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20 Women In Business To Follow on Twitter

Twitter is my absolute FAVORITE social media platform. Its a great platform to connect with the right people to fit your business needs. Since most small businesses have a very small marketing budget, it is an innovative way to leverage your products or services. For instance, you can announce upcoming sales or events which can drive potential customers to your website or physical location. And most of all, Twitter is a FREE!

Still not convinced?
Well, the following 20 business women understand the importance of using Twitter as apart of their social media strategy. They share relevant, informative and inspirational tweets to help those that follow them. They are also sought after experts in their own rights. These are women that YOU want to follow!

A.Michelle Blakeley
@simplicityinc – a professional “boot-strapper” and serial entrepreneur, she has sold real estate, owned a nightclub and a transitional living facility, founded a solar cleaning start-up, established a Micro Business Therapy™ practice, opened a contemporary art gallery in less than 90 days and most recently established a compliance consultancy for cannabis enterprises. She is the author of “Zero to 60.” She has 11,600 followers.

Anita Campbell
@smallbiztrends – a former corporate attorney and General Counsel, she is the Founder and publisher of Small Business Trends. She has a varied background in banking, information technology, human resources, marketing and eCommerce. She is the co-author of “Visual Marketing: 99 Proven Ways for Small Businesses to Market with Images and Design.” She has 130,404 followers.

Barbara Corcoran
@BarbaraCorcoran – as one of the “Sharks” on ABC’s hit TV show, SHARK TANK, Barbara has ponied up her own money and invested in twenty-two businesses, competing to make those deals for all to see, then shepherding them to success.She is the author of, “Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business.” She has 371,000 followers.

Darnyelle A. Jervey
@darnyellejervey – an internationally recognized talent optimization expert, certified executive coach, certified personal branding strategist, professional speaker and facilitator. She is the CEO of Incredible One Enterprises, LLC. She is the author of “The Incredible You.” She has 10,400 followers.

Eve Mayer
@LinkedInQueen -ranked by Forbes as the 7th Most Influential Woman in Social Media. She is the CEO of Social Media Delivered, a social media company serving clients with consulting, training and outsourced social media. She is author of “The Social Media Business Equation.” She has 101,258 followers.

Fabienne Fredrickson
@fabienne – founder of The Client Attraction Business School, ClientAttraction.com, and ranked by Inc. magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. She is the author of “Embrace Your Magnificence: Get Out of Your Own Way and Live a Richer, Fuller, More Abundant Life.” She has 94,935 followers.

Jacqueline Burgoa
@JackieBiz – CEO of iPivot, a DONE-FOR-YOU Online Vertical Market & B2B Marketing Digital Agency. Her other company Marques.so, specializes in Inbound Marketing & Affordable Web Design for Small Companies and Local Businesses. She has 11,600 followers

Joy Chudacoff
@JoyChudacoff – the leader in business lifestyle design for women. She specializes in guiding already successful businesswomen from where they are to where they want to be. She is the author of “What’s Next?: The 7 Steps to Discover Your Big Idea & Create a Wildly Successful Business.” She has 3,405 followers.

Lara Galloway
@mombizcoach - a certified coach, entrepreneur, sought- after speaker, and frequent media guest. She helps mom entrepreneurs grow their businesses and tweets about small business tips and resources. She is the co-author of “Moms Mean Business: A Guide to Creating a Successful Business and Happy Life.” She has 9,167 followers.

Lea Woodward
@leawoodward – a Business Strategist and Implementation Specialist who with game-changers and people with a BIG vision who are ready to get over themselves and bring this vision to life. She is the author of “Rare Traits: The Rare Traits Trilogy Book I.” She has 13,900 followers.

Lena West
@lenawest – the leading expert on how women entrepreneurs can monetize social media. She is also the Founder of InfluenceExpansion.com, the home of the Influence Expansion Academy, the only social media mastermind program created specifically for women entrepreneurs. She has 6,357 followers.

Liz Strauss
@lizstrauss – CEO of GeniusShared, a company that provides a range of products and experiences designed especially for today’s business builders. She was named on Top 10 Influencer Alive List by the Huffington Post and made two Forbes lists. She has 127,342 followers.

Mari Smith
@MariSmith – one of the world’s leading social media thought leaders with deep expertise in Facebook marketing. She is often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook.” She is a Forbes’ Top Social Media Power Influencer. She is author of “The New Relationship Marketing and coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day.” She has 390,982 followers.

Melinda F. Emerson
@SmallBizLady – She is America’s #1 Small Business Expert. She has been a thriving entrepreneur for nearly 15 years and is an internationally known keynote speaker. She is the author of “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months.” She has 317,439 followers.

