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aislinggray Posted 2 years ago
Welcome to our over 50s entrepreneurs

Hi all, this thread has been set up at the request of some of our Facebook members.  We hope it can be a great place for over 50s entrepreneurs to meet, share ideas and also services.



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    • paul 18th March 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Hi, I’m Paul

      After many jobs and lots of experience working all over the world and across many industries, I became frustrated with my life being in the control of others, my life at risk from any change in my employers business circumstances or competence. I determined to start ny own small business using the knowledge I’d gained. I’ve run my own digital/online marketing agency since 2004 and business strategy consultancy since 2000.

      For everyone in this group, no one under the age of 40 can compete with the experience we all gain “at the coal face”. We all have a unique skill set which we take for granted but which has incredible value to others who need it, whether as an employee or not.

      Always remember your value. Don’t do yourself down. If you’re applying for jobs, don’t feel that you’re at the mercy of an employer. You’re doing them a great favour by offering your unique skills. If you don’t get the position, it’s not that you weren’t good enough, it’s that your unique skill set wasn’t a best fit, but it will be for others, whether you get a job or start as a freelancer or by starting a limited company.

      Write down your areas of experience and expertise and look at where it gives you advantages. Never give up.

      I help anyone who wants to start their own business using the knowledge they’ve gained from previous employment, may it be wanting to leave employment to do their own thing, or following redundancy.

      I’ve nearly 40 years business experience, having previously worker for Deloitte, the HQ of a Blue Chip conglomerate, been Director of a European Motor Manufacturer, run a global IT consultancy and been Strategy and IT advisor to multiple FT250 Chief Executives.

      I love amateur astronomy, an a lifetime home guitarist, have recently rediscovered my childhood passion for model trains (nerdy, I know!)

      If I can help anyone inside this group and/or discussion board, I’d be very happy to.


      • Andrea Woolf 4th April 2020 at 2:19 pm


        Thankyou for letting me join this group – it still smarts that I’m (recently!) old enough for such a group, but I’m getting used to it!!!

        Anyway – I’m not yet an entrepreneur, but having been made redundant in January after 21 years with the same company,  and my job hunt being curtailed by this pesky virus, I’ve decided to retrain as a Nutritional Advisor.  My 30 years in HR should stand me in good stead with a considerable range of transferrable skills, but in all honesty the vast array of courses and qualifications available is confusing to say the least.

        If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated!

        Many thanks


        • marionreiki 12th May 2020 at 2:47 pm

          I run and own a holistic centre in Leicestershire which I opened last year, I was 52.  It really depends on which sort of nutritional job you would like to take. There are a number of courses for those who wish to have a holistic approach or if you want to become a dietitian you would need a degree which is very science based. Before you decide, please read The China Study , very informative and eye opening about the world of nutrition. You can also buy this in audio book form , this is what I recommend as it is quite a long book. Good luck !

      • griffithsmary4 12th May 2020 at 10:39 am

        Unfortunately I am 64 and just missed out on retirement by 3 months feeling very rejected.

      • scottess345 22nd June 2020 at 8:33 am

        Hi Paul,

        just joined to the group. We have our own business but after covid thinking to go work from home.  i wonder if we can chat to you and ask for your experience?
        Thank you

    • magdalena.pasnikowska 18th March 2020 at 7:00 pm

      Hi Everyone! Lovely to be able to participate in this forum. The rules of the game have changed massively since two or three weeks ago. Even though I run a completely online business, nobody will pay for translations when they are wondering how to pay their bills… Everything seems to have ground to a halt. Is there anything we can do about it, or should we just lie back and enjoy this enforced leisure time?

    • aislinggray 19th March 2020 at 10:07 am

      Hi both, welcome!


      @magdalena – it’s so difficult for self-employed people out there.  I am noticing in my own network that it is forcing people to think in an even more entrepreneurial way.  For example, at the end of tomorrow, there are thousands of parents who are going to be at their wits end (I’m one of them!) and I’m seeing lots of businesses offer online videos/tutorials to stimulate children whilst they are off school/being home schooled.  I wonder with your language skills if this might be something you can offer?  In terms of making money from it, I’m seeing a range of different approaches – some people are asking for donations, others are charging and will then supply a private link to the video session.

      I appreciate this is really different to your day job but there is definitely a need that can be tapped into…

      Hope it gives you some food for thought and perhaps others on the group will have more ideas for you too 🙂

    • bill.connerty 21st March 2020 at 7:48 am

      Hi ,

      I am Bill , I have a real estate business on the costa blanca in Spain. We have been established over 25 years.the market has dried up because of the coronavirus.Does anybody have ideas to market the bargain properties we have.


      • aislinggray 23rd March 2020 at 1:11 pm

        Hi @bill.connerty, it might be worth contacting some of the national property journalists in the UK.  There are some who regularly write about international property who might be interested in details of price drops.

        • bill.connerty 24th May 2020 at 4:23 pm

          Hi Aisling ,

          Many thanks for you great idea .

          Wishing you all the best in the future

          Best regards

          Bill Connerty

          Best regards

          Bill Connerty

      • nikkigoddard3 24th May 2020 at 10:38 am

        Hi Bill, I lived on the Costa Blanca for 5 years and have been back in the UK for 2 years now. I am currently running my own business but would love to get into the Spanish property market. Do you have a website where I can contact you privately?
        Regards, Nikki

      • ginamann13 3rd June 2020 at 6:35 pm

        Hi Bill

        I met a lovely lady whilst networking the other day who runs an estate agency which specialises in helping sell properties that have stuck for whatever reason.

        Can we connect and I will share her details?



    • droylecatering 21st March 2020 at 8:12 am

      Thank you for letting me join this forum.

      My name is David Royle, I’m an experienced chef  in both Hotel’s and Hospital catering, I’ve also had experience in outside catering.

      I have asked some of my local councillors and community leaders for their thoughts and opinions about contingency plans for a CPU (kitchen) for food to be distributed to vulnerable members of the community who may be in isolation.

      I live in Lincoln, I was wondering if any plans or similar proposals have be suggested in other areas of the country?

      Basic needs of people will require    addressing in the next weeks and months.

      Food for thought!



      • aislinggray 23rd March 2020 at 1:11 pm

        Hi @droylecatering – wow what a wonderful idea.  I haven’t come across this idea yet but I think it’s brilliant – well done.  Let us know if it ends up happening.

    • Anne Buckingham(Pau) 21st March 2020 at 10:33 am

      Good morning everyone!

      Life is made up of so many precious experiences, some good, some bad. My life has led me from working for Barclays Bank to Travel, to Management, good old Galleon Wine, and to successfully running my own cab firm and food outlet; train station kiosk. However, life is never so rosy or clear cut, as we are now all experiencing with Covid 19. In January 2017  a month after her 21st birthday my daughter was diagnosed with stage four terminal bowel cancer. Work and life as we know it ceased to exist and our lives became a new mission sourcing information drugs and vitamins as we refused to accept her 6 months life expectancy. Today she still battles on and we await news of surgery. After closing the business’s my husband and I decided to keep our Taxi licenses and work to fit in with our daughter’s endless hospital appointements. We learnt to adapt financially, however, now our cabs will have to be parked. We now all face times of complete financial uncertainty so time to put our thinking hats on. Happy to help if I can.

      • sarah0 17th May 2020 at 8:45 am

        Wow Anne how devastating!!! I can’t imagine anything more painful or difficult and yet here you are offering help to others. Thank you for sharing.

      • vinevenci2016 21st May 2020 at 2:26 pm

        Wow Anne, it comes to show how resourceful and adaptable we can be in the face of adversity. x

      • Sue-Anne 31st May 2020 at 6:57 pm

        Anne, you and your husband are doing amazing things for your daughter. It must be incredibly tough. I hope she is able to have her operation soon.

      • ginamann13 3rd June 2020 at 6:34 pm

        Goodness Anne, and you sound so very cheerful through it all.

        I hope all goes well for you and your daughter.

        Gina x

      • ljsteward 19th July 2020 at 1:25 pm

        Hello Anne, your post describing your daughter’s illness was so heartfelt and emotional.  I wish there was so much more we could do or suggest.  One thing that comes to my mind is a “Go Fund Me” type of movement that I’ve seen here in the U.S.  I have no idea how to launch something so supportive as that but it certainly deserves some thought.  I pray you find the medical support you need and encourage you to continue to share and seek more support.  I hope others here will continue to respond and continue to share their thoughts.

