6 50 Plus Business Resources

May 15, 2009

Who said it was too late for your dream business?
by Dr. Carolyn Anderson

Senior doing business Do you think that your time has passed, that you missed the boat? As you look back at your life do you have more regrets than you have dreams?

As great as it is to see a young kid launch a business and become successful I find it so much more inspiring when someone near or past retirement age decides to pursue a dream that has occupied their heart and mind for years. Everywhere I look there are examples of people over the age of 60 deciding to pursue their dream business.

Even though conventional wisdom tells us we become more averse to risks as we get older I see many people in their 60s, 70s and beyond change their lives by finally doing what they have always wanted to do and making a huge contribution to society in the process. Most of us spend a large portion of our lives doing everything that was expected of us and this often leads to years in a career or job we had no passion for. Therefore when you get to retirement age you may find that there are dreams that you never pursued. Often those dreams can lead to a new opportunity or new business. We can never let age limit our pursuit of what we truly desire.

Colonel Sanders was 65 when he launched the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise. It’s never too late. Everything we have done in the past can contribute to the next possibility. It really all comes down to attitude. Others will tend to see you the way you see yourself. I’ve met old women who were 40 and young women who were 70. The number is just that a number. So go on…your boat is still in the harbor and it is up to you whether or not you want to get on and set sail.

Whether you’re pursuing a new venture or expanding on an existing one, consider these business resources:

The Service Corps of Retired Executives – SCORE (www.score.org) – dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation of growth, and success of small businesses

CARP (www.carp.ca) – the organization for Canadians over 50

AAPR (www.aarp.org) – the American site for retired persons

Retirement Jobs (www.retirementjobs.com) – matches companies friendly to over-fifty workers with job seekers.

Retired Brains (www.retiredbrains.com) – connects experienced workers with employment and non-profit opportunities

55 Plus Pros (www.55pluspros.ca) – a Canadian company that connects experienced trades people, managers and professionals over the age of 55 with businesses requiring their expertise

About the Author: Dr. Carolyn Anderson is the founder of Impowerage. Her mission in life is to empower older adults with the information they need to continue living healthy active lifestyles.

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