Retirement: green light for change

Retirement: the opportunity you’ve been waiting for?

Traffic light on green against a sky backgroundYou’ve done the job you had to do. Now it’s your time to do the job you want to do.

Retirement brings with it many changes, but also many new opportunities. Often, the time that you used to spend working for someone else can be cultivated to help you realize your dream. Maybe you always wanted to open a book store? A doggy day care? Teach others to paint? The possibilities are limited only by your interest and your imagination.

No woman is an island

Get out there and talk to people. You’ll make some great personal connections and a few necessary business ones, as well. By getting to know people already working in, or those who have retired from, the industry or business you’re interested in starting up, you’ll gain valuable information, advice on what to do… and what not to do! Learn from their mistakes and sidestep the pitfalls that caused them to stumble. So, where do you begin?

Start with what you love

Remember the old saying, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”? It’s true, isn’t it? It doesn’t matter what the work is, if you love it, you’ll find bottomless stores of energy you probably didn’t even know you had. Start by making a list. What are the things you love to do? Are you a natural born caregiver? Do you spend days in the kitchen whipping up the sweetest treats? Are you the go-to person when any of your friends need fashion advice? What do you do better than anyone else?

Delegate

Okay, so you’ve decided what you’re going to do and you’re starting to jot down the ideas. There’s always one area that is just not as much fun as the others. Maybe you hate marketing. Rather than stress over it, network and look for someone who loves marketing and let them do that part. It really is a win-win situation. Not great at balancing the books? Leave the money to someone who loves numbers. You get the idea! It’s a successful woman who knows how and when to let others step in.

Minimalize

When starting a business, it’s easy to get carried away and over-shop to get things looking just right. But remember, you’re not earning money yet – so be cheap. Start thinking outside of the box. Try connecting with other small business owners. Can you share resources? Can you divvy up the office space and cut your monthly rent in half?

Patience is indeed a virtue

No business starts out a success story. It takes time, effort and love to nurture and grow your creation. You may feel like things aren’t going as fast as you’d like them to but remember, it wasn’t very long ago this project didn’t even exist. You did this! You’ve created something new! And like any new life it will wobble on young legs before it can sprint ahead of the competition.

Fortune favours the bold

Always remember, it’s okay to make mistakes, to be afraid. Just don’t let that stop you from learning and moving forward. We only get one life…live it your way!

Freedom Chevalier

About Freedom Chevalier

I’m a rehabilitated thespian, and the author of a bunch of articles, plays, short stories, songs, poems, grocery lists, fortune cookie inserts, and even a gritty thriller about the dark side of stand-up comedy, called Pundit, from Red Dashboard Press. I currently reside outside of Boston and am desperately trying to get back to the Bay...and I really have heard every possible joke about my name. Check out my website for more info.