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Small Business

Are you thinking of starting a small business in your 60s? It’s not as unusual an idea as you might think. In fact, older entrepreneurs are becoming increasingly common. We’ll take you step-by-step through the process of building your profitable business.

Starting a Side Business is Like Baking a Cake: Your Passions Are the Ingredients, But, You Still Need a Recipe
2 months ago

Starting a Side Business is Like Baking a Cake: Your Passions Are the Ingredients, But, You Still Need a Recipe

One of the great things about starting a side business in your 50s or older is that you already have a pretty good idea of your skills, experiences and passions. If you haven’t taken the time to document these aspects of your life, don’t worry! I’ll give you some brainstorming tips in a second. Read More

Want to Start a Business After 60? Ask Yourself these 5 Questions First!
3 months ago

Want to Start a Business After 60? Ask Yourself these 5 Questions First!

Women over 60 have a strong independent streak. When we were younger, we used the word “freedom” carelessly. In many ways, it defined our lifestyle. We were free to wear bohemian clothing, free to travel where the wind took us and free to choose unconventional lifestyles. Read More

Multi-Level Marketing vs. Pyramid Schemes: How to Tell the Difference
3 months ago

Multi-Level Marketing vs. Pyramid Schemes: How to Tell the Difference

I’m not sure why, but, it seems like older adults are routinely the target for scams of all kinds. Maybe criminals have simply fallen for the same aging stereotypes as everyone else and believe that we are easy targets. Or, perhaps they rightly assume that, statistically at least, we have more money to spend. Read More

Starting a Business in Your 60s? Forget the “I Saw No-One Was Doing it” Myth!
3 months ago

Starting a Business in Your 60s? Forget the “I Saw No-One Was Doing it” Myth!

Few beliefs are as harmful when it comes to starting a business than the “I saw no-one was doing it” myth. We’ve all seen the interviews…

A 20-something start-up founder in a hoodie is talking publicly about his company for the first time. He explains that his company came into being because he personally had a need that no-one was filling. Read More

3 Ways to Start a Successful Business in the Transition to “Retirement”
4 months ago

3 Ways to Start a Successful Business in the Transition to “Retirement”

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Do you feel like you have so much more to do and say with your life? Read More

What it’s Like to Work as a Funeral Director
5 months ago

What it’s Like to Work as a Funeral Director

“What’s it like to work as a funeral director?” This is a question I’ve been asked time and again. My response: It’s not easy, given the complex emotions involved. It takes enormous commitment and dedication, along with a compassionate nature and respect for tradition and ceremony. Read More

Harnessing the Benefits of the Web to Launch Your Business After 60
5 months ago

Harnessing the Benefits of the Web to Launch Your Business After 60

Last month I wrote about the slippery slide to being overwhelmed when dealing with the world wide web. This time I would like to talk about the benefits as I see them, of using the web to promote your business. Read More

Is a Bridge Job Right for You Before Retirement?
6 months ago

Is a Bridge Job Right for You Before Retirement?

There was a time when I felt sure that I would continue working until age 70 or beyond. In fact, I often joked that one day I would simply resign from my job at the nursing home where I worked as an RN and move myself into the assisted living facility next door. Read More

Advice for Aspiring Older Entrepreneurs: Every Day Is Groundhog Day
7 months ago

Advice for Aspiring Older Entrepreneurs: Every Day Is Groundhog Day

The writer and artist Austin Kleon has a great tip for how to stay creative: “Remind yourself that ‘Every Day is Groundhog Day.’” Read More

5 Annoying Situations for Freelancers and Small Business Owners and How to Respond to Them
7 months ago

5 Annoying Situations for Freelancers and Small Business Owners and How to Respond to Them

Along with the benefits of being a freelancer, or running your own small business, come some aggravating problems. These hassles will occasionally occur, so you should be ready for them. Here are my solutions to the most common issues. Read More