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Should You Start Your Business Late In Life : In Your 50's ? - Articles Surfing

The idea of starting your own business in your 50's may seem daunting but making your passion a career and becoming your own boss can be an enriching experience. It may surprise you that a good percentage of entrepreneurs are currently 50 years of age and older.

Before considering taking this major leap it is important to weigh your options and as well evaluate the situation by asking yourself a number of questions. Some of these questions in fact may be very difficult to look at. The end result is an assessment of your current financial as well as employment and career situation at present or in the near future.

Basically these questions focus on a number of areas and financial attributes.
First how well do you know yourself and your passions? While most people view their 50's as a time to slowly transition from the full time work environment to a situation of less time and energy placed on their employment and career tasks, starting a business can be a busy and stressful time. You may not want all the fuss and aggravation. If you enjoy challenges and are willing to burn the midnight oil to see your dream become a reality, then you already have two essential qualities of a great entrepreneur.

Next you do not have to jump into the pool Start slowly and edge toward your goals. . If ending one career to begin a new one seems too abrupt and indeed scary and frightening consider in essence to take baby steps first. You have to learn to walk before you can run. Start your business part time while working with your current employer. Be careful however ' some jobs that have a lot of unsupervised time where you are on your own and your terms of employment do not allow this. Best not to throw away 10 $ for a return of a penny. Another area of concern may be that you may be entering a field with your expertise that conflicts with your employers business also resulting in problems for you. In such cases it always best to ask. As is said 'It never hurts to ask.'

You can well trust your most valued asset ' your experience. How often it is said 'If I only knew 10 % of what I know now when I was younger'. While it may be true that youth has drive, energy and strength you have the asset that is most valued ' experience, coupled with brainpower and wisdom. Being in your 50's gives you a wealth of work and life experiences that can help you drive this new stage of your life. Use this experience to decide what type of business you want to venture into: such as sole proprietorship, partnership or franchise. If you are indeed a lone wolf who likes to get things done promptly setting up a partnership may not be a good thing and indeed be more than frustrating.

Lastly a major difficulty in starting any business is undercapitalization. The primary source of capital for most businesses comes from personal savings. Using all of your savings may be risky to financing your own business.

In the end everything in life is ultimately the risks involved versus the rewards possible, Do you want a start a new business when you are in your 50's ? Are the risks worth the potential rewards to you?

Submitted by:

Shaun Z. Stevens

Shaun Z. Stevenshttp://www.substantialincomes.comhttp://www.winnipegjobshark.comhttp://www.aceemploymentservices.net



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