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  1. ‘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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. How can we manage our time more effectively?

    Article by Mary-Jane Kingsland How often do we comment on how times flies, not enough hours in the day and even does time go faster as we get older? Mary-Jane Kingsland gives us her tips for managing our time more effectively. One of the biggest barriers to productively and profit is poor time management. Here are some ideas to improve yours. The Problem Are you drowning under too much pressure because of the never ending barrage of demands upon your time; be it phone calls; emails, texts, social media and the plethora of daily activity which demand your attention? Do you know only too well what you want to achieve, but simply run out of time most days? The Answer is in your hands All cures begin with an accurate diagnosis, or as Albert Einstein observed:...
  8. If you are setting up a business over 50, PRIME provides free resources

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon The prospect of setting up a business in your 50s can be daunting. You have the idea, the passion and your market research tells you it’s viable. What happens if you don’t have all the skills yourself to ‘make it happen’? Where or who can you turn to for reliable information? There are a lot of professionals and ‘experts’ who market their services to support start-up businesses, but some can be costly. If you are in ‘start-up’ mode then every penny counts. A good first port of call for help if you are thinking of setting up a business in your 50s is PRIME (The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise), the charity set up by the Prince of Wales.  PRIME’s free services include workshops,...
  9. Are you a ‘Fabpreneur’ or an ‘Olderpreneur’?

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I was chatting to Prime (the Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise) today, and we were talking about the energy and maturity women over 50 are able to bring to setting up a business. It wasn’t long before we turned the discussion to perceptions of age, and how 50 is far from old. Why then are people setting up businesses in their fifties (or sixties) referred to as ‘olderpreneurs’ and not just entrepreneurs with a bit of maturity thrown in! What does Olderpreneur mean to you? What does the label ‘olderpreneur’ conjure up for you? For me anything starting with ‘old’  seems a little negative, especially when you consider the energy and...
  10. Why I think it’s important to keep Twitter social

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It’s been about 2 years since I started to ’tweet’( my twitter handle is @fab_after_fifty) . The whole twitter experience has broadened my horizons.  I have reconnected with old friends and made new.A variety of  business opportunities have emerged as well. It is truly amazing just how well you can get to know people in a series of  tweets of 140  characters. I have had the opportunity to meet many of the people I have interacted with on twitter – all have been just as lovely as I had expected. I would like to think that through twitter I have had the opportunity to meet true friends. It’s important to be social on twitter I do feel it is important to stress that twitter is classed as...
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