    • opennarrative 23rd March 2020 at 9:41 am

      Good morning,

      My name is Lorraine and I’m based in Sheffield UK

      Thank you for setting up this group.

      I run my own little publishing business where I create and publish books (journals and diaries) and games that promote self-care and communication. My business is online and as Magdelena mentioned in a previous comment, having an online business does not mean that people are buying.

      Last year I decided to invest in national and local exhibitions and pop up events for 2020. Last week I was devastated as these cancelled and I spent a couple of very emotional days worrying and stressing.

      This, like everything else, passed. I am now concentrating on doing what needs to be done and taking things one day at a time. I work form home anyway so I’m not feeling the stresses that home working is bringing for some.

      The good news is that the air quality around the world is improving.


      Keep safe and keep well.


      • Michelle Rodger 6th May 2020 at 6:58 am

        Hi folks, I’ve just joined and wanted to say hi.  Anne I read your post, and I was taken with your offer to help should someone need it.  What a beautiful gesture given your current circumstances.  A lesson to start my day in gratitude and humility.  Thank you x

      • InStarryLakes 22nd August 2020 at 12:36 pm

        Hi, Lorraine – I was going to reply to you just to say that I’m in Sheffield too, and I’ve suddenly realised that you’re the one whose book I was trying to remember! I saw you at the Xmas Market in Kelham Island last November and have wished I’d bought your diary then. I’ve just bought one for myself and one for my mother, as she’s got a birthday coming up.

    • Steve Cooper 4th April 2020 at 11:48 am

      Hi all.

      I must have missed this forum being set up, but a very welcome and useful one hopefully.

      As Magdalen says, the landscape today, to when this was first discussed over on FB has altered beyond recognition, but there will be opportunities appearing, and of course, the world understands better now that work does not mean office and that what actually keeps the wheels turning, are the SME, not the “bail me out” conglomerates. Will be interesting to see what develops on here in the weeks to come.

      Cheers and take care of all you know – oh and don’t visit Cornwall – Yet 🙂


    • karen50franklin 5th April 2020 at 5:23 pm

      Hi All

      I’ve got a desire to change career direction and work for myself, currently a resource manager. I have a huge interest in fitness and health and love cooking. I wanted to start a meal prep service for people who don’t have time to cook but want to have something healthy to fit around their lifestyle. I was thinking of starting low key and targeting locals …. any suggestions on how to start would be great.
      Thanks Karen

      • Helen Burns 7th April 2020 at 4:56 pm

        Hi Karen

        It’s a great time to start doing research while you’re still employed. I personally don’t have experience setting up a food prep business but the sorts of things that spring to mind include some of the practical aspects, before you get too far along particularly local council permits and licencing and specialist training or certification for food preparation. Whilst we have lots of great business-related and entrepreneurship courses that will help with everything from design to book keeping, we don’t stretch to food hygiene or culinary arts (yet!)

        Wishing you lots of luck and encouragement from this community.

        Helen at Team Rest Less

      • lindacdone 11th May 2020 at 7:16 am

        Hi Karen

        I have been fascinated by the growth in this market.

        We are a family of foodies with store cupboards full of healthy snacks and thought it was hilarious when our daughter ordered her Graze box. (It’s packets of seeds and nuts )Didn’t think it would catch on. Then through work I came across kettle bells kitchen a brilliant concept creating bespoke meals for people training. Now it’s massive so do your research.

        I think if I was thinking of entering this market I would experiment with target audiences? I suspect our age group are less likely to buy box meals but perhaps if I had a single elderly parent it might be a way of helping them maintain independence and avoid waste. Just a thought.



      • Michele Eckford 13th May 2020 at 2:34 pm

        I’m interested to follow your journey.   I’ve always learnt the most from reading about how others manage life.  And I feel being apart of a network of like minded people has strength.  My situation now being in my 60s is not knowing what to do with my skills & energy which I have a lot of.  Retiring also does not appeal to me.  I am keen to be involved in encouraging health & fitness self management, especially to those in the 50s + age group.

        • ginamann13 3rd June 2020 at 6:33 pm

          Hi Michele

          It is a great time to be looking for something to do yourself and which you can run from home online and with your interest in  health & wellness, well there are so many options.

