Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Boomer Business

Are you ready to be in business for yourself?  As a baby boomer, you may be facing the point in your life where it's time to make some decisions.  Should you retire?  CAN you retire?  Do you WANT to retire?  If the answer to any of those questions is 'NO!", you may be ready to become a boomerpreneur!

Starting your own business as a baby boomer isn't without some risk.  But there are ways to minimize those risks.  And the rewards can be amazing.  If you just don't see yourself joining the Sunday afternoon bingo crowd but you just don't want to keep working at your current job, a business can be ideal.  It can offer you all the things you want from your work:  flexible schedule, a chance to do what you love, to be your own boss, to make an impact, and to supplement your retirement income.  Yes, there will be challenges.  But being challenged and motivated every day is much better than being bored.

Three quarters of boomers plan to work past retirement, so you're not alone.  Many of us simply don't want to give up the feeling of being productive every day.  Others simply have no choice.  Their retirement income simply isn't enough to support them comfortably.  In order to survive, they must continue to work.  But at this stage of life, it might be time for you to call the shots.

The thought of starting your own business might seem overwhelming.  But you have years of experience to offer.  You've acquired skills and strengths that many others don't have.  You have a lifetime of interests to share.  If you don't know where to start or what steps to take, don't despair.  This is the age of the internet!  All the information you need is readily available.  And today's technology can make starting a business easier than it has ever been.  Still hesitant?  Don't be!  There are  plenty of people who have gone before you who are more than willing to show you the way. 

So what's MY boomer business?  Actually, I have a few!  I started in network marketing.  And although I knew nothing about it, thanks to the patient coaching of my sponsors and mentors, today I make a nice living.  I've learned enough now that I have written my first book so others can have the same success I have had.  I also have 4 CafePress shops.  Here I sell t-shirts, mugs, hoodies, caps, mousepads - in fact just about anything you can put a design on.  I love this part of my business because it let's me express a little bit of my creativity.

The network marketing is lucrative and the CafePress shops are fun, but the most fulfilling part of my business is my role as the BoomerBizCoach.  I have learned so much over the years and I owe much of my success to the guidance and training of others.  I pay it forward by passing on all that I have learned to fellow budding boomerpreneurs. 

If retirement isn't in your future plans, if you are ready to see what being a boomerpreneur is all about, there has never been a better time.  Let's do this!