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

couple holding hands
Posted: 11/07/2017 by | 19 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

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Posted: 11/03/2017 by | 73 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. […]

Self-Employment Over 50 Spells Independence

Erica Lemp
Posted: 07/12/2017 by | 1 Comment

You may think of “gaining independence” when you graduate high school or college, but have you thought about becoming more independent after 50? What would it be like to be your own boss? There are many reasons why you may want or need a career change. Maybe you’ve been laid off or need a second […]