          I suggest you do some research into companies offering these products and see what resonates.

          Your comment about wanting to be involved with a supportive community is spot on for what I do!

          I would love to share what I do, which is in health & wellness – my passion is showing people that we do have a choice about how we age and we can age with vitality and that is my aim!  I want to be that 92 year old woman who can climb Mount Kilimanjaro!  I actually have no desire to ever do that but I want to have the choice and be fit enough if I want to!

          If what I do doesnt float your boat, happy to give you some names of other companies that might resonate more with you.


    • chrisstephenson7 7th April 2020 at 2:11 am

      Hi my names Christine i had to give up my business last year due to health problems, I am one of the waspi women so cant get my pension till 66 and though it would be difficult getting a job at my age they all seem to want the younger ones plus i have problems sitting or standing for too long so i though i would try and get something thats not physical ie online i alsoo cant claim anything because of my partnerso dont get anything from anywhere. So i took a selling on Amazon course,  through alison.com and just as i have just completed the course then of course the corona virus hit and Amazon are not taking anything in their wharehouse now. plus ive been told to stay in due to underlying health problems. i dont want to give up but it seems as though my timing is wrong for everything. i know most people are in the same boat at thee moment. ive been self employed a lot in my life and also worked for other people 3 or 4 jobs at a time. i just dont know where to go from here now. ive applied for work at the dwp and hope that come off and i get it,just have to wait at the moment. if anyone has any ideas. i would like to be self employed again online if possible then if im in pain i can do it in my own time and make up the hours when im not in pain. If anyone has any ideas i would greatly appreciate it. And i wish that you all stay safe and well during this terrible time we ar all going through at the moment


      • Helen Burns 7th April 2020 at 5:02 pm

        Welcome to the entrepreneurs group, Christine. Sorry to hear you’ve had a tough time of it recently, it sounds frustrating.

        As you say, though, we have to wait at the moment and stay open to all possibilities. Not always easy but using this time to continue researching your on-line product range, improving your knowledge of digital marketing, experimenting with new forms of communication, will all stand you in great stead when things start to move again.

        Wishing you all the best.

      • Sarah Harper 10th May 2020 at 10:49 am

        Hi Christine. I was forced to give up work due to a health condition 4 years ago. On the days I feel ok I wanted something to do that made me feel good, and would bring in some income. I was introduced to Tropic skincare last year. Its cruelty free and vegan friendly so I loved it straightaway. Then I tried the products and they have made such a difference to my skin and my confidence. I loved it that much I became an ambassador and started selling it this year. We have kept going through Covid 19 doing virtual Pampers and on line training. The support is amazing and I can do as much or as little as I want depending how I feel. You make it work for you. I am happy to tell you more about it. Not sure how to private message or if I can give my details but my email is [email protected]

        Sarah x





      • ginamann13 3rd June 2020 at 6:28 pm

        Hi Christine

        There are so many options out there now for people to work online from home, it is a great time to get involved in having your own business which you can pick up and put down according to how you feel ( I have found that vital for me as I suffer with periodic depression).

        What I would suggest is you pick something that you can feel passionate about.  For me, it is health & wellness and I am super passionate about it and I love the products and lifestyle that I am promoting.  I have always been interested in natural products and so now live in a total aloe vera bubble which is the main USP of my company.

        Happy to have a chat about this if you are at all interestd in health & wellness, otherwise, if this doesnt float your boat, what could you get passionate about?  I know quite a few people who do what I do but with different companies and products.

        Gina x




    • Michele Eckford 13th May 2020 at 2:58 pm

      I am keen to be involved in encouraging ladies 50s+ on health & fitness self management.   Body/mind needs attention during menopause & post menopausal stages and there are so many of us out there who don’t know enough. The internet does help but there are too many schools of thought.  How can I start?  Retiring does not appeal to me.   I am a skilled and active women ready to get going, but where do I start?

      • Helen Burns 18th May 2020 at 12:53 pm

        Hi Michele, it sounds as though you and Sarah (below) might have a topic interest in common.

        I wasn’t sure from your question whether it was the starting a business aspect that you were unsure of where to start with, or the topic of health and fitness pre- and post- menopause? If it’s the latter, personal experience and interest areas are a great start to an enquiry. Think about the things you wish you’d known, the game changers in your own journey, the people who’ve influenced you and the tools and resources that have helped you or close friends. Start with curiosity, rather than a specific outcome, in the early stages and the services that are in demand will, most likely, appear out of the research. Find a problem or need and fix or fulfill it.

        As far as how to start a business, a great place to start is with the end in mind, as that will determine many, many decisions. Why do you want your own business? Is it for financial freedom or time freedom? Is it to be the author of your own destiny or because you don’t want an ‘office job’? Do you see yourself growing to hire others? How do you think you’ll find clients? Do you want to work with people in person? Will you retail products? Or are you a sharer of information?

        There are so many great resources out there – Future Learn have a multi-module course “Starting a Business” which is currently FREE on our courses page, to name just one option.

        Wishing you lots of luck.

    • sarah0 17th May 2020 at 9:01 am

      Hi I’m Sarah,

      I’m on my third career now at 56. I am a homoeopath which I came to via a long and windy road including international sales, then corporate innovation consultant / trainer, and finally after a third degree, this time a BSc in Homeopathy, a homoeopath – which I have been loving for eight years now. My specialty is treating and coaching women going through menopause. I love what I do and lockdown has encouraged me to start doing webinars. I spent 15 years as a corporate trainer and it’s so good to get back to it, even though I miss doing it the old-fashioned, face-to-face way. I’m doing webinars on learning to self-prescribe homeopathic medicines at the moment but am considering converting my corporate talks on menopause into webinar format. But I’m unsure of what the interest level would be. I guess this is a good place to ask. Anybody here feel they’d be interested in learning about natural approaches to managing menopause ?

      • angeles2466 23rd May 2020 at 1:43 pm


        As someone who believes that all things natural are best  , the holistic approach to menopause sounds brilliant .

        I look forward to receiving some feed back from you.  🙂



      • capri888 25th May 2020 at 8:10 pm

        Yes definitely

      • Lainey 21st June 2020 at 6:47 pm


        I read your post with interest about the menopause. I am 50 and was told in 2018 I was peri-menopausal but think i am menopausal now. The past few years have been tough and I think the worst bit for me has been the onset of anxiety and I thought I was going mad really. I felt like I did not have my finger on the pulse with day to day things and I also had an unstable thyroid too.  I have been cleaning up my mind, body and spirit over the past year or so determined to not let this thing take over my life but at times it feels like it does. It helps me being outside in nature and having walks.


      • capri888 4th July 2020 at 10:33 pm

        Definitely, although my symptoms are not showing up as yet , I’m sure they will do.

    • cazzyboo 23rd May 2020 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Everyone,

      I’m Carol, a former Deputy Head Teacher. I’ve worked in education for most of my life, and added to this with an M.Ed. in Psychology and counselling and mediation training as so many young people were suffering from mental health problems.
      Nowadays in looking at health and well-being at the other end of the spectrum- I have a training programme called Retirement for Punks (c) and deliver to local authorities and businesses on Safeguarding in the Workplace, Resilience and a variety of other areas. None of these ideas make a great deal of money, but not a bad ‘side-hustle’!

      • lindacdone 23rd July 2020 at 2:35 pm

        I think the time for this business is now. You have the skills to go into a business and offer a training package which not only looks at team building but also ensures the co have the tools to monitor wellbeing and physcological safety.

        It’s very current and should be worth a handsome fee?

    • darrentear 25th May 2020 at 9:45 am


      I am a Car Broker in North Yorkshire. I focus on sourcing your new or used car at the very best price from my network of over 70 dealerships. All used cars are Approved Used meaning they have a full Service History and all the checks before going on sale. I advise and negotiate the very best finance package for you as I am an Appointed Representative of the FCA. I can also sell your used vehicle for you to my network of buyers with no fuss.

      My services are free to you as I am paid introduction fees by the trade. I look forward to not selling you a car but helping you buy one.

      Many thanks


    • tsmsilvers 30th May 2020 at 8:21 am


      I am Terry. I am a sole trader and do historical tours of London. Do contact me if u fancy a bespoke tour!

    • Sue-Anne 31st May 2020 at 7:02 pm

      What a lovely idea to allow entrepreneurs and would-be-entrepreneurs to connect like this and exchange stories and suggestions.  I think a lot of people reach a stage in their 50s and 60s where, with plenty of energy and enthusiasm still to give, they decide to set up a business of their own.  Maybe they’ve always dreamed of it or maybe they’ve just come to realise it’s not such a crazy idea after all. Whatever the reason, it’s to be admired and encouraged. It is never too late.

      I am in my mid-fifties and just about to wave off the last of my children to university (or at least I was before Covid!) Of course I’ve seen the empty nest looming for some time and knew I needed to start thinking about a new direction for me. I wanted to create something both fun and useful, so knowing how many older women struggle to find travel companions, decided to set up a homestay community for females over 50. It’s been a hugely steep learning curve – working out how to adapt a marketplace website, figuring out how to verify everyone, learning how to get the message out on social media and through relevant websites – but it’s also been incredibly rewarding. The hours are long and I am now doing it alone after having started with a partner, but I feel like I am making my mark and doing something creative and entrepreneurial which I have always wanted to do. Best of all, I wake up every day genuinely excited about “going to work”.  So many older women want to be adventurous, traveling and exploring new places, but find it difficult to do so on their own. It’s great to be able to offer something safe, easy and affordable for them … and for me!

      Yes, COVID has thrown us a curve ball, but I think once lockdown lifts, a lot of people’s travel habits will change. There will likely be a lot less air travel, at least in the short term, and perhaps a move towards more sustainable travel in general. By building a network of friendly women willing to open their homes in each country, members can choose whether to venture abroad or whether to just enjoy a series of regular mini-breaks a little closer to home.

      • ginamann13 3rd June 2020 at 6:39 pm

        Hi Sue-Anne

        What a wonderful idea!  Quite often us women are left alone as we get older and having this option available is great.  I would love to help promote it for you.  Are you active on FaceBook or LinkedIn?  those are the two platforms I use most and would love to connect and help.  I am also in quite a few great support groups for women in business which I think you would fine very helpful.


      • lindacdone 23rd July 2020 at 2:30 pm

        Is the idea to find a travel companion or offer a place to stay?


      • teri-mitchell 23rd July 2020 at 8:52 pm

        Hi Sue-Anne,

        Your Home Stay business sounds a fabulous idea. I’d be really interested to learn more as I love to travel and always keen to find places to stay where I’d not feel out of place on my own.

      • capri888 24th July 2020 at 8:40 pm

        Hi Sue Anne , please tell us the link for your business it sounds a great idea !

      • ljsteward 1st August 2020 at 2:35 am

        Hello Sue-Anne

        I can relate to so many things you mentioned –  “It’s never too late.”; “It’s been a hugely steep learning curve” and “I am making my mark and doing something creative and entrepreneurial which I have always wanted to do. Best of all, I wake up every day genuinely excited about “going to work.”

        I have truly found my tribe here. It’s great to rub elbows with so many of you rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done!  This September I turn 77.  I don’t think about how long I can keep going – I don’t even want to forecast.  All I know is that this challenge has got me so engaged, I’m certain I will plug away for a long time.

        You do have a great idea.  It will be interesting to learn more about it and give you some promotion over here in the States.

    • fairbarn 20th June 2020 at 2:56 pm

      Hi all,

      Im 58 years old and have had my own business for twenty two years. We produce carriers bags of all types and we also produce all types of packaging boxes from folding cartons to high end presentation boxes.

      If I can be of help or offer advice to anyone please let me know.

      kind regards


    • ljsteward 6th July 2020 at 10:12 pm

      Hello everyone,

      I am in this category as well although I’m feeling guilty in that I live in South Carolina, U.S.A.  However, being online does it make any difference?  A friend in England told me about this site and I have been blown away by what is offered here.  I am 76 and have started an online community to support those in retirement who want to continue earning an income.  My purpose being here is to appreciate how professional structured this site is serving the 50+ community and join conversations to add any value I can. My biggest coaching challenge is finding ways to work around Corvid-19 for those who want to start a business now or land a job when so many are unemployed and isolated.  We have never experienced anything like this.

      • Sue-Anne 1st August 2020 at 1:29 pm

        I love that you started a community at 76. It’s really all about attitude. You can be old at 25 if that’s the way you choose to look at life. What’s the name of your online community in the States? I’m sure there are loads of niche businesses worth starting now even with COVID. Look at how online communications and sales have thrived. And PPE manufacturing. And restaurants which quickly adapted to deliver.  I even know hairdressers who delivered home dye sets with instructions and set up home hair-maintenance videos! I hope SisterStay will also blossom as people start to question what’s really important to them…

        • ljsteward 1st August 2020 at 10:59 pm

          I appreciate your comments and support Sue-Anne.  My online community name is http://www.reinventu.coach.  It may not be accessible yet as I just changed the name and it needs time to take effect.  As a Transition Life Coach, I am focusing on the process of helping people in retirement and want to work, those leaving the military and those who are not happy with their current work – reinvent themselves for a better future.

          I like your comments about the type of new services that are popping up during this new normal.  Hairdressers delivering home dye sets with hair-maintenance videos – now that’s a home run!!  I’m cheering for SisterStay too.

    • sami2003 21st July 2020 at 9:10 am

      Hi to everyone.

      My name is Sami at the age of 63 and have been living in London for 25 years. My job was a Student Coach and run through the project was called Erasmus, dealing with students who willing to study and make research in the EU and worldwide.

      I am currently interested in Sustainability of human and nature projects. And have already joined many groups and activities here in the UK and in Turkey.

      The group that I  have been as a member, situated in Yalova, Turkey, at the shore of Marmara Sea, close to Istanbul, they have their camp and accomodation in the country site and all members of the group would welcome you to join into their work and become friend of the group members, even though they would like to invite and meet up with you in their place.

      As they have workshops in agricultural practices, they also have many courses and activities in arts; music and school’s subjects.

      Should any member of the site interested in contact, share ideas and give some suggestions regarding sustainability, Communicate in English Language and visiting their camps, I would be happy to hear from you.

      Best Regards.


      [email protected]

    • gerry.vincent 24th July 2020 at 3:12 pm


      Very interesting thread. I’m currently helping my husband (ex BBC broadcast producer and university lecturer) pivot and set up a podcasting and media training company. He would love to teach journalism/lecture again but opportunities are very limited currently.
      With his understanding of storytelling, programme-making and audio packages, podcasting seemed an obvious alternative and something he could continue during lockdown as well as (one day) combine with teaching. He also has a fascination for oral history which podcasting lends itself to well. I’m a marketing professional so developing a website for him was my priority. I have to say, he’s learning the commercial (reality) side as he goes along!

    • jerry.c.a.marshall 30th July 2020 at 8:09 pm

      I love setting up businesses, so much so that I wrote a step by step workbook to help people know what business (or social enterprise) is right for them and whether it’s viable. It’s free, at http://www.mindyourownbusiness.uk/resources . There are also free templates and a link to 13 podcasts covering the series, which went out over lockdown.

      I especially value ‘impact businesses’, i.e. for profit businesses with social purposes. In 2012 I set up a tech company in Bethlehem, Palestine, to create jobs and skills that would survive lockdown (!), model integrity and gender equality and create relationships across the divide. We now have 140 staff but aiming for 1000. http://www.transcend.ps

    • deejay.ross.dr 31st July 2020 at 4:45 pm


      I am  currently off work with work related stress and I am considering working for myself as found it much better working from home.

      The problem is I do not know which path to go down. I have taught business, accounts, maths and english.  I have worked as an administrator and bookkeeper.  I am a qualified Reiki Master and really enjoy helping friends and family including pets but have never used this in business. I really enjoy this type of work as it is stress free.

      I am also quite a crafter.

      I am the only bread winner and need to do something  for my last years that isnot stressful as stress has lead to my voice loss for 2.5 years.


      I would appreciate any guidance and thoughts.

      I cannot carry on with the life I have as it will end up killing me so need to do something.


    • lindacdone 1st August 2020 at 11:05 am

      Hi Guys

      I am compiling a book of poems and anecdotes laughing at my 50s. I am working with an illustrator and I have quotes from some ladies I follow on Instagram who I hope will help me with marketing. I am going to go down the ebook route via amazon initially but would like to ask if anyone has any experience self publishing via an agent. What was your experience and costs etc? I had tracked a lady – Lynne? for help before but this site doesn’t let me search for past comments so I can’t find it.


    • bill.connerty 2nd August 2020 at 9:08 am

      We are looking for agents or private people who could be interested in sending us clients who would like to buy a retiremnt or holiday

      property in Spain on the Costa Blanca and Murcia .

      We pay good commissions. We have been established over 25 years and all the property legal paperwork is checked by the company Solicitor.

      Pleas contact [email protected]. 0034609619419



    • runner49uk 20th August 2020 at 12:13 pm

      Hi everyone

      I’m David and I am so pleased there is a forum like this-especially as I am about to embark on a new career at the beginning of 2021!

      First of all a little background if I may: I will be 69 next month and have spent most of my working life in the service of others in stable (often uniformed) careers such as: 9 years in the Army, 2 years in the NHS Ambulance Service, 5 years as a Registered Nurse, and the last 20 years as a university lecturer in nursing (at 2 different universities). I went part time in June then decided to retire fully at the end of this year from my lecturer post (a bit scary after all this time but I did feel a massive weight lifting off my shoulders!). I qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2017-though apart from family I haven’t trained anyone for fees yet! I will start my own business in January though I am moving from Essex in October (when I can find a nice place to rent in Suffolk-maybe in Woodbridge/Aldeburgh or a nice village in a country area-I just want to live somewhere pretty and inspiring!), so I won’t know where my client base will be until then! I am fully aware that it will take time to build my business but I am so looking forward to it (albeit nervous!) as I am the stage where I feel life has so much more to offer and if I can help others to enjoy their life more fully by using my services then that’s all I ask. I will provide my website address below so you can have a look and let me know what you think? I look forward to hearing/reading about other entrepreneurs and like minded people on this site who have decided to follow their dreams-whatever they are!



      Thanks for taking the time to read this

      Best wishes


      • ljsteward 20th August 2020 at 8:44 pm

        Hi David,
        I enjoyed reading your story.  I also looked up your site.  I can relate to much of your background and determination now to offer back to the world.  I live in the U.S. but learned about this site and signed up quickly.  I will turn 77 in September and I’m here because I reinvented myself as a Transition Life Coach to support those who feel it’s time for them to reinvent themselves.  I served as a medic with the Marine infantry and ended up becoming wounded in the Vietnam war.  A few more things we have in common.  I just wanted to say I’m impressed with what you’re doing.  Like you, I’m doing my best to inspire people as well that age doesn’t matter.  If you have something to offer, let the world know and feel proud your making an important contribution that especially now is greatly welcomed.

        • runner49uk 21st August 2020 at 9:36 am


          Many thanks for your encouraging response to my post-very much appreciated. Best wishes to you, and in your reinvented life helping others to do the same!

    • philbranigan 10th November 2020 at 6:13 am

      I don’t actually have a business but I’m thinking about it. As a programmer all my life I have designed and built apps, software and websites for so many diverse corporations. I feel like it’s time now to branch out into doing something for myself. I have been doing a lot of research and it seems that most people can create an online business platform for themselves very cheaply and easily. My speciality is privacy and security so if anyone wants any help with configurations, settings and general advice on installing components, modules Etc. just let me know. My great strength is troubleshooting. I explore and find out how computer code works and I correct errors and work on improvements. The most popular platform at the moment is WordPress so I’m concentrating on that first. Get in touch if you need a hand.

    • jerry.c.a.marshall 11th January 2021 at 3:29 pm

      I know I’ve mentioned the free workbook before, but I’m also now running a programme on Zoom going through the workbook, free for unemployed people or those in any financial hardship. Starts 26 Jan. It’s to provide support, encouragement and practical help. Look at the web page for more information.

    • Sjer 18th January 2021 at 11:31 pm

      Hello all. After over 25 years working for a franchise, I decided it was time to put my advice into practice myself and set up my own business.

      We offer gentle self-guided electric bike holidays in the National Forest area, where we live. Like many businesses, Covid is a nightmare. I’ve put the downtime to good use getting a range of walking holidays ready to launch. We’re well placed once people are able to enjoy holidays, as the area has lots to see and do, but is still undiscovered by mass tourism, making it much quieter.

      Definitely no regrets at breaking free from the 9 to 5. Just wish I’d done it sooner!

    • jerry.c.a.marshall 31st January 2021 at 9:32 am