starting a business mid-life

Starting a business mid-life

Starting a business mid-life

starting a business mid-lifeThere are a number of reasons to look at starting a business mid-life once you are heading to or past the magic age of fifty.

Getting to a half century doesn’t mean your nearly “out”, it means you finally have a chance to put all those resources you have been gathering to good use.

I had a mentor several years ago who said that in an ideal world we spend a third of our life learning how to do something, a third of our life doing it and a third of our life giving back or showing other people how to do it. So starting a business mid-life is not a bad idea is it?

Life is never that neat and tidy but in theory I think it is great. So if you look at a productive life cycle, from 20 – 40 we are learning to do something, 40-60 we are doing it and 60+ we share, teach and give back.

So it sounds a little idealistic – I get it. The whole theory gets busted when you look at digital commerce where more and more people seem to spend a month learning to do something, then sell it to a whole pile of people for a few months before becoming “experts” and charging us a lot for a course to learn what they learned in a month. At least it seems that way!

So in reality, what I am saying is in those mid-life years, the senior “gap years”, we are at our most productive.

It is also reality that many people my age question how valuable they may be to an employer… what if I lose my job!

Frankly, there is some truth to the fact that in such a fast changing world it can be hard to keep up as an employee.

As an entrepreneur however, when you are thinking of starting a business mid-life, it is quite different.

There is always some fear and trepidation when you think about starting a business, but think about your strengths when it comes to becoming a solopreneur or entrepreneur.

1. You have gained wisdom (hopefully!)

2. You have seen a lot of things go wrong – that is experience and it is very valuable

3. You probably have a better handle on finances than a young entrepreneur

4. You are a little more level headed. You know the difference between risk and stupidity.

5. You have developed a network of connections

6. You have a little more time to devote without raising a family at the same time.

That is a pretty good A list of positive attributes.

The problem is we don’t focus on our strengths when we compare to other people. We compare our weakness and look at their strengths – it is a losing game form the start. So instead look at the list above, add some more to it and get going…. there really is no time like the present.

Happy new year

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