Looking for free advice and assistance with launching, growing and managing a business in retirement?
Well, I’ve got good news for you. This summer, AARP and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are teaming up to host a series of informational workshops for Encore Entrepreneurs.
It’s a timely move since lots of people over 50 are opting to go down this road. (And if you’re not sure if you’re cut out for entrepreneurship, take a look at this post written by my colleague Jeff Williams Working After 50: 10 Reasons Why You Want to Be Your Own Boss).
I was so delighted to hear about this initiative that I decided to sit in on one of the workshops last week. I think you’ll be as impressed as I was by the quality and diversity of free help that is out there.
Here is just a sampling of the resources discussed:
You know those bogus headlines that scream, “All you need to succeed in life is 5 minutes a day!!” or “Lose 10 pounds in just 3 weeks – GUARANTEED!!”
Well I promise you this isn’t one of those. Because what I am about to suggest really does take three seconds and it really could create more luck in your life.
So I hope you’ll stick with me to the end. I’ll share the “fix” in a few, but first a story (and a bit of a rant) about why I’m writing this.
When I speak about second acts, I often ask people what they might like to do after leaving their full-time jobs. Inevitably, I get a variety of responses:
I’d like to paint
I’d like to be a photographer
I’d like to write a book
I’d like to do something with baking.
It’s always fun to hear about people’s plans and dreams. But what I really love is when people tell me how they actually turned their dreams into reality:
I sold my first painting
I photographed a wedding
I self-published my memoirs
I’m selling my key lime pies at our local farmer’s market
It’s always exciting to see their dreams take flight. Of course, the gap between dreaming and doing is a big one. And when you’re just starting the transition into retirement, that leap can feel insurmountable.
No matter what our age or position in life, we all face challenging moments and trying transitions. In the emails I receive from readers, I hear stories from people dealing with job loss, the death of loved ones, illness and divorce. Some react to their difficulties with relative ease, while others are paralyzed by sadness and fear.
These emails are a useful reminder to me that no matter how much career advice I share here, there are times when resources alone are not enough to help move people forward.
Given my profession, it should come as no surprise that my husband and I spend a lot of time discussing our plans for retirement. Poor guy just can’t escape my constant fascination with this topic!
So recently, while enjoying a long, leisurely drive through the countryside, we once again chatted about his second act. Over the years, I’ve asked him all the obvious questions: What do you think you might like to do? What do you see as your strongest skills? Which of your hobbies might serve as the basis of a business?
But his time around I asked just one simple question: