Over 55? Ever Wanted to Be Your Own Boss?

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Many older workers have found satisfaction and success by translating their experience into a business of their own.

  • Options: You could start your dream business, buy an existing one, or enlist in a franchise program. Each of these career paths has an advantage in that the only person who can fire you is yourself. But they also come with a high failure rate.
  • Consulting: Switching from job hunting to consulting isn’t that much of a stretch. Many job seekers consult while they look for jobs. Some even stop job hunting because they have become successful consultants and like the flexibility. Some even surpass their previous salary.
  • Assess your fit: Self-employment is not without big challenges. You need to find and nurture clients, manage business partners and staff, network, research, learn new skills and be a self-starter. Self-discipline is a necessity. Take this assessment to check your readiness for self-employment.
  • Support: Find in-depth resources and contacts for local support to start your business through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Health insurance: Options change with self-employment. Learn about health insurance options.



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon and Roku, as well as on BingeNetworks.tv for Apple TV and 90+ smartsets.

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