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  1. Should I set up my new business as a sole trader or limited company?

    Article by Elaine Clark With many women over 50 setting up new businesses, there can often be a lot of confusion in respect to what sort of company to set up. Should you be a sole trader or set up a limited company? To help understand some of the differences, Elaine has put together some comparisons highlighting the implications of choosing one over the other. A simple comparison to see if as a business owner you would be better off with a limited company business structure or if it would be better to trade as a sole trader / self employed business owner. Why are you a sole trader? Starting a business is a tough process. Maybe you decided to be a sole trader as there was less formality and paper...
  2. Setting up a business in your 50s. What to ask your accountant at your initial meeting

    Article by Elaine Clark If setting up a business in your 50s or becoming self employed for the first time, appointing an accountant can be daunting. Elaine Clark, our newest expert on the Fabafterfifty panel,  has drawn up a useful list of questions to offer some structure to help you decide who is the right accountant for you. A question often asked by a new business owner is: “I have arranged an initial consultation with an accountant – what should I ask?” These days this consultation can take place face-to-face or virtually, via phone, Skype or other electronic means. Whatever the method, there are a few essentials that should not be neglected when you have your meeting. Fact Finding It is best to start off with some very simple fact...
  3. Finding your new business idea is easier than you think!

    Article by Catherine Blackburn and Chris Garden More women in their fifties are setting up businesses than ever before. But how do you decide what business to start up? The authors of Employee to Entrepreneur offer some insights. Some people harbour a new business idea for years and it is really about finding the right time and the right impetus to do it.  For others though, whilst the appeal of running a business is strong, the basic business idea escapes them. If you feel that you are struggling for ideas or have a number of ideas but are unsure of which option is the best, try to take a systematic approach, write...
  4. Nicola Horlick on the value a mentor can bring to you and your business

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon. Nicola Horlick has long been known as the superwoman who ‘did it all’. Marriage, children, high flying career.   From corporate life, hedge fund manager to setting up a film music business, Nicola has never been afraid to reinvent herself or move outside her comfort zone. As Nicola says – to have just one career all your working life would become terribly boring, especially as we are all loving longer and working longer. The one common denominator Nicola has had throughout her career , however, is that she has always had a mentor. In Nicola’s case her mentors have always been men, and have always been older with more business experience than she had. For Nicola the having a mentor has been invaluable. For her having someone to bounce ideas off, and talk through the pros and...
  5. PRIME event- opportunity to network – Nicola Horlick is guest speaker


    Posted by Ceri Wheeldon

    I am a strong supporter of PRIME (Princes’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise) . They provide excellent resources and mentoring for those over 50 setting up a business.

    Networking at PRIME offers an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, as well as benefitting from the expertise shared by industry keynote speakers.

    The next  (free) event is September 26th in London.

    Nicola Horlick well known entrepreneur and financier who paved the way for women in business , showing that family and getting to the top were both possible, is the keynote speaker for the London event.

    I’m attending, why not join me?

    For details of this and other PRIME events check out the PRIME website http://www.prime.org.uk/events/

  6. Setting up a business over 50: How To Stop Your Business Running You

    Article by Sue Roberts Starting and running a business is one of the most rewarding, challenging, amazing and scary things a woman can do in her life, and one of the most common problems clients come to see me about is when, after a few years of doing their business, it seems to be running them. ‘But I don’t want to get up at 5am every morning!’ one said recently. And why should you? Unless you want to of course. And that’s the thing: we all want different things out of our life, and our business, and the wise woman considers this before she starts. The size and potential shape of a business, whether it will employ people, or just be you, if it’s a full time...
  7. Had an idea for a NEW business in your 50s? Is there a market for your business?

    Article by Sue Roberts Have you been driving along, or out shopping or on the train home and had a brilliant idea for a business, product or service? You are not alone! Creative aware people can have ideas as easy as falling out of bed! But before you go haring off to the bank/website developer/intellectual property lawyer, how do you know that there is a market for your business? Having the idea is one thing, and having the drive to set it up another, however these all these things are within your control. And at the end of the day, you are not going to be buying your product. Other people are, and it’s wise to consider not only if there is a market for your business, but how big...
  8. Is 50 too old to rebrand?

    Article by John Purkiss The short answer is no.  At the age of 50 you may well have 20 more years of work ahead of you.  You also have an opportunity to build a stronger brand than ever before. The most powerful brands are authentic, i.e. based on who you are, what you love to do and what you do best. You have now accumulated a lot of experience and can answer these questions more clearly than ever before.   There are six key steps to rebrand yourself:   What are the talents you love to use?  You can identify these by looking at the high points in your life.  Think of the times when you were immersed in what you were doing, maybe to the point where you...
  9. ARK At Home Age Aware Skincare – what are the benefits?

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon. We talked to founder of ARK Age Aware Skincare, Shula Starkey, about age targetted skincare and home based business opportunities: What do women over 50 need to consider when choosing a skincare product? Once we reach 50 the function of our skin immune cells deteriorates. We need to think about repairing the skin and boosting hydration to slow down the ageing process. Choose products that do not irritate or inflame the skin and that contain antioxidants and skin-brightening ingredients. The Age Repair range has been created specifically for skin aged 50 and over. The products are aimed at boosting collagen, maximising hydration, reducing inflammation and repairing cell damage.   Can any one product be effective in combating all the signs of ageing? I don’t believe one product can combat...
  10. Women in their 40s, 50s and 60s are leading the technology revolution

    Article by Julie Tempest. When I read the headline ‘Sorry, Young Man, You’re Not the Most Important Demographic in Tech’, I gave out a little cheer. One that grew louder when the article went on to say that despite ‘companies hamfisted, male-focused marketing efforts, women are the dominant users of a wide variety of new technologies’. And the best part was the closing paragraph: ‘So it turns out if you want to find out what the future looks like, you should be asking women. And just before you think that means you should be asking 18-year-old women, it actually turns out the majority of technology users are women in their 40s, 50s and 60s. So if you wanted to know what the future looks like, those turn out to be the...
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