Archive for January, 2017

Restrictions on Sale of Electricity by Kozloduy NPP, Maritsa Iztok, NEK Lifted

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The restrictions on the quantities of electricity which state enterprises Kozloduy NPP, Maritsa Iztok 2 and National Electricity Company (NEK) may sell on the Bulgarian Energy Exchange have been lifted.

At the beginning of January, due to record-high consumption and in order to guarantee that there will be electricity for consumers, the quantities which these companies could sell on the energy exchange were reduced by half.

Electricity traders complained then that they are losing BGN 2 M per day.


Exxon says it can double output in Permian Basin

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Oil company voices confidence in outlook for North American shale production

50 Small Business Ideas for Infopreneurs

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

50 Small Business Ideas for Infopreneurs

Infopreneurs are business owners who make money by selling information. Of course, information can come in many different forms. So there are plenty of different business ideas out there for those who want to make a living by selling their expertise. Here are 50 different business ideas for infopreneurs.

Business Ideas for Infopreneurs

Traditional Author

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If you want to share information, writing a book can be a great way to pack a lot into a single product.

eBook Author

But you don’t have to go through a traditional publisher anymore. You can easily publish your own books online now and sell them as ebooks.

Expert Blogger

You can also start your own blog on a subject where you have a lot of expertise.

Niche Blogger

Or you can start a blog in a very specific niche and share information and commentary about just that specific subject.

Guest Blogger

If you’re well known in a specific niche or industry, you can also earn an income by offering your services as a guest blogger for other sites.


Podcasting is a great way to share information and expertise in an audio format.

Newsletter Writer

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Or you can share your expertise with subscribers via an email newsletter.

Affiliate Marketer

Whether you have a blog, podcast, newsletter or other online venue, you can build a business by working with brands as an affiliate marketer that drives traffic to related websites.

YouTube Personality

You can also create your own YouTube channel or online videos where you share information and make money via advertising.

Public Speaker

If you prefer to share your expertise in person, you can make public speaking appearances at relevant events.

Niche Website Operator

You can also start a website in a specific niche and share information in formats other than traditional blog posts or podcasts.

Membership Site Owner

Or you can build a website and charge a membership fee for those who want to access specific parts of the site or receive other benefits like bonus content via email.

Social Media Influencer

You can also share your expertise or information via social media and build up your reputation as a social media influencer.

Social Media Manager

Though it’s also a service-based business, you can share your expertise through those services by working with businesses to manage their social media accounts.

Online Course Creator

For those who want to teach a specific skill or craft, you can create your own online courses and sell them to relevant customers.

Workbook Seller

Or you can create workbooks, worksheets or other informational downloads and sell them via a blog or website.

How-to Guide Creator

How-to guides can be another great way to share specific pieces of information. You can create your own and then sell them online or even make hard copies.

Magazine Publisher

Traditional print publications might not be as popular as they used to be. But you can still create your own magazines or similar publications and sell them to consumers.

Newspaper Publisher

Likewise, you can create a local or niche newspaper to sell information to consumers.

Freelance Blogger

Freelancing is another great way to sell your expertise in a specific subject. You can write for other websites or publications as a way to earn an income.

Ghost Blogger

Or you could create articles or blog posts and sell them to websites for them to publish under their own names.


Copywriters can specialize in a variety of different content formats. You can build your own business writing anything from advertisements to product descriptions.


Or you could work with clients on a more personal level as a coach in a specific field or niche, either in person or online.


Consultants are similar to coaches, but can help people or businesses deal with more specific issues.

Forum Moderator

If you want to build an info business online, you can create an online forum where you and members of your community can share information.

Community Leader

Or you can start a community based business either in person or online and make money through events or membership.

Directory Site Operator

You can also create a website specifically to list a specific type of information. You can then charge businesses or individuals to be listed on your site.

Industry Thought Leader

If you’re able to build expertise in a specific industry, you can come to be known as a thought leader and earn an income through anything from training sessions to speaking engagements.

Printables Seller

There are a variety of different printable products you can sell online through downloads, from in-depth guides to simple informational posters.

Webinar Host

Webinars are quick online informational events where you can share your expertise with a wide audience over video.

Workshop Host

Or you could host in-person workshops and charge an admission fee to interested consumers.


If you want to share your expertise on a one-on-one level, you can start a business as a tutor specializing in a particular subject.

Class Instructor

Or you can start a larger class teaching anything from dance to SAT-prep.

