone or tablet with you. Take advantage of the power of your mobile device to increase your productivity.
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Mobile apps will make your life so much easier.  This is a great article that shows you how to track your billable hours and create invoices on the go.

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4 Signs Your Small Business Is Ready To Sell Online

4 Signs Your Small Business Is Ready To Sell Online | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
If you run a successful small brick and mortar business and feel ready to expand and grow, you may be tempted to jump on the bandwagon and start your online store. However, is it the right time for your offline shop to open online? Here are 4 telltale signs your [...]
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Angela Heath's curator insight, October 4, 4:29 PM

This article includes insights for brick and mortar business to use when transitioning to online.  However, the truth is all businesses should be online.  A brick and mortar stores should start its online presence from the very start.  I recommend social media to build a loyal fan base. As soon as the company can support the additional expenses, e-commerce should follow.

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Launching An Online Business Overseas

Launching An Online Business Overseas | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
One of the benefits the Internet has unlocked is the ability to expand into new markets. Here are four tips to help you achieve International success.
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The web has opened the possibility of international business to small companies.  This is an introductory piece for solo-preneurs and small business.  Not very deep but provides good  broad strokes.

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How to Make Your Business Blog Shine

How to Make Your Business Blog Shine | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

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A blog is a great strategy for any type of business you have.  It's a way to keep your content fresh and continually engage your followers.

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