Elder Care: Executing on First Mover Advantage with Paige Wilson

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Ep 20: Elder Care: Executing on First Mover Advantage with Paige Wilson

By Cannon Carr | Published On: January 8, 2024
Hear about the secrets to sustaining a first mover advantage with Paige Wilson, a former finance executive turned entrepreneur. Paige shares the journey of creating Naborforce, a groundbreaking business addressing the void in caregiver support. In this episode, she shares the mindset that fueled her entrepreneurial path and the challenges of marketing in uncharted territory.

Explore the strategies she used to bring her idea to life, scale it successfully, and execute well in what she terms “white space” – that undiscovered terrain in the market. Learn how she strategically timed her venture and hear the compelling story of Naborforce’s emergence.


What You’ll Learn:

  • How Paige started the business.
  • If she knew she was going to be an entrepreneur.
  • How she scaled the business.
  • Why you shouldn’t let age stop you from creating a business.
  • If there were any moments of doubt.
  • Why failure wasn’t an option.
  • The importance of knowing your why.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

  • “Building a business as an entrepreneur is a lot more than just having a good idea.” – Paige Wilson
  • “The entrepreneurial path is not straight.” – Paige Wilson
  • “Fail quickly, learn and move on.” – Paige Wilson

Resources:

  • Paige Wilson: LinkedIn
  • Cannon Carr: LinkedIn
  • CornerCap

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Warm Weather Activities for Seniors

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Aging in Place 3015 West Moore Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23230

Nabors Helping Older Neighbors Naborforce is a new service that is bridging the gap between full independence and home/companion care by providing light support for older adults who just need a friendly hand from time to time. We connect our clients to a network of Nabors for social engagement and on-demand support for errands, transportation and help around the home. Its who to call for help with all those little things that keep your parents or you independent and happy. Whether youre busy balancing your career, raising kids, live out of town or just need a little support, let Naborforce provide a backup son or daughter on-demand. Our goal is to promote productive, connected, and joyous aging and living. We are the perfect solution for active, independent older adults who dont need a caregiver yet. For older adults or families seeking licensed care, companion or home care is the right alternative.A Little Help Can Make a Big Difference Naborforce is on-call for the things that family or neighbors might help with if they were available. We all know that in this frantic, modern world, communities and neighborhoods have become more decentralized. Through our platform, Naborforce makes it simple to connect you or our loved ones to vetted folks right in your community. A short visit from a Nabor can make a world of difference. Our technology platform gives you quick and simple access to our corp of Nabors who are vetted and ready.  Sign up and schedule visits online, or just give us a call. No cumbersome paperwork, no extensive consultations.  And, if one hour is all you need, thats ok with us. Add family members to your profile and we will send them an update or photo from our visit.  It could be sharing notes after a visit or maybe its a photo after a visit to the hair salon!Your Dallas - Fort Worth Naborforce team is ready to assist with of your help at home needs!PLEASE NOTE: Naborforce DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL CARE. We do not assist with bathing, feeding, dressing or toileting. Additionally, we do not provide medication management, wound care, safe transfers, or any other regulated activities. Should you need that level of care, please contact a home care agency.