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If you’re a woman past the age of 50 thinking about starting a business and becoming your own boss, I say: follow your instincts.

I’d always heard that when you reach that magic number you are just hitting your productive stride.

It’s like, alright, I’ve been through the preliminaries now I’m ready to go for it, come what may.

You have plenty more to accomplish.  It’s true.

And, there are plenty of people who will back me up on it. Let’s start with yours truly. I launched my business at 41, armed with 10 years of  corporate work experience and 3 kids in tow under the age of 10.

Leverage your skills

I had no idea how powerful the management skills were that I’d developed from raising kids and managing a high velocity household. Then, when you fold in years of work experience, a willingness to keep learning, the networking skills you’ve developed, not to mention your competitive savvy, you’re far more prepared to launch than a 20 or 30 something.

There are lots of reasons why women exit corporate life or re-enter the working world as a business woman at 50+. For some, you’ve kind of had it with the politics or reached as far up the ladder that you are going to climb. Perhaps there’s cost cutting or a phase out of your position. Who knows?  Been there done that.

If you’ve been a stay at home mom with the kids now out of the house, isn’t it about darn time you went out and did something fun for yourself that doesn’t involve running a taxi service, an urgent care, or being a short order cook? Come on… coordinating and managing a household is far more difficult than running a small business.

The right question is: What’s next?

Get out there and have some fun! Whether you went the corporate route or stayed home, both came with rewards but also with a lot of stress. Now is the perfect time to find something that features flexibility and fun. Otherwise, what are you doing but jumping right back into the fire?

Well equipped for this passage

What strikes me about my older entrepreneur customers is the confidence, openness to something new, and hope they exude. Life is a series of unfolding passages, and this next passage is in many ways better because inner fulfillment is as much a key component as is personal financial gain.

It may be hard for some to think about making big life changes at this time in life, for others,you cannot get started fast enough. Remember one thing however,-you are better equipped to navigate this passage than at any other time your life!

Have fun and enjoy the ride! The best is yet to come.

If you’d like to learn more about how to succeed in business at 50+, peruse a well written article titled “Women Succeed When Starting a Business After 50” by Kim Speed, writing for thebusinesswomanmedia.com which I have linked to HERE.

She covers the practical reality of what many women face in corporate life at 50, plus outlines practical steps you can follow in preparing to launch your new venture, whatever it may be.

I think you’ll enjoy it.

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