6 Tips for Becoming an Entrepreneur at 50+


Age is no barrier to becoming an Entrepreneur, and you can start a successful online home-based business at any stage of your life. Right now many over 50s are starting a side hustle to beat the cost of living crisis.

However, becoming an entrepreneur at 50 plus has its own unique challenges. Consider these tips for starting a business in later life:

Avoid Allowing Others to Limit Your Goals

As you get older, you may have more people in your life who try to persuade you away from the entrepreneur lifestyle. 

  • Your family and friends may have good intentions, but they can also limit your dreams.

They may remind you that it’s more difficult to start a new business as you get older because you have other responsibilities. Children, ageing parents, and others can take up a lot of your time and present challenges when starting an online business. However, knowing that these challenges exist can also help you make contingency plans for when time is tight.

Age is Not a Barrier

Dreams don’t have expiration dates, and entrepreneurs don’t have age limits. As they say, “You’re only as old as you feel.”  So if you feel like taking on the rigors of starting a new online business, let your age be the last thing on your mind as you move forward with your business plans.

“You’re only as old as you feel.”

Be Open to Learning From Others

  • The most successful entrepreneurs are open to learning new ideas and leverage.
  • Stay up to date on new advancements in your field, either by keeping in the loop yourself or by hiring employees or contractors that incorporate this into their tasks.
  • Finding a mentor with successful business experience in your field can help your new business see profits quickly and plan for successful growth.
6 Tips for Becoming an Entrepreneur at fifty

Get your family involved

Successful entrepreneurs often have their family members involved in the business. This is not just a matter of nepotism, but rather a recognition that family can provide a unique and valuable source of support, advice, and labour.

For one thing, family members are often willing to work long hours for little pay. They are also more likely to be understanding of the demands of running a business, and they may be willing to make sacrifices that others would not.

  • Do your children want to help you build a business? Does your spouse have interesting ideas and want to collaborate with you?

Family members can provide a valuable sounding board for ideas. They can offer honest feedback and help to identify potential problems. And because they know the entrepreneur well, they can often provide insights that others would miss.

Of course, there are also challenges to working with family. It can be difficult to separate personal and professional relationships, and there may be disagreements about how the business should be run. However, the benefits of family involvement often outweigh the risks.

If you are an entrepreneur, consider getting your family involved in your business. They can be a valuable source of support, advice, and labour.

Consider the Impact of the Business on Your Personal Life

How will the business affect your family and the ability to continue working your regular day job? 

A new business venture may be exciting, but it has consequences.

It’s important to consider the full impact of the new business on your personal life and health. Will you be able to spend time with your children and spouse as you launch the business?

Your personal finances are another area that can be deeply affected by a new business. How do you plan to pay for the business? If your plan involves draining personal finances or getting new loans, then this can affect your entire family. It’s important to discuss the changes with them before you take action.

Consider the Impact of Your Parents on the Business

As your parents age, they may become dependent on you. Can you handle the complexities of being an entrepreneur and caring for your parents?

  • Younger entrepreneurs may have decades before they have to worry about caring for their ageing parents. However, as an older entrepreneur, you don’t have this luxury.
  • You may have to handle multiple roles at the same time. How will you balance your lifestyle and finances to manage everything? Can you afford to start a new business if your parents need your help?
  • Your parents can have a serious accident or health issue that makes you responsible for taking care of them. The expense of this situation can be detrimental to your efforts with your new business.
  • You can become a successful entrepreneur and build a strong home-based business at any age. 

However, it’s important to stay aware of the challenges that come with being an entrepreneur and make plans that will help you overcome these challenges.

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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney

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