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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Lynn, making hand made dolls and creating a new business in her 50s

    Interview with Lynn Ede Our latest ‘Fabpreneur’ Lynn makes and sells beautiful dolls- I have been totally captivated by the images of them so  I asked Lynn to share her story about her dolls and the business she has created. I am Lynn Ede of  http://www.FloraLilly.com and live in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, UK.  I have three wonderful grown-up sons, the youngest of whom, 20, lives with me. What prompted you to set up a business in your 50s? Being 50 should not stand in the way of a good business idea; age isn’t important. In many ways, being older gives one more general knowledge and experience which is useful for such a venture.  I set up FloraLilly – so named after my grandmothers Florence and Lillian – after making things for...
  4. Fabpreneur Lesley turned impending redundancy in her 50s into an opportunity by buying part of the company!

    Article by Lesley Bailey Together Gill and I are ‘The Little Pub Company’. Gill is fifty, married with 2 grown up daughters and one daughter in her teens. She also has one granddaughter. I (Lesley) am fifty nine, twice divorced and have two grown up daughters. Gill and I worked together for a small pub owning company based in the Midlands. Gill was my boss and the Operations Director for the company, whilst I prepared the company accounts. Last year the bank called in all the loans for the company we worked for and in effect we realized that as soon as they were all sold we would no longer have employment. We  both realized that we may be facing a very tough...
  5. ‘Fabpreneur’ Helen turned her passion for walking into a business

    Article by Helen Wenley, Helen shares her story…… I live in Auckland, New Zealand.  I am married to a dentist and have two young adult children living at home (I am an ‘older’ Mum) What prompted you to set up a business in your 50s? I like to stay engaged with the community, and doing something that gives me enjoyment means that I can provide others with the same opportunity. What did you do prior to setting up business? I have been an at-home Mum since my son was born in 1989.  I also have done the book-keeping for my husband’s dental business from home. What is your new business? I have explored, and discovered short walks that I have documented.  These self-guides can be downloaded from the...
  6. Fabpreneur Rachel acquires the digital skills she needs to showcase her script writing to a wider audience

    Article by Rachel Cochrane Most writers are used to being a recluse and accepting the stack of rejection letters as part of the territory.  With the advent of digital media, I decided it was time to change this state of affairs, take charge of my own work and get it out to an audience somewhere out in the ether of the worldwide web. Up to this point I had concentrated on scriptwriting for film & TV, so how could I get my work out there without needing to remortgage the house?  With a little help from my amateur actor friends I started to write & record my dramas as radio plays and very quickly I had to make the transition from being solely a writer to actor, director...
  7. Why I think The Apprentice should include entrepreneurs of all ages

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have watched every season of The Apprentice since its early days before it became essential prime time viewing. As a headhunter I was intrigued by the tasks set and the long selection process of individuals who were essentially at the start of their careers. The current format where Lord Sugar is now in essence looking for a business partner and not an employee essentially changes the dynamics, and in theory the qualities looked for. Having seen the first 3 episodes of the current series and the lack of business acumen exhibited by some of this year’s applicants, I can’t help wondering if the age restrictions should be put aside to allow would be entrepreneurs of all ages to compete for the chance to be Lord Sugar’s business partner.  With 71% of women over...
  8. Why I think it was easier to set up a business in my 50s than it was in my 30s.

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When I set up my first business in my early 30s, the financial investment needed was far greater than the investment needed today. I needed a PC, business quality printer, fax machine, copier, and telephone system all of which came to an initial investment of around £7000 and delivered far less functionality than a laptop and all-in-one printer costing hundreds of pounds today. On top of that I had to rent an office and install ISDN lines. Phone calls were paid for by the minute, mobiles were still not an everyday tool. Investment in business stationery was significant. As was postage. The business day revolved round meeting the 4pm post deadline. Marketing of services...
  9. The Rise and Rise of the ‘Fab-preneur’ (or Gran-trepreneur as some are calling!)

    Article by Fabafterfifty New research confirms just what we’ve been saying on Fabafterfifty – that more women than ever are looking to set up their own businesses in their 50s-although I have to say I hate the term that ISME have come up with Gran-trepreneur! Much prefer Fab-preneur! They’ve spent their lives working for others, now Britain’s 50-somethings are setting up shop and doing it for themselves in 2012. A staggering 71 per cent of mature women say they’re considering going into business themselves this new year, creating an entirely different breed of business woman – the ‘gran-trepreneur’! (ouch!!!) Instead of retiring or opting for the quiet life, they’re putting their money where their mouth is to...
  10. The growing trend of ‘silver start-ups’. Never too late to set up a business

    Article Mary-Jane Kingsland There is a growing trend for ‘Silver Start Ups’; namely people of older years, shunning the notion of compulsory retirement and starting a new business. Indeed, research reveals a 18.7 per cent increase in start up business amongst the over 65’s and a 10.8 per cent increase in the number of so called Silver Entrepreneurs, defined as aged between 55 and 64. Simply Business – a business insurance provider – recently analysed 350,551 requests for quotations and found that the over 55’s account for 7 per cent of all new business start ups. The 25 – 34 year age group still accounts for the highest number of start ups (35 per cent) but the greatest growth area is amongst those in the older age bracket. Moreover, new start...
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