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  • 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.



    Posted by aislinggray
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    • Reply by chrisstephenson7

      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


      • Reply by ginamann13

        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




      • Reply by Sarah Harper

        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





        • Reply by l.litherland

          Hi Sarah,

          I would also be interested in learning more about the tropic range and potentially becoming an ambassador. Please message me at [email protected]

          Many thanks


        • Reply by snowelf1610

          Hi Sarah,

          I would also be interested in the selling of the tropic skincare products, my email is [email protected]


          Thank you


        • Reply by justasklynna

          Hi Sarah

          I’m also interested in selling your skincare products. Please get in touch at [email protected]



        • Reply by chisha249

          Hi Sarah, I would be interested in finding out more about becoming an ambassador for Tropic skincare as they sound like excellent products. Are you able to email me some information on [email protected]



      • Reply by Helen Burns

        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.

    • Reply by karen50franklin

      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

      • Reply by Michele Eckford

        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.

        • Reply by ginamann13

          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.


      • Reply by lindacdone

        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.



      • Reply by Helen Burns

        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

    • Reply by Steve Cooper

      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 🙂


    • Reply by opennarrative

      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.


      • Reply by InStarryLakes

        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.

      • Reply by Michelle Rodger

        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

    • Reply by Anne Buckingham(Pau)

      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.

      • Reply by ljsteward

        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.

      • Reply by ginamann13

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

        I hope all goes well for you and your daughter.

        Gina x

      • Reply by Sue-Anne

        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.

      • Reply by vinevenci2016

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

      • Reply by sarah0

        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.

    • Reply by droylecatering

      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!



      • Reply by aislinggray

        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.

    • Reply by bill.connerty

      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.


      • Reply by ginamann13

        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?



      • Reply by nikkigoddard3

        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

        • Reply by bill.connerty

          Hi Nikki ,

          It will be a pleasure to talk to you .

          My contact details are .Tel 609619419

          Email  [email protected]


          Many thanks


      • Reply by aislinggray

        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.

        • Reply by bill.connerty

          Hi Aisling ,

          Many thanks for you great idea .

          Wishing you all the best in the future

          Best regards

          Bill Connerty

          Best regards

          Bill Connerty

    • Reply by aislinggray

      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 🙂

      • Reply by keithstewart


        Enjoy the time. To reflect. Also to do nothing.

        What will people want in the future as lockdowns end across the world and how can you fit that?

        Are there other avenues with your skills – teaching a language online?


      • Reply by Anonymous User

        Online Language lessons

    • Reply by magdalena.pasnikowska

      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?

    • Reply by paul

      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.


      • Reply by scottess345

        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

      • Reply by griffithsmary4

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

      • Reply by Andrea Woolf


        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


        • Reply by marionreiki

          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 !

    • Reply by l.litherland

      Hi Jo,

      I would be interested in finding out more about your part time business. Perhaps you could send me some more information at [email protected]



    • Reply by justasklynna

      Hi Joanna

      I’m in a similar position to Christine, though thankfully, without the health problems. I’d be interested in learning more about what you’re doing. Please come back to me at [email protected]



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