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The Adventure of Starting a Small Business: Lessons in Jumping Off the Cliff

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Posted: 11/07/2017 by | 86 Comments

When I was almost 50 years old, a friend and I held hands and jumped off a cliff together. No, we didn’t think we were Thelma and Louise and it wasn’t a physical cliff. But the cliff we jumped from was, metaphorically speaking, just as daunting as that cliff. Our cliff was starting a small […]

Encore Entrepreneurship: Launching a Successful Business When You’re 50 or Older

Back view of a businesswoman asking a question on seminar
Posted: 11/03/2017 by | 3,949 Comments

There are always those who challenge the status quo, who dare to be innovative, pride themselves on hard work, and understand the importance of perseverance and growth. These are some of the best ways to describe encore entrepreneurs. Business ownership after the age of 50 starts with an idea that seems to never go away. […]

Making Self-Employment Work

Past and Future
Posted: 11/01/2017 by | No Comments

Seek More Opportunities. You’re Not Done Yet! I recently attended a workshop hosted by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ (DCRA) Small Business Resource Center, offered by the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) and AARP Foundation to discuss the Work for Yourself @ 50+ program. It was a mixed group of eager newcomers […]

There is no “Typical” Entrepreneur

Posted: 10/17/2017 by | No Comments

Support is a priceless gift. You have to be prepared to do a lot of different things in this self-employment life, you know?  Just like there is no “typical” job or job seeker in our crowd, there is no typical entrepreneur. We all have experience, and we need to use it to stay vital if […]

Working for Yourself Takes Planning

Posted: 10/03/2017 by | 1 Comment

Working for yourself takes planning, and here’s how you can get started The gig economy: It’s a growing trend. Permanent, full-time positions might even become a thing of the past. One study has predicted that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers will be independent contractors, working for a variety of companies on a temporary […]

Expanding Horizons in Miami

group of adults students
Posted: 09/19/2017 by | 2 Comments

Jesus Barrios, 54, has a Hotmail account. “Yeah,” he laughs, “that was one of the first things they told me at the workshop. Switch to Gmail. Hotmail is dated and sends the message that you’re out of touch. I haven’t done it yet.” The workshop he references is part of AARP Foundation’s BACK TO WORK […]