What is an entrepreneur?
‘A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so.’
As you can see by my profile, I’m not in the first flush of youth!
In fact, I’m a member of what many refer to as the ‘baby boomer’ generation – those born between 1946 and 1964.
So of course working online is something that has come to me quite late in life. Does that mean that I have less to offer than those from the ‘younger’ generation?
Well no I don’t think it does. In fact, I believe that older people have many qualities that make them extremely well qualified to become an entrepreneur.
My Top 7 Qualities Of The Older Entrepreneur
As an entrepreneur you have to rely on yourself first. In later life, many of us wish to play by our own rules and work by our own values, not those of the corporate world.
– ResilienceBeing an entrepreneur means overcoming obstacles. It takes resilience deal with the setbacks that will inevitably come along. Over the years we learn how to deal with life’s knocks and keep going.
An entrepreneur is a self-starter, and knows how to keep the momentum going after the initial burst of energy. This is something that comes with experience.
As an entrepreneur you must believe in yourself and get others to believe in you too. You have the confidence to find the resources you need but also know when to ask for help and support.
Good business instincts are obviously important to an entrepreneur. Again life and work experience teaches us how to develop such instincts.
An entrepreneur needs to be able to make decisions and take the actions required to get the desired results. The older person has had a lifetime of experience to fine-tune their decision-making ability.
Entrepreneurs build relationships. They build networks and thrive on seeing opportunities for connections for mutual benefit. By midlife, most people have well-developed networks, which is an advantage in starting and sustaining a business.
Becoming An Older Entrepreneur
You don’t have to think big to become an entrepreneur. You can start small as a solopreneur with a home based business and grow it as you wish.
And you don’t have to do it all on your own. In fact, it’s a good idea to find yourself a mentor, and if you are working on your own a community of like-minded people can be a great support.
Would I have started an online business totally on my own? Probably not. It’s a steep learning curve when you are totally new to it, and it’s very easy to become sidetracked.
And that’s why I joined the Six Figure Mentors. Not only is it a fantastic educational and training platform for online entrepreneurs and for learning about online marketing, the mentoring, community and support are second to none.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to become an older entrepreneur why not apply to join us.
And get your new career off to a flying start!
And I’m sure you can think of some other qualities that it would be useful for older entrepreneurs to have, so please do share them below.
To Your Success