Nancy F. Clark
@NancyFClark – she is a Forbes partner and an expert in developing programs to help women enjoy a fulfilling career. A respected authority for 15 years, Nancy has been the featured speaker at the Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, as well as major corporations and universities. She has 10,500 followers.

Natalie MacNeil
@nataliemacneil – the founder of She Takes on the World, an Emmy-award winning media producer and a contributor to the Huffington Post and Forbes. She shares her business tips for women across the globe. She is the author of “She Takes on World: A Guide to Being Your Own Boss, Working Happy, and Living on Purpose.” She has 24,500 followers.

Sarah Prevette
@SarahPrevette – a serial entrepreneur, she was the founder of well-known online properties Sprouter and BetaKit (acquired) and the co-founder of BrandProject LP – an investment firm that invests in and works with early-stage startups. She launched Future Design School to empower all individuals to be creators and help turn great ideas into meaningful innovation. She has 20,400 followers.

Simone Brummelhuis
@thenextwomen – founder of The Next Women, providing access to capital, programs, resources and networks for female entrepreneurs and founding investor of The Next Women Crowd Fund. She is frequently asked to be the expert, judge, mentor or speaker on conferences, business plan competitions & awards. She has 36,500 followers.

Tai Goodwin
@TaiGoodwin – a business growth strategist for coaches, consultants, and speakers. She specialize in creating online courses, infoproducts and coaching programs. She is the author of “Girlfriend, It’s Your Time! Reclaim Your Brilliance and Step Into Your Purpose.” She has 14,361 followers.

Dr. Venus Opal Reese
@Dr_VenusOReese – from the streets to Stanford Ph.D to a 7-Figure sister. She is an inspirational speaker, black women millionaire mentor who has raised 7million in 5yrs for her clients. She was recently featured in Ebony magazine, as one of 4 black millionaires who turned their passion into profit. She has 10,830 followers.

These are just a few of so many more women that are doing great things in their respective businesses.

Who do you know that should be on this list?

If Buddha Was an Entrepreneur: Buddhist Values in Business

Compete or converge?

Spiritual leaders are often asked about the place of spiritual practice in business. How can we maintain our competitive edge, if we also wish to develop our spiritual practice of loving kindness and compassion for others’ suffering? Surely these two human qualities sit uncomfortably together?

I explored this questions with the Dalai Lama when I met him in Christchurch in 2013. He said that when we are young, we have a clear awareness of basic values like trust and warm-heartedness, but in the competitive world in which we live we tend to neglect them as we grow up. His primary message was that we must develop inner values, rather than worry about material wealth.

In our world economy, many jobs are in danger of extinction according to future sleuths and culture critics. It’s true, the digital revolution is changing the workforce, and jobs are disappearing. But the digital revolution offers many opportunities for anyone looking for a new venture. Becoming a leading expert online is made possible and more easily accessible because the internet offers the infinite scope and technological leverage to engage in broad reaching social networks. But it also opens the door on opportunistic get-rich-quick schemes playing on fear and greed.

In my own coaching business, success eluded me while I remained focused primarily on the financial outcome. I was helping others, but I was still attached to the benefits coming my way. Once I started to create goals based solely on how I could benefit others, everything changed. Thinking of others’ success before my own was the turning point for me.

The new business paradigm versus the old

There are different ways of thinking about how Buddhist values, such as loving kindness and compassion, can play out in business interactions. They can certainly enhance ways of operating within an old business paradigm characterized by the one-way flow of information, and the withholding of knowledge from competitors. Here, while these timeless values may enhance relations between competitors, and between employers and employees, the old structures remain.

In all our major universities the old model of doing business is still being taught on hundreds of MBA programmes. Since childhood we have learned to compete, to take first and think about giving in return later. It takes courage to step out of the traditional business model. But pretty soon, we may all be forced to.

A new wave of understanding, is emerging about the very purpose of business itself. The new progressive model is about a two-way flow of information, and sharing knowledge with everyone, including one’s competitors. The new progressive model aligns with the ageless wisdom that all beings are interdependent, and looking out for number one is no longer relevant and also counterproductive.

As the foundation for engaging in business practice, the new blueprint, forged by the very nature of online social networks, has so many repercussion beyond the place of work, feeding out into the realm of personal relationships, and enriching people’s perceptions of themselves and their place in the world.

Conscious entrepreneurship

Conscious entrepreneurs are creating businesses that express their spiritual purpose and empower everyone involved, including their staff and customers. They have proven it’s possible to build successful online businesses on principles of self-actualization, valuing your customers’ wellbeing first, and adhering to other timeless Buddhist principles, such as the Six Perfections of generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiastic perseverance, concentration and wisdom.

