Home-Based Bakery Business Review

Home-Based Bakery Business Review

“Do the best you can with what you’ve got, then don’t worry about it.” –Ivan Hall



Kristen Goins had a dream to create a home based business. She wanted to operate a bakery and named it, “Cupcake and Gourmet Treats by Kristen.” Since starting a bakery from a shop is expensive, she elected to bake treats from her home kitchen. She focused on marketing and getting the word out about her business.

This was reported on the Clarion Online in April 2016. I covered this on my blog here:

Kristen moved forward and developed her crucial strategy to sell treats: Free Delivery. She gave away samples of her products to nearby office parks and college dorms. She created “Care Packages” for parents wanting to send a gift to their college students.

Kristen also used social media to get the word out. She uses Facebook to hold contests to give away free treats to attract new customers and keep her existing clients. It worked. She is very busy.

This is an example of a creative way to develop a business from home. What do you think? Leave a comment below and share your ideas. Don’t forget to click the “like” button and share this video with your friends.

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How to Develop a Social Media Profile That Sparkles

How to Develop a Social Media Profile That Sparkles

Why is it important to develop a Social Media Profile?

Social media is an important part of internet connectivity with your audience. Without a profile, people do not know who your are or why they should trust you.

  1.  First Impressions Matter.
  2. Think about who you are and what you represent.
  3. Show your qualifications and credentials.
  4. This is the only place where you can “toot your horn.”
  5. The profile is very much like a resume.
  6. Communicate benefits you offer to your audience.

Here is a good book on Social Media that explains how to develop a good profile.

Key Resource: “Social Media: Master Social Media Marketing on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more, by Grant Kennedy. Click here for the book.




Q & A: How to Hear Better in Noise

Q & A: How to Hear Better in Noise

Tips to Hear Better in Noise


Samsung Sound Bar Model HW-D360 2.1 Channel 130 Watts


If model is not available, here is the page listing the latest Samsung Sound Bar: 

Question: I cannot hear conversations in a movie or TV show because the music drowns out the speech. What can I do?

Answer: I have the same problem and it is frustrating to see people talking and only hear the music or the background traffic noise.


I discovered that the Samsung Sound Bar has the ability to enhance the speech from the background noise. It has a computer program that increases the speech signal over the background music and noise. It is also good for music and stadium sound effects. But I use the “talk” program that makes the speech louder than the background noise. Above is the Samsung Sound Bar model and a link to Amazon.com to learn more about it. If the model is not available, I have the link to the Samsung Sound Bar page.


It works for me. I hope this will help you. My friend just wrote that it is really a pleasure to watch movies on TV again.


Question: How do I hear in noise with a severe hearing loss?

Answer: I have the same problem. I used to use a Phonak Handimic fifteen years ago, but when I got the Cochlear Implant, I lost that ability to use it. I went to HearUSA and worked with Dr. Rosier to solve my problem. I am blind and cannot read lips any more. Parties are too dark for me to see. I feel very alone.


She found that Phonak doesn’t make a receiver for my brand of Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant. But they do have the MicroLink. It is a FM receiver equipped with an induction loop. I wear it around my neck and turn on the “T” or Telephone switch and hear through the induction loop. See video for a demonstration.


Then I have a Rogers Pen. The name came from the term “Roger That.” It is the size of a pen. The computer in the pen determines the noise and how to raise the speech signal greater than the noise. It increases the signal-to-noise ratio to enhance the speech. When the pen is aimed at the person, it narrows the beam to pick up their speech.


When the pen is flat, it becomes omnidirectional picking up sounds in a 20-foot radius. I can put the pen on the other end of a long conference table and hear the speaker at that end. I wish it had been available for my board meetings at Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center.


When noise is present, the microphone reduces the radius to ten feet, suitable for a table of four. It adds the signal to noise ratio and I can hear conversations in a restaurant. Now, I enjoy having a conversation at parties and restaurants.


The Rogers Pen and Phonak MicroLink are available at your Phonak supplier. You can go see Dr. Danielle Rosier at HearUSA at Sumter Landing, here in The Villages, Florida. She can help you, as she helped me.


Question: Should I Wear a Hearing Aid to Prevent my Hearing from Getting Worse?

Answer: Did that salesperson say that with a straight face?

No. Hearing Aids makes sounds louder not prevent from losing more hearing. Not wearing a hearing aid will not cause greater hearing loss.


Advances in hearing aid technology are wonderful and I will cover that in future blogs.


I hope this will help you overcome difficulty with hearing in noise. I know it will help you to develop a home-based business when you are retired.


This is Bill Hall, reporting to you from www.HomeBizforRetirees.com.


Forward! Thanks for watching.



How to Detect Scams When Considering a Home Based Business

How to Detect Scams When Considering a Home Based Business

Watch Out For Scams! How to Detect Them Now

Hi Everybody!

It is a topic that concerns us because we fit the profile for predators seeking to cheat us out of our money. Retirees, elderly, under-employed, and people forced into early retirement are all seeking to find ways to make money from home. Unfortunately, that makes us a ripe target for scammers.

  • How can we protect ourselves?


  • How can we detect scammers?


  • When should we become suspicious that we are being conned?


I did a video on this subject. I hope it will help you as you search for a good opportunity on the Information Highway.


Let me know if this video was helpful to you. Use the comment section below and give me some feedback. I want to provide useful information for you and this will help me to improve my presentations.

Why a Free Website Hosting Service is Not the Best Option for Your Home Business Website

Why a Free Website Hosting Service is Not the Best Option for Your Home Business Website

Why Free is Not the Best Option for Website Hosting

Hi Everybody!

I am starting a new series using videos. I am told this is a “Vlog,” a video blog. I am taking a course on setting up a video blog and posting them to this website. It is a challenge, but I am enjoying this new (to me anyway) medium to communicate my thoughts to you. I hope you will find it interesting.



What do you think? Leave a comment below and give me some feedback. I look for ward to your input!


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