Feel you’re too old to become self-employed? Think again.
At over 40 you’re older and wiser than you’ve ever been. You’ve got your wits about you. You’re done with the need to go clubbing until ridiculous hours of the night. In many cases, your children (if you have any), don’t really need to depend on you anymore and you’ve still got the energy and drive to work for what you want. More importantly, you know your true value and appreciate the experience you’ve gained through the variety of jobs you’ve tried throughout your work life. Lastly, you refuse to be exploited like the younger ones who are willing to ‘sell their services’ to their employers in the vain hope that their loyal service will be rewarded later down the line. You know better than that!
If this sounds like you and your present employment isn’t offering you what you want or the income you need, then this may be the best time to make the changes you need to become your own boss. It’s high time to take charge of your destiny.
If you have done your market research and have a business idea that ideally is your passion, you’re almost halfway there already.
In 2008, The Kauffman Foundation published a report looking at the survival rates of 5,000 Startups which began in 2004, to see how many were still in existence 4 years later, i.e. which had survived into 2008. The Report found that surviving companies were much more likely to have primary owners older than age 45.”
Older entrepreneurs were much more likely to have built up some capital, had a house or some property as surety, if a Business loan was needed but were also much more likely to get a loan from a bank.
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Need more convincing? In 1997, due to a troubled real estate development, Carol Gardner’s world was falling apart. At 52 she was divorced, depressed and more than a million dollars in debt. Gardner recounts that her cupboard was bare and she was living off 3 credit cards. Her therapist suggested she got a dog. She found an English bulldog which she duly named Zelda and who she says, doubled as a therapist and helped re-launch her life.
Knowing Gardner’s background was advertising, a friend suggested entering Zelda in the local pet store’s annual Christmas greeting card contest. Gardner snapped Zelda in a hot tub with a Santa suit on, and submitted it with this caption: “For Christmas, I got a dog for my husband…good trade, huh?”
Weeks later, Gardner won the contest, got a year’s supply of dog food and had a life-changing brainstorm in the process. A greeting card company centered around Zelda sporting different outfits.
Though Gardner was warned that 97% of greeting card startups fail, she was determined. Nearly 18 years and three Zeldas later, Zelda Wisdom today generates more than $50 million annually from cards, calendars, posters, books and gifts featuring the iconic bulldog.
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