It took me the best part of 50 years to finally scratch my longstanding entrepreneurial itch and start my own business, so I know from my personal experience as well my professional experience of helping other women to set up their first business later in life, that there are many things which can keep us hovering ‘on the brink’ rather than taking the plunge and just ‘going for it!’ And despite the fact that we are we are fitter and healthier than any previous generation, one of the most common concerns is the feeling that ‘it’s too late’.
I really DO understand why this feeling persists but far from being ‘too late’ there’s probably never been a better time for 50+ women to start their own businesses. Self-employment has become an increasingly attractive way for us to use our experience to benefit others and it happens to dovetail perfectly with the urge many of us have in midlife to change direction and do something different and worthwhile with the next phase of our life.
Success in our later years is more about ‘making a difference’ than making a fortune – for many women it is about pursuing their dreams, sharing their gifts, talents and experience with the world and making a good living whilst doing it. It’s certainly never too late to do that.