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3-Step Quick-Start

Business Idea Guide

Use your talent, experience, and perspective to consider what life as an online business owner can look like for you. Learn how to explore business ideas that leverage your gifts because that’s where your power lies.

Banish Fear  ~  Honor Your Life Experience  ~  Build Your Empire

Time Is Ticking, Can You Hear It?

It seems to get louder the older we get.

How are you making the most of it?

You’re feeling the pull to do something meaningful with the rest of your life, but there’s so much you don’t know. It feels like it’ll take forever to get up to speed, so why try? You struggle to push down your dreams only to have them pop back up like annoying internet ads.

You’re thinking:

  • I know I need to do something different in my life, but I don’t know what it is.
  • I've had the same job for decades. I don't want to keep doing that, but I'm too old to start over.
  • I would need to hire an attorney and a CPA to start a business, and I don’t have the money for that.
  • I don’t know where to start.

You’re frustrated by the overwhelming amount of information out there about starting a business. You’re equally frustrated, knowing that you have so much to give and not being able to figure out how to make a difference. 

The worst part is that nothing seems to fit, and that leaves you wondering what’s wrong with you.

Know this: There is nothing wrong with you! Most people teach business for twenty-somethings, the young adults just starting out. That model doesn’t fit a powerful woman with a lifetime of experience. Here at Encore Empire, you don’t have to feel like a square peg being forced into a round hole.

What If Building A Business Could Naturally Evolve Out Of Your Life Story?

Life has given you exactly what you need. Your answers are there; you just can’t see them yet. 

Our minds have a way of turning thoughts into a whirlwind, a tornado, if you will. The overwhelm created by that thought tornado is enough to stop anyone in their tracks. The trick is to focus on one simple step at a time.

  • How would it feel to be excited about living every day in your purpose?
  • How incredible would it feel to turn your experience into an online business that gives you the freedom to work from anywhere and the money to travel?
  • How would it change your family’s dynamic by creating a legacy for future generations?

What If You Could Focus On What You Love Before Working On The Nuts And Bolts Of Building A Business?

Better Yet, What If That Approach Works Because It Sparks Delight Instead of Overwhelm?

Here’s the truth: Filing a business license application, forming a business entity, setting up a business bank account, and deciding on-brand colors and a logo DO NOT mean you have a business! 

For a business to be real, it needs to provide a solution to a problem that people want and will pay for.


Everything else should be ignored until you’ve nailed this piece down. The good news is this is the fun part! It’s like having dessert first!

You can create the life of your dreams by building a business that allows you to live with purpose and passion. 

At Encore Empire, you’ll receive the guidance and support that you need so you’ll know what steps to take and when to take them. When you partner with us for your success, your thoughts will go from confusion and overwhelm to intentional and clear. 

We teach you how to be strategic with your time and energy so that you’re not spinning in circles while making zero progress. We guide you through the maze of building your business by cutting through the noise, focusing on the foundational first steps, and teaching best practices that stand the test of time and can be used over and over again to make sure your investment counts. We offer a world-class, streamlined business start-up education so you can achieve world-class results quickly and confidently. 

Our Mission

Encore Empire was founded to rise up as a virtual community of forward-thinking women who embrace the attitude of agelessness; unstoppable women who understand they can leverage their life experience to create freedom through entrepreneurship.

Our mission is to bring online entrepreneurship to the everyday woman in a fun, concise way that removes overwhelm. Through Encore Empire, you’ll develop a “true-to-you” foundational business strategy that not only grants you the opportunity to stake your entrepreneurial claim but consists of foundational, evergreen principles that stand the test of time. 

Founded by Deirdre Harter, licensed CPA, and Carmen Reed-Gilkison, certified Whole Person Coach, the education and frameworks we provide are backed by decades of proven business and life success that we’ve distilled into a dynamic proprietary system.

Learn more about us here. 

Join the Empire of Unstoppable Women Starting or Growing Their Business

The Encore Empire Process


Business Idea Development & Support

You know you have valuable experience that you should be able to leverage. You desperately want to use your skills and knowledge to make a difference in the world but you have no idea what you want to do, or how to make your skill set work for you. 

Transforming your experience into a business idea isn't straight-forward! There are many twists, turns, and decisions that you will encounter. We help guide you with our free 3-Step Quick-Start Business Idea Guide. 

After going through this guide you'll be ready to attend the Validate Your Business Idea Workshop.

 Grab your copy below.


Validate Your Business Idea Workshops

There’s nothing more deflating than pouring your soul into a product or service only to have it launch to crickets. Failing to sell a product or service because it wasn’t pre-validated is one of the most common early entrepreneurship pitfalls. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Validate Your Business Idea Workshops are free 5-day workshops that are held regularly.

If you want to get a head start, we recommend you join the Empire of Unstoppable Women Facebook Group and download the 3-Step Quick-Start Business Idea Guide. 

See you in the workshop!


Profitable Business Launchpad 

Our signature program, The Profitable Business Launchpad, is a comprehensive business-building incubator. 

Acceptance into this program is contingent upon having completed the 3-Step Business Idea Guide AND the Validate Your Business Idea Workshop.

You'll have access to Carmen and Deirdre every single day! That's our promise to you. We  work along side you to facilitate developing and finalizing your first product or service to get you ready to launch your dream out into the world. 

We act as your behind-the-scenes support system as we guide you through the process of growth.

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