Live the Best Years of Your Life - the Golden Years

By: Andrew Van Valer

Want to retire? Retired and looking to enhance your lifestyle? Are you ready to join the 10 million Americans who are starting a new business? Starting a Personal Franchise opens up opportunities that will help you leverage your skill set to increase your income rather then decrease your savings. I went to a recent Financial Planners for Dummies seminar and I was frustrated at the message the speaker gave. She told them to plan on working until they could not work any longer and learn to live below their means.

After we had a discussion. My suggestions were about how seniors who are retiring should actually find their passion, use that to start a business and use the business to live the lives they want - traveling, helping others, donating or whatever excites them. The question I asked her was - Do you know how many more opportunities they would have to solve their problems with a business; healthcare, income, keeping active and supporting the community? Her main concern was - they are too afraid.

I don't think you are afraid, you just don't know how or why. A recent study by the Kauffman Foundation found that men and women of every age and background are starting their own businesses. In fact, creating a new business is more common in the U.S. than setting up a new household or having a child.

So what about you? Are you ready to find a business that matches your passion?.Are you ready to get started? You might ask yourself where do I get started? One way is through a low cost of entry Personal Franchise. It gives people an opportunity to learn while doing. Most of the good opportunities have systems in place and take you step by step through the business building process.

There are many ways to research and prepare for your business. There are also many people who would like you to pay them to help you. It would be hard to even count the number of business start-up guides, programs, schemes, scams, materials, and deals. There's a harsh and dramatic shift under way, from expected security to an unpredictable volatility. Technology is rendering entire careers extinct, and global competition is forcing companies to shed workers and cut costs to the bone.

Most of us were raised to think that all we needed to achieve success and security was to finish school, get a job with the right company, put in 35 years or so, and wait for the proverbial gold watch. It worked for my mother and father. But those days are over, never to return. In today's volatile workplace, the average job lasts a mere 3.2 years. Companies are dismantling pension plans, cutting health insurance benefits, and replacing the gold watch with a pink slip. Which leads to a second inescapable reality: in a workplace where jobs come and go like feathers in the breeze, we must have a sense of continuity in our lives that goes far beyond our daily job. To be continually focused on a job as the source for meaning and identity is ultimately frustrating. A job is simply one tool for a successful life - a business based on your passion and dreams are a solution.

Before committing yourself to a particular company, you need to evaluate it. Is it a valid company? Are you right for this type of business? Do you know what product you have passion for? Is the company and the people you associate yourself with run them with honesty and the highest ethics?

There are already many people