Learning how to market with your heart, not with your bank balance in mind, shifting your wealth mindset, and creating educational products that reflect your higher purpose is possible by applying loving kindness to all. And understanding the interdependent nature of all human interactions, whether social or personal, creates a better foundation if you wish to create an enlightened business.

Created by a fusion of spiritual wisdom and conscious entrepreneurship, these new models allow and support others to reach their potential, while also allowing for growth and expansion of one’s own services and knowledge.

The Six Perfections & Transformational Leadership

The Six Perfections are one of the core teachings of the Buddha. They refer to six virtues that lead to enlightenment, if practiced conscientiously. Practicing the first three of the Six Perfections provides a framework, I believe, for transformational leadership in business.

1. Generosity

The first of the Six Perfections is generosity. This doesn’t simply mean giving time and gifts to others in the conventional sense. It means thinking about your customers’ wellbeing, health and financial success before your own profits, and this takes practice and courage. This shift can be the greatest hurdle in business because we are conditioned by our culture to believe that we only receive what we need if we actively take it. Another way is by allowing and trusting that it will come via the two-way flow of generosity and kindness.

2. Ethics

The second is ethics. In Buddhist practice, this encompasses compassion (being motivated to serve others regardless of their feeling towards you) and acting in accordance with the laws of karma. So, for example, treating your customers as you would wish to be treated yourself will help build trusting relationships and motivate your customers to return to you. This is particularly relevant when providing coaching and educational services via the internet. There is so much free information on the net, your customers will choose the expert they trust most.

3. Patience

Then there is patience. Patience is a valuable and rare quality in our get-rich-quick culture driven by the desire to be rewarded with pleasurable results with little effort. Building a solid online business is a long-term prospect, and if you get it right, it will serve you well into retirement age. Patience is the ability to listen in each moment to the melody of now, despite its inevitable hurdles and set-backs, without becoming disillusioned about the future goal.

Together, generosity, ethics and patience transport us from a place of attachment, to one of commitment. If we are attached to an outcome, we can easily be disheartened and give up at the first hurdle. With commitment, we can remain balanced and positive in the face of obstacles.

Developing the conscious awareness to act on these principles is what will lead to unimaginable success in an online business based firmly on the paradigm of giving, serving others and aiming to make the business of earning a living a more connected and compassionate enterprise.

Learning to incorporate these skills into your business practice will also enhance your ability to deal with challenges in relationships, in creative projects, and in your health and wellbeing. They are lifelong skills that will bring rewards far greater than the rewards of competing, controlling or attaching to outcomes.

The Top Online Home Business Opportunity – Find Out What It Is!

Discover what is deemed to be the top online home business opportunity and how you can get your own! In reality the best job you can probably apply for online is one that is already within your field of expertise and interest. When you do this, success will certainly be easier.

But today, there is one career online that stands head and shoulders above the rest. People seem to just effortlessly flow to the sites with these kind of businesses. This is the reason why it is dubbed as the top online home business opportunity of the decade.

Electronic Books – reports say that the demand for these is increasing quite rapidly nowadays. Todays generation including adults are buying more e-books every day. One avid buyer said:

“E-books are just like comfort foods, they give me satisfaction.”

Why are E-books popular and why are they considered as the top online business opportunity?

The first reason for this is that in this very competitive world, information must be fast and immediate. Going to a physical library to search for needed information will take much more of your time. If you want to excel in whatever career you have, you need to know about the job you are in and what better way to find out more about the information you require than to download it to your personal hand held device or PC instantly.

If you are a student who wants to know more about a particular subject then visiting a virtual library will be far more convenient than going to a physical library. The physical library – it sometimes takes forever to find the book you need. You have to pass through the librarian and so many other assistant librarians.

E-books are a great help. Whatever your queries are, they will be answered immediately. So why e-books – Information is fast, immediate and easy.

The second reason would be guidance and assistance. Let us take for example, if you are a pre-school teacher and you ran out of ideas on how to engage your children then strategies and ways to do so can be found in e-books.

If you are a party organizer then you could search for new ideas for your organization.

The third reason would be entertainment. When you read books, you are entertained. With this busy world, everyone wants fast entertainment. That is why they download e-books.

These are only three of the many reasons why the e-book is one of the top online home business opportunities. So if you want to have success in your online business, try this one. It is not difficult to make a book. The first time would probably be challenging but it will be worth it.

The E-book business does not stop when you have finished your book, you have to promote it and sell it to an online retailer. After all these, your book will be available and seen worldwide.

E-book – the top online home business opportunity has strategies so selling will be fast and easy. The techniques are available online. You just have to ask Mr. Google and he’ll provide all the answers for you.

So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of the top online home business opportunity now.