Jackie Peterson

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  • Short Free Webinar on Encore Entrepreneurship

    On Friday January 13 at 1:00 to 1:30 pm SBDC is offering a half hour FREE short webinar on our coming Encore Business Builders Class.

    It will be really great information if you are considering an Encore enterprise.

    It is free, but you do need to register with Eventbrite.

    Here is the link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starting-an-encore-business-webinar-tickets-30732949078

    Hope you can join us!!!

    Jackie B

  • Your Business Startup

    It’s time to make the leap!

    Leap-353x179Traditional employment is fading fast.

    Now is the time to focus on your business startup

    For more than two decades, ‘Solopreneurship’ has quietly been on the rise. Also called, independent work, freelancing or sometimes contract work. Check out this recent article in Fast Company Magazine.

    Studies show that Solos make up more than 40%. That number is increasing steadily. It’s estimated that number with surge past 50% by 2020.

    In the next 25 years, the workforce will accelerate towards entrepreneurship, independent contracting and “peer to peer” collaborating (we call that “the Waterbug™  model”). Now is the time to focus on your business startup.

    Unfortunately, potential entrepreneurs are not sure what to do with this new found independence. Their first question is “What can I do?”.

    In my new Best Beginnings: Start Your Business Right webinar program, we devote a lot of time to that question.  The first webinar is Titled What Should I Do?  With 9 accompanying work sheets, it helps you answer that question.  (It is a bargain at $199.95.)

  • Overcome Startup Fear Barriers

    Starting a solo business requires action

    Overcome StartUp Fear BarriersOvercome startup fear barriers to remove procrastination and paralysis.

    When you first think of starting your own business, you’re bombarded with questions. “What do I have to offer?” “How will I get clients?” “How much will I charge?”

    Those questions can stop you in your tracks. Start by thinking about what you’ve already been doing, either in your last job or in your life. Most solos start out doing some kind of consulting or service. Then you develop from there.

    In this episode of Better, Smarter, Richer Jackie will share several stories of some of her clients. Learn how they took their job skills and used them to start up their solo business. Starting with what you already have experience in can make it easier to overcome startup fear barriers.

    Confidence and experience are excellent fear busters. When you move into the next stage in your career, it helps to use what you already know to grow your own business. Jackie will share the words other solos are using to overcome startup fear barriers.

    Jackie will also discuss how the 21st Century technology-driven world is different from old-school business. Learn how you can use that to help you overcome startup fear barriers.

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  • Overcome StartUp Reluctance

    Still looking for a job?

    overcome startup reluctanceIt’s time to take charge.

    You’ve spent your entire working life in a j-o-b. You got used to having  work put in front of you. You do what you’re told. In return you got benefits, sick pay, and a pension. When that vanishes with a layoff, it’s tempting to look for that again. You think it’s secure – except for the whole ‘layoff’ thing.

    It’s time to overcome startup reluctance.

    Starting a business can sound frightening. Here are some hard cold facts about employment today:

    • You are seen as an expense to the company – they’re always looking for ways to reduce expenses
    • They are not interested in your future – they’re planning for THEIR future (see above)
    • They have their vision and values – that don’t include you
    • You have to force yourself to fit into their culture
    • You work to fulfill THEIR dreams NOT yours

    We are in a tidal wave of downsizing. They want to eliminate those long-term obligations like your benefits, sick pay and pension. If you want  ‘security’ you’re going to have to build it yourself.

    Taking the reins of your own business may seem scary when you first look at it, but take a deeper look. This episode of Better, Smarter, Richer is going to help you overcome start up reluctance.

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  • Easy Business Plan Overview

    Start Your Business Now!
    An Easy Business Plan Overview

    An Easy Business Plan OverviewMany professionals get stuck in their business start up phase when they look at the old-school business plan which used to be a long drawn out affair that involved a series of ‘educated’ guesses that you would take to a bank to get a loan. You’d need to make a series of ‘projections’ as to expenses, expenditures and more – all before you actually had a client.

    That is not the reality for solo-based business in the 21st Century. As a solo, it’s more important that you know you’ve got a viable money-making business early on. Most old-school business plans took months to gather information. Many solos start out freelancing – either why they’re still working or after they’ve been laid off. What they need is a easy business plan overview that they can use on the ‘fly’ as their business is all ready bringing money for them.

    Listen into this issue of Better, Smarter, Richer as Jackie gives you an easy business plan overview. She will explains how easily you can make your business plan while you’re actually starting up your business. She’ll share with you:

    • Details on the new Lean Start Up concept
    • Explore the plane, do, check act method of developing a business plan
    • Uncover places to find funding that you may not have considered
    • Steps for you to move out of StartUp fear and get your business going painlessly

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