Conference Organizer

If you want to share information via conferences or events, you can start your own and then make sure you have great speakers and info for your attendees.

Mobile App Seller

Mobile apps can also help you share information with mobile consumers. You can develop your own and then sell it or make money via in-app purchases or ads.

Financial Advisor

If you’re knowledgeable about finances, you can serve as an advisor for individuals or businesses to share your expertise in exchange for a fee.


You can also sell information in the form of research on specific subjects requested by your clients.


Editors might not always share their own personal expertise in their work. But they can add helpful insights for writers in a variety of different formats.

Professional Trainer

If you work in an industry that requires a specific form of training, you can build a business by offering that specific training to businesses that want to outsource that part of their business.

E-Library Creator

You can also collect information from various sources and create your own e-library as a way to make finding information easier for people.

Business Plan Service Operator

For business experts, you can offer your services as a business plan writer or consultant as a way to share your expertise with new entrepreneurs.

Marketing Service Operator

You can also provide content marketing and other marketing informational products or services to businesses.

Press Release Service Operator

Or you can provide a service where you write press releases for businesses to share their information with media outlets and more.

Brochure Creator

You can also create brochures and other smaller form informational content for business clients.

Direct Mail Creator

Or you could start a service where you write or create direct mail campaigns to share information about businesses or causes.


If you know more than one language, you can also help to translate informational documents and other materials.

Short Story Writer

Writers who don’t want to write full length books or short blog posts could also potentially build a business by writing and selling short stories.

Personal Trainer

For fitness minded entrepreneurs who want to share expertise with individual clients, personal training can be a great business idea.

Fitness Instructor

Or you could hold larger classes where you share your expertise with multiple people at once.

Meal Planning Service Provider

If your expertise lies more in the realm of dieting, you can also create and sell meal plans for clients who need help coming up with a personalized plan.

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This article, “50 Small Business Ideas for Infopreneurs” was first published on Small Business Trends


Shell/Chrysaor: exit fees

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Cutting exposure to the North Sea is proving expensive

Restrictions on Sale of Electricity by Kozloduy NPP, Maritsa Iztok, NEK Lifted

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The restrictions on the quantities of electricity which state enterprises Kozloduy NPP, Maritsa Iztok 2 and National Electricity Company (NEK) may sell on the Bulgarian Energy Exchange have been lifted.

At the beginning of January, due to record-high consumption and in order to guarantee that there will be electricity for consumers, the quantities which these companies could sell on the energy exchange were reduced by half.

Electricity traders complained then that they are losing BGN 2 M per day.


Shell to market North Sea crude and gas in Chrysaor deal

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Energy group retains access to one of the world’s most important pricing hubs

Austria Mulls Ban on Burkas

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Austria is planning to introduce a ban on burkas. The full covering of the face will now be illegal at public places like state and municipal institutions, reported Nova TV.

The ban will be in force not only for burkas but also for niqabs which leave a slit for the eyes.

Garments which cover the entire body but not the face will not be banned.

According to the persons who submitted the proposal, this is being done for security reasons but Austrian media note that there is political significance as well – traditional parties want to appeal to the growing electorate of right-wing and anti-migrant parties.


Romania’s Socialists Leader Charged With Abuse of Office

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The leader of the ruling Romanian Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea has been brought to court on charges of abuse of office.

This case is based on false evidence,“ stated Dragnea to reporters on leaving the court room.

The case against him was postponed for February 14.

The new charges against 54-year old Dragnea date back to the time when he was chairman of the regional council in the Romanian county of Teleorman in the period 2006 – 2012.

Last year, the politician received his first sentence for electoral fraud in 2012.

In December, PSD won the parliamentary elections in the country but President Klaus Iohannis refused to give Dragnea a mandate because of his criminal past.

Instead, Iohannis nominated Sorin Grindeanu as Prime Minister on December 30.


How to Win Business with Click-To-Call

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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Click-to-call for mobile devices is booming and is expected to skyrocket in coming years. How can you get a piece of this action as a small business owner?

With all the ways we have to connect with one another today, it may surprise you to learn the phone is still the preferred method for customers to interact with businesses. In fact, a recent study by Invoca shows companies big and small are seeing an explosion of inbound calls. Why? One big reason is the tremendous growth of click-to-call, the ability to dial a business directly from a mobile search.

Click-to-call is booming, and the already staggering number of calls to businesses from mobile devices is expected to skyrocket in coming years: a predicted 162 billion calls will be made to businesses from smartphones by 2020.

