Your Post-Career Career: Why It's Never Too Late to Become an Entrepreneur
Not every retiree is interested in rest and relaxation. Some need the drive of work to keep them entertained and engaged with life. Though seldom discussed, there are many options for people who aren’t interested in a monotonous and unstimulating post-career life.
According to this study, 47% of retiree's say that they have worked, or planned to work in retirement, and 72% of pre-retirees age 50+ say they want to continue working into retirement. But 51% of employed American's are actively looking for a new job. Retirees are often continuing their current job, even one they may not love or may be overqualified for, simply because they aren't aware that there are other options out there.
Many think that by the time you’re considering retirement, you’ve past the point of being able to open a business, but
it’s never too late to become an entrepreneur.
Franchising a business is a perfect option for those getting near to the end of their career, or just those looking to reinvent their lives. The feeling that franchising a business is out-of-reach is outdated and untrue, on the contrary, it’s not too hard to get started.
There are different levels of involvement for different types of franchises. There are franchises that you can run in your spare time, for example, Naturals2Go. Owning this type of franchise means owning a vending machine full of healthy snacks. This is an easily scalable business that can expand with your interest, and how much you put into it. A perfect opportunity for those looking to simply diversify their business holdings.
Other franchise options are more committal, something you’d need to invest much more time and energy into. For this second avenue of franchising, it’d function like a second career. A restart for those with the hunger to work hard and devote more time towards the success of their business. This would be more like a Dickey’s Barbeque Pit®. This is one of many examples of restaurant franchises that are available for franchising.
Owning a franchise is one of the most promising post-career careers out there. Instead of a drab life of endless repetition, you could run a business all of your own. If and when the business gets to be too much for just you, involving your family and friends could prove a great long term solution, for you and for them. Or maybe you step away from one business, because another franchise is waiting for you just around the corner.
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Talking with Current Franchise Owners
Reading through a FDD is a key part of your research, but it can’t answer all the potential questions you might have about how it is to actually operate a given franchise. The best way to do this is actually to start talking to current franchisees. The best way is to this is to call or visit a franchisee, don’t just email them. You might need to be a bit persistent, but if you are then you can get all of your questions and concerns answered.
The Best Automotive Franchise Opportunities in the USA
The automotive industry has long been an attractive category for aspiring franchise owners. There are nearly as many different types of automotive franchises as there are services and offerings for cars, such as maintenance, repairs, or car rentals. And regardless of the economy or gas prices,the number of automotive franchises is expected to grow due to rising car ownership in developing countries, new car sales, and maintenance and repair of older cars that continue to roam the world's expanding roadways.
How to Fund Your Franchise Acquisition
Even if you have all of the required start-up capital sitting in your bank account, and even if you have mentally prepared to invest a considerable sum into a franchise, you may be wary of risking your very bottom dollar for the new venture. There are alternatives, including raising debt or equity funding, but both of these options come with a set of benefits and drawbacks that you'll need to weigh carefully before committing to any particular path.