Entrepreneurs Just Improve With Age


    Entrepreneurs Just Improve With Age


    I’m thinking about starting a company after I retire the following month.  I’ll be 65.  Have always been I too old to start a business? — Milton A.



    Milton, congratulations on your pending retirement.  I believe it is admirable that after a long time of dedication you’re considering starting a small business.   Some guys how old you are is content to lay on the porch watching the world go by; you are thinking a ride in the entrepreneurial roller coaster.  You’re tall sufficient to ride this trip, but have you been too old?

    Here’s my standard response: It depends.  It depends on your health, your energy, your drive, your aims, not to mention, finances.  If those come in sound condition and you have your spouse’s approval (that’s a biggie), then there is no good reason why you ought not to start a business at how old you are.

    In reality, the figures are in fact in your favour.  By present studies 22 percent of men and 14 % of women over 65 are self-employed. That’s versus just 7 percent for other age brackets.

    By a Vanderbilt University study how many business owners age 45 to 64 will grow by 15 million by 2006.  That’s when compared with a 4 million decrease for entrepreneurs age 25 to 44.

    A 1998 study of seniors conducted by the American Association of Retired People (AARP)  unveiled that 80 percent of respondents in the pipeline to exert effort beyond retirement age, and 17 % of those planned to introduce new companies.

    The study noted, “Self-employment among American employees increases as we grow older, with the most dramatic jump occurring at age 65.”

    Older business owners may also find starting a business more comfortable than their younger counterparts because more former business owners are apt to have more experience to draw from and much more assets with which to finance a business.

    Further proof comes from a study released by Barclays Bank entitled Third Age Entrepreneurs – Profiting From Experience.  The report demonstrates that older business owners are responsible for 50 percent more company start-ups than a decade ago.  This amounts to around 60,000 company start-ups this past year alone.

    The study also showed that today’s third age entrepreneurs (due to the fact report calls entrepreneurs above the age of 50) don’t brain putting in the hours required to build their company.  Nearly 49 percent work an average of 36 hours or more weekly.

    3rd agers additionally ranked holiday breaks, lack of stress and stability between work and home life more essential than their more youthful counterparts.

    The report further revealed that only 27 percent run the business because of the only source of home income, with 51 % supplementing their pension.

    Other key findings showed that third age start-ups take into account 15 percent of most new companies, and third age entrepreneurs are three times more prone to be male than feminine.

    There exists a disadvantage (isn’t there always?).  Many businesses fail inside the first several years. However, older business owners might be less capable handle the monetary loss than more youthful entrepreneurs.  It’s something to lose everything at 25. Nonetheless, it’s a much more significant deal to be financially ruined at 65.

    So my advice, Milton, usually in case the health insurance and finances allow (together with Mrs. provides the green light) by all means to start your online business.

    Climb the entrepreneurial roller coaster and hold on tight.

    You get the senior discount, incidentally.

    Just do not lose your lunch whenever things have bumpy, and you’ll probably have the desired effect.