So how do you get a piece of this click-to-call action as a small business owner? By making it easy to call your company, understanding what mobile callers want, and creating a consistently positive phone experience. In this article, we’ll explore ways to do all three.

Driving Mobile Traffic to Your Business Number

In mere seconds, smartphone users can search for and connect with companies that meet their needs — great news for businesses that are ready to pick up the phone and to deliver. Calls initiated by smartphone users are especially valuable to growing companies, because they allow for personal connection other channels can’t provide. A one-on-one conversation with a prospective customer is a unique opportunity to clearly communicate the value of your service, and a chance to build rapport and trust.

There are lots of ways to make your telephone number stand out to mobile customers:

  • Start by making your number clickable and prominent on your website. Be sure to include your number in your website’s header, footer, contact page, and any calls to action.
  • Consider adding a “Click to Call” button on your homepage.
  • Limit the need for scrolling by making sure your number appears near the top of your homepage.
  • Ensure your Google business information is up-to-date and a phone number is visible. For more information on claiming your business and managing your listing, check out Google’s support page.
  • In addition to having your phone number listed, a simple line of code is all it takes to make your number clickable from a mobile phone: <a href=“tel:1-847-555-5555”>1-847-555-5555</a>

Understanding the Mobile Audience

According to Invoca, smartphone users typically reach out for three reasons:

  • To get a quick answer. Scrolling through your website or FAQ page doesn’t appeal to mobile users. They’re looking to click, call and get to the bottom of things quickly (e.g. service, pricing, hours, etc.)
  • To express a concern. When mobile users are concerned about something, they’re not interested in sending an email or submitting a form online — they want to speak with a live person who can help.
  • To get expert advice. What better way to learn a topic than to chat with someone who knows that topic through and through? Mobile users look to the pros when seeking guidance. That’s you!

In other words, the click-to-call crowd needs help, and they want it right away.

Creating a Standout Experience for Mobile Callers

Winning over the mobile crowd takes more than a clickable number. In fact, without a friendly, helpful person to answer, an influx of calls could harm your business. Mobile users value excellent service, and don’t want to waste time waiting around for it. One in five calls from mobile phones are abandoned — likely due to common offenders like long hold times or reaching an automated system instead of a live person — and callers are more likely to hang up on a local business than a call center. Furthermore, dissatisfied callers aren’t afraid to share their feedback. Not only did 74 percent of those polled by Invoca say they are likely to choose another business after a negative phone experience, 70 percent said they are likely to complain to friends or family, 30 percent are likely to leave a bad review, and 24 percent are likely to complain on social media. Yikes!

In order to reap the substantial rewards click-to-call has to offer, small businesses need the customer experience infrastructure to support it. Before overhauling your website or your marketing plan to better feature click-to-call, it can be helpful to take a look at your phone service strategy. Maximizing on these three elements can help ensure a positive caller experience:

  • An inviting introduction. Responsiveness inspires trust. Live answering during business hours is key — if callers reach voicemail or an automated system, they’re likely to move on to the next company in their mobile search. Aim to answer with your custom greeting within the first few rings, and be sure your tone of voice says “I’m excited you called!” Pro tip: smiling is a surefire way to achieve a warm, friendly tone.
  • A game plan. Mobile callers may do little or no research on your business before calling, so be sure anyone who is answering your phone is prepared with helpful answers to common questions. It’s not uncommon for callers to ask to speak with a particular department — like sales, support, or billing — so it’s best to equip your phone answering team with a game plan outlining how to handle or route certain types of calls. Above all, show your dedication to providing great service, and train your phone team to avoid dead-end phrases like “I don’t know.” First impressions are critical!
  • Reliably superior service. It’s not easy to consistently impress new and returning customers over the phone — especially for small businesses — but it’s possible with the right team. And if you haven’t found your phone dream team yet, a virtual receptionist service like Ruby® Receptionists can help ensure every caller gets the royal treatment, even when you’re too swamped to pick up the phone — giving you the peace of mind to focus on other things.

Lifelong customers are built on meaningful connections, and the click-to-call boom presents a profound opportunity for small businesses to create those connections. Mobile callers are looking for the same thing all callers are seeking: a live, friendly voice ready to help — and if your company is ready to answer the call, you’re in luck.

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This article, “How to Win Business with Click-To-Call” was first published on Small Business Trends


Shell’s North Sea sale boosts optimism over smaller operators

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Deal for $3.8bn raises hopes industry is not entering twilight years