Senior entrepreneurs

Seniors Week! FRI 1-8 OCT

While many people think of an entrepreneur as a young, often male, go-getting, techie type research has suggested that older people have a wide range of passions, knowledge and life/career experience that makes them just as creative and entrepreneurial as the younger generation.

In keeping with current global trends more older New Zealanders are becoming entrepreneurs.  Recent research published by Dr Judith Davey who conducted 20 in-depth interviews with people who had started new businesses after the age of 50, found they’re not just motivated by money.  You can listen to the Radio NZ interview with Dr Davey here

In Wellington there is a support network for the senior entrepreneurs in the form of a meetup group.

And to prove its never too late, this inspiring Youtube Ted talk by Paul Tasner How I became an entrepreneur at 66 may well motivate you to take the plunge and start up your own business.

From the WCL collection, there is a huge range of material aimed at those starting their own businesses but for the older person check out :

Ageless startup : start a business at any age / Terrien, Rick
“Ageless Startup guides retirees through the world of entrepreneurship. The book discusses what it takes to start a business at an advanced age, how seniors set themselves apart from their younger competitors, and provides general business startup guidance”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

There has never been a better time to start your own business, but taking that leap of faith can seem like a daunting risk rather than an exciting new venture. But here’s the truth: Your community needs you. The world needs you. You have time to make a difference, and you have the experience, resilience, and drive to make it.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. Or call 021 596 274