You have worked hard and planned for retirement and here it is staring you squarely in the face. Reaching this point can be either a blessing and a curse. You eagerly anticipated retirement. However, you have some nagging doubts about what retirement holds for you.
Perhaps, the major doubt you have is financial. Modern medicine has had a significant impact on your retirement planning. When you formulated your retirement savings plan 30 years ago, you didn’t believe that you might live as long as you probably will. You want to enjoy a long, healthy life, but in doing so, you could potentially outlive your retirement savings. The answer to this dilemma-become an entrepreneur. Working after retirement can substantially extend your retirement savings.
Well, if you become an entrepreneur after retirement you’ll be in good company. Several studies indicate that the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs are aged 60 and older.
And, to add to the discussion…
Just what is an entrepreneur? The word comes from the French word ‘entreprendre’. This means ‘to undertake’. Let’s get a definition from the Merriam Webster Dictionary. It defines entrepreneur as ‘one who organizes, manages, and assumes the dangers of a business enterprise. ‘
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Don’t let this scare you. It is an occasion for you to expand your horizons and to become your own boss. Possibly, this has been your long term dream.
Some people wonder if they’re too old to become an entrepreneur upon retirement and if being over 60 is too old for entrepreneurship. Recent studies show that the odds are found in the favor of the older entrepreneur. Recent studies show that 22 percent of males and 14 percent of women over 65 are self-employed. That’s compared to just 7 percent for other age groups.
According to a Vanderbilt University study the number of entrepreneurs age 45 to 64 will increase by 15 million by 2006. This is compared to a four million decline for entrepreneurs age 25 to 44.
According to a 1998 survey of baby boomers conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) 80 percent of respondents planned to work beyond retirement age. 17 percent of those planned to launch new businesses.
The same study noted,’ Self-employment among American workers increases with age, with the most dramatic jump occurring at age 65. ‘
Older entrepreneurs have an advantage over younger entrepreneurs because older entrepreneurs tend to have more experience to draw from and more assets with which to fund a business. The bumps and scrapes of life are a stern teacher.
More information can be obtained in a report published by Barclays Bank entitled’ Third Age Entrepreneurs-Profiting From Experience’. The report shows that older entrepreneurs are responsible for 50 percent more business start-ups than 10 years ago. This amounts to approximately 60, 000 business start-ups last year alone.
The Barclays survey also revealed that today’s third age entrepreneurs (entrepreneurs over age 50) do not mind putting in the hours required to develop their business. Nearly 49 percent said that they work an average of 36 or more hours per week.
The third age group rated holidays, lack of stress and a balance between labour and home life more significant than their younger counterparts.
The report further showed that only 27 percent run the business as the sole source of household income, with 51 percent supplementing their pensions.
Other key findings showed that third age start-ups account for 15 percent of all new businesses. Third age entrepreneurs are three times most likely to be male than female. The downside is that many businesses fail during the first few years and older entrepreneurs may be less able to process the financial loss than younger entrepreneurs.
If you lose everything at age 25 you have time to recover. However, it’s a much bigger hit to lose everything at 65.
Years ago, the title ‘entrepreneur’ is said to have been worn by a man, but times have definitely changed. This artice is gender neutral, for you women entrepreneurs.
Information published by the Center For Women’s Business Research indicates there are over 10 million women-owned businesses in the US, employing 18 million people, and generating $2.32 Trillion in sales.
Women start businesses at two times the percentage of men, and women-owned businesses account for 28 percent of all businesses in the United States. Women represent about 775, 000 new startups per year and represent 55% of new startups.
In the past 25 years the amount of women-owned firms in the US has doubled, their employment has increased four-fold and their revenues have risen five-fold.
All the statistics should convince you that you should get a hard look at becoming an entrepreneur as your retirement job. You will be in good company.