Wow, just had a GREAT conversation with Jenna Fernandes, CEO, CareBooker.com. She’s really thought this whole caregiving conundrum all the way through. At first, I wasn’t sure, because we all have seen the ubiquitous commercials from Care.com. But, after getting a long bulleted list of how Carebooker.com was different, and then having a conversation with Jenna, I’m a believer!
I believe she’s on to something. I haven’t really researched the space because I don’t have kids, no pets, and my dad already has a great full time caregiver. After talking with Jenna, I now know there are different sites for all types of care you could want….pets, kids, elders, plants (just kidding;-) but maybe??
CareBooker.com is leading the way to consolidate all types of care into one online place. Where you can take care of it all vs. going to 3, 4 or even 5 different sites. All with different navigation, different booking criteria, you get the picture…
They are revolutionizing the way people search for and secure family care professionals by allowing users free access to their growing user base of service providers and even booking around a service provider’s real-time availability.
Per Jenna, soome of the features on CareBooker.com:
- We don’t require an expensive monthly membership fee to find service providers
- We provide free, comprehensive background checks for providers / free for families to view
- We make it easy for people to book interviews by phone, skype, or at a location that works for them.
- Families will find it simple to book care and pay online (and even easily add a tip)
- All of the reviews on the site are “certified” which means that someone had to actually book and pay for services with that provider via CareBooker in-order to add the review/rate the provider
What’s most unique is that CareBooker is meant to be used as a way for care providers to manage their entire business!
- They provide a “Book Now” button that ANY service provider on CareBooker can use to easily turn their own website into a booking and payment platform.
- All care providers get a “webpage” with a unique URL (similar to LinkedIn) – bringing the power of SEO to service providers
When you listen to our conversation, you’ll learn more about this aspect of Carebooker.com, and find out what spurred Jenna to create this site!
Yes, his last name is Risk, and September is National Emergency Preparedness Month.
According to a national workplace safety survey by Staples, only half of employees believe their workplaces are prepared for a severe emergency and nearly two-thirds of those polled said recent natural disasters have not led to their employers reassessing company safety plans.
Today, Staples’ Safety Expert Bob Risk drops in to discuss how local San Diego consumers and businesses can get back-to-safety and prepare for the unexpected.
Bob says people would be surprised to find out how many stores and even restaurants lack the most basic supplies for first aid!
And he’s going to share with us 5 overlooked products that should be included as part of an emergency preparedness kit.
Bob is the senior strategic safety health and wellness manager for Staples. His experience includes working with some of the largest corporations in the world to help them with emergency response efforts and environmental clean-ups of some of the worst disasters in the last decade, including Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast Oil spill.
I recently had a great conversation with Libby Gill in the Business Salon about her new book, “Capture the Mindshare and the Market Share Will Follow: The Art and Science of Building Brands”.
Among her other great books, she is also an internationally recognized executive coach and branding expert with over 20 years of industry experience. Libby has worked with some of the best in the business including ABC-Disney, Nike, PayPal, and Warner Brothers just to name a few.
FYI, Libby also launched Dr. Phil, which was no easy feat.
1. Quick overview of the 7 Cs with a focus on the woman solopreneur
2. Clarify – How Purpose, Premise, Promise combine to create your Value Proposition
3. How to identify the right Credibility Boosters up front to accelerate Collaboration and Connection?
A financial expert, Pamela is the author of the groundbreaking book Bank on Yourself:The Life Changing Secret fo Growing and Protecting Your Financial Future – which reveals the secrets to taking back control of your financial future that Wall Street, banks, and credit card companies DON’T want you to know.
She investigated more than 450 savings and retirement planning strategies seeking an alternative to the risk and volatility of stocks and other investments. Her research led her to a time-tested, predictable method of growing and protecting wealth now used by more than half a million people.
This was a fascinating conversation as we explored the following questions and more:
- WHAT is a Bank On Yourself Plan?
- Has it REALLY been around for 160 years?
- Your advice is radically different from both Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman – what are the key differences?
- How can a woman entrepreneur use Bank On Yourself as a financing vehicle for their business, even when no banker will loan her a dime?
- How can women entrepreneurs use Bank On Yourself to not retire broke?
- Is it too late to start a Bank On Yourself Plan, if you are a woman entrepreneur over 50?
- Walt Disney and JC Penney both used this type of plan to finance their businesses?
Pamela’s new book: Bank On Yourself Revolution: Fire Your Banker, Bypass Wall Street, and Take Control of Your Own Financial Future. (And by the way, THIS ‘Revolution’ WILL be televised ;-))
Ladies, you really have to listen to this one. It’s MIND-BLOWING what we don’t know about this potential business financing vehicle.
Jan Phillips wrote this white paper in 2006, using Michael Stelzner’s white paper on… “How to Write a White Paper” (thanks Michael …designed to help market the book she was writing for 9th Element Group, our angel-funded, short-lived “business of thought leadership” consulting company.
You can download it RIGHT here:
Visionary Thought Leadership. (PDF, opens new window, no registration required)
I think it’s time we revived it, let me know what you think when you read it, it’s obvious to me now that we were way ahead of our time.
Enjoy the read, and if you like it…
You’ll LOVE the award-winning book companion book we published titled “The Art of Original Thinking: The Making of a Thought Leader”
(Amazon.com and in bookstores too)
Also, go check out Jan Phillips and tell her what an amazing predictor she is… (well, I guess we all were – we all added content and insight). You’ll love her site. Tell her Michelle Price sent you.
A while back, I became inspired to take my favorite book – The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles – and translate/create a version written in the feminine for women solopreneurs. This book was the first metaphysical book I actually read and put the teachings into action.
The results have been nothing short of amazing. I manifested everything from two laptop computers (in the early 2000′s no less) to my final escape from Cubicle Nation. That was 10 years ago…
Thought I’d excerpt the Preface for you here:
The foundation of this book is based on The Science of Getting Rich, which was written in 1910 by Wallace D. Wattles, one year before his death.
This compilation – The Science of Getting Rich for Women Solopreneurs was created by two dedicated women solo entrepreneurs –Michelle Anton and Michelle Price. They were in search of a personal mastery book that met the needs of women solopreneurs who own and operate service businesses who desire to shift from solely trading time for dollars to creating more value from their intellectual property for themselves and others through their books, ebooks and information based-products.
They have combined their real world experience from the school of hard knocks, their expertise in Fortune 50 AND small business entrepreneurship, and added a dash of grass roots research to help women entrepreneurs everywhere prosper.
All too often they have found that females don’t have access to the contacts and shortcuts shared and enjoyed by men in “the old boy’s network”. Their main goal in editing The Science of Getting Rich into The Science of Getting for Women Solopreneurs was to provide an extraordinarily effective and efficient method for women interested in gaining wealth: one that preaches against competitive economic practices, instead concerning itself with the cooperation and betterment of the world.
Visit The Science of Getting Rich for Women Solopreneurs TeleSalon to sample the audio version.
Be sure to let me know what you think!
My good friend and colleague Jan Phillips wrote this for Huffington Post recently. When I read it, I was touched, moved and inspired to share it here. What’s disturbing is this pattern has been at play for what seems like centuries to hear it told. It’s time for a change and we are the ones.
Take it away Jan:
Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan’s book, The Feminine Mystique, sparked a women’s movement that rocked the world. It was about “the problem that has no name.” They didn’t know what to call it back then. But today, ask any woman if she’s ever felt silenced, and chances are she’ll say yes. Cultures have been silencing women for centuries, and as a result, women’s voices and creations are under-represented everywhere you look.
In the US, women make up 51 percent of the workforce and hold 16.1 percent of the board positions. While 85% of the nudes in a museum are apt to be female, only 5 percent of its artists are. Only 5 percent of the film directors in the U.S. are female. While women are 51 percent of the population, we hold 17 percent of the seats in Congress. Of the 500 largest corporations, 4.2 percent have a female CEO. Of those who’ve gained eminence in science and writing, 1 percent have been women.
In a recent study of male and female art students at the San Francisco Art Institute, the question was asked: Do you think of yourself as an artist? 67 percent of the women said no and 60 percent of the men said yes. When asked the question, in comparison to the work of others at the Institute, is your work particularly unique or good? 40 percent of the men and 17 percent of the women answered yes. And when asked In comparison to the work of others at the Institute, is your work inferior? the percentages were reversed: 40 percent of the women felt their work was inferior and 14 percent of the men agreed.
In a year long study from 2009-2010, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) examined every politically-themed book that The New York Times Book Review critiqued. FAIR reported that 95 percent of US authors reviewed in the publication were white, and 87 percent were male.
Doors are never going to just open up to a new reality for women. In order to create a culture that is balanced and fair, where the power and voices of women are equal to that of the men, then it is our job as women to make that happen. We are the suffragettes of our times, the ones who create the events that ignite the public and personal imagination, that free our creative powers, that cause another wave of energy and potential to wash over our world.
My Livingkindness Foundation is sponsoring an event to do just that. It is 3 day symposium for women to bring together art and activism, creativity and spirituality. All women are invited to come to the well, to feed their souls, to be inspired by the artistry, the genius, the social reach and impact of their fellow creators. It is a forum for all of us, no matter where we stand in relationship to the arts — for we are each other’s mirrors and witnesses. We are satellite dishes receiving each others’s signals and symbols.
Yesterday as I was explaining the event to someone, I described the feeling many of us have had upon hearing of someone’s success or achievement: “If she can, I can.” It’s like that, I said. We’re inspired by each other. The woman picked up on it right away and said, “Oh I get it: it’s an “If she can, we can weekend!” Exactly.
We’re giving $1000 Art & Activism awards to four women who have had a significant impact on American culture: Pulitzer nominee poet/ writer Linda Hogan, from the Chickasaw Nation, Grammy-winner Joanne Shenandoah, from the Iroquois Confederacy, and June Millington, co-founder of the first women’s rock and roll band in the country and her partner Ann Hackler who co-founded the Institute for Musical Arts which trains young women in the art and business of music-making.
Also appearing will be Inocente, a nineteen year old artist who lived as a homeless undocumented immigrant who found the arts both healing and redemptive. The documentary about her life, Inocente, won this year’s Academy Award for Documentary Short.
There are a variety of EVE talks (Expressing Values that are Evolutionary), salons in writing, photography, social networking, platform-building, crowdfunding, digital campaigns and art immersion experiences in photography, painting, movement, ritual and digital storytelling.
For more info, http://www.livingkindness.org/Livingkindness/Events.html
While researching my theory that the OLD masculine online business model is becoming less effective by the day – and there’s a NEW Feminine Online Business Model emerging and being nurtured by Fierce Feminine women entrepreneurs (like Lisa Manyon’s observation of a New Marketing Model)…
…I happened upon this book published in 2004 (8 years ago!) called Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott.
I was captivated by the foreword by Ken Blanchard (One-Minute Manager is probably how he’s known best) and sucked into the “free” first chapter. Which hasn’t happened in a VERY long time. (nowadays, free chapters are usually about as exciting as watching paint dry)
It got me thinking about what I’m calling the New Feminine Online Business Model, because the subtitle of the book is “Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time“.
ONE Conversation at a Time.
Not a thousand. One.
The New Feminine Online Business Model is based on having an Online Conversation That Matters, then going out and finding the small group of people that it matters TO. And letting them know you are listening, so they can talk.
And I’m chuckling, because if you really think about it, like she says in her subtitle, you can truly only have ONE conversation at a time online, at work, or in life.
Doesn’t matter whether you have thousands or even millions of “followers” on Twitter, “friends” on Facebook, “connections” on Linkedin, “circles” on Google+…”collections” on Pinterest…
One at a time, my friend.
So the next time you find yourself obsessing over your Klout score, or the number of people in your Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin network, think about singling out just One.
And reach out and have a conversation with that One. See what magic may happen.
My most successful conversations have all begun with just One.
Google Books sample below. Read it for yourself.