You’re retired. You’re no longer on the clock. You get to sleep in, spend time savoring your food and do just about anything you want to do any time you want to do it. Ah, time. You suddenly have loads of it. You probably have something similar to a laundry list of things to do in retirement. Those items will fill up that time. For a while. It’s not unusual to quickly cross off everything on your retirement “to-do” list. Then what? How will you fill your time?
You’ll want something exciting. You’ll want something engaging. You’ll want something fun. If you’re like one in ten people over the age of 50, you’ll want to start your own business. Why not? Find something you enjoy and know a little about, then take a leisurely stroll down the avenue of entrepreneurs.
“One of the best places that those over 50 can go to as an entrepreneurial resource is their local SCORE chapter,” says Charles Catania, Principal of Branding with Chuck in Vernon, Connecticut. “I’ve found that these chapters, which provide business advice at no cost through the SBA, have volunteers who are particularly skilled with helping retirees launch new endeavors.”
One of the advantages of SCORE is its small business start-up mentors are generally retirees, so you’ll be talking peer-to-peer in a sense.