An Age-Old Adventure: Should You Start A Business in Retirement?
As we get on in years and slowly edge toward retirement we should think about what it takes to make life easier. For so many people, retirement is the prime opportunity to follow their passions, and it seems that many people are now forgoing retirement or trying it out for a year, only to find it doesn’t suit their attitudes to life anymore. If you’re looking for something that gives you meaning or a reason to get out of bed in the morning, starting your own business in retirement could be it. But what are the things you need to consider before you take the leap?
Do You Have the Financial Savviness?
You may think that your pension is a great financial buffer should anything go wrong with your business, but it still pays to be financially savvy. Many small business owners make the mistake of blending their personal and professional finances, often using the former to make up for the lack of the latter. However, you need to ensure that you either have the support of a small business CPA (Certified Public Accountant) firm or have the due diligence to professionally vet your finances. Being financially savvy is not just about cooking the books.
What Would Keep You Motivated?
Starting a business at retirement age is something that can keep you focused, but there will be times when things become complex or too much to bear. The most important thing to remember is that with your years of experience, you have the advantage over younger, more coltish entrepreneurs. But you still need to recognize that when you invest in a business, you’ve got to follow your passions. You may find there’s a gap in the market for something, but you can also use your experience to your advantage. Many people who have worked for 40 years have accumulated a vast bank of knowledge, meaning you can use life experience to limit mistakes that could prove costly.
Is It Going To Impact Your Work-Life Balance?
Retirement is something that will happen eventually, but rather than completely giving your all to something, you could use this as a side hustle. Working part-time on something means you have a lot more freedom to do the things that make you feel happier in yourself. You may not want to give up work just yet, but you have to recognize that work-life balance is pivotal, especially when it comes to your health. While running a business could give your brain and body a boost, the demands cannot be overstated. Therefore, you need to understand if doing something like this will be a detriment to your health. Your health and well-being should come first, and you have to consider this very carefully before you commit yourself.
Starting a business at any time is an adventure, and if you are considering using retirement as the opportunity to do something more, these are a few things that you should bear in mind that can make a significant difference to the quality of your life.
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Thank you for sharing this post and offering advice on post-retirement business ventures, there are some great tips here
Since I retired, I’ve occasionally wondered about starting a business. I appreciate this advice!
Sometimes I look at “influencers” and people with “side hussles” and think “I can do that” but the thing is, do I want to? Will it be as successful as some of the articles – which don’t cover how many failed
Thanks for sharing this article with us, very informative,
I thought I’d consult but I had no idea how to drum up business so here I am 5 years later w/no side hussle
Great advice, thank you.