If you’re thinking about starting a business during retirement, you’re going to need a business plan.
Now before you roll your eyes, I want to clarify that a business plan doesn’t have to be an extensive or lengthy document. In fact, for most retirement businesses, which typically don’t require any outside funding, a one-pager is likely enough to get you started. A one-page business plan describes your business and what it will take to run it, all in a single page.
Think college alumni career services are only for recent grads? Think again. Alumni career service departments support all age groups, from newly minted grads to semi-retirees.
I was reminded of this fact recently while presenting at the Alumni Career Services Network Conference. It was a wonderful two-day event held on the beautiful campus of the University of Denver (pictured above) that featured talks on a wide variety of topics including branding, social media, networking, and yes, second-act careers.
During my time at the conference I decided to learn more about the services colleges are offering their alumni and was impressed by what I discovered.
What’s the single biggest factor in career and reinvention success?
Smarts? Pedigree? Connections? Education? Hard work and sacrifice?
All of these factors are undeniably important. But nearly two decades experience as a career coach has taught me that the single most important element behind career and reinvention success is a positive attitude.
As Shawn Achor writes in his international bestseller, Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, “Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals.”
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This list of 100+ great resources is for boomers (and others) interested in fun, flexible and fulfilling second-act careers. There are lots of other “best-of” career lists out there, but as far as I know, this is the first and only one to focus on flexible, part-time and entrepreneurial options. So if you’re done with the “big” job and are eager to profit from your passions on a part-time basis, this is the list for you.
Of course, there is no way I could include every outstanding resource, so if you feel that a worthy resource has been left off this list, please do let me know by leaving a note in the comments section below.
Thinking about starting a business in retirement? If so, you’ve probably realized that you’re missing some of the “how-to” expertise you’re going to need to succeed. You know, things like how to create a blog – or how to use Twitter – or how to market your services using YouTube . Unfortunately, no matter how great you are at the core part of your business, not having those essential entrepreneurial skills could prove to be a real drag on your plans.