Inspiration for a Second-Act Biz
In my never ending quest for inspirational second-act stories, I just found another wonderful resource I had to share. This incredible video collection comes courtesy of The Story Exchange, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit global video project and website empowering women to achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship.
While the site is intended for women, and not specifically for boomers, you’ll find tons of inspiration here for your second act. Here’s just a small sampling of the videos you’ll find:
Dreaming of Fashion: Jan Erickson, a former social worker, was inspired to create Janska, a line of comfortable fleece apparel after having a dream. She went on to create a line of wellness-wear clothing that is now carried in high end boutiques throughout the country.
Building a Bilingual Preschool: Adriana Rodriguez, moved to Austin, Texas from Mexico and then got a job as a teaching aide in a preschool. Over time, she attended school and then went on to found her own bilingual preschool, which has now expanded to serve 300 students through grade 5 on three campuses.
From Flower Farm to Blossoming Business: Barbara Jefts, age 63, turned her upstate New York flower farm into a solid business that supports the simple life she wants.
Cleaning Up Our E-Waste Mess: A couple starts an electronics recycling firm in Oklahoma.
How to Make a Fortune Spinning Yarn: Laura Zander, a San Fran based dot-com employee, moved to Nevada and opened a yarn shop. The business was projected to generate $7 million/year at the time the video was filmed in 2013.
Wowsa, this site is a goldmine of inspiration and resources. Be sure to check it out, and if you are a female entrepreneur, consider sharing your story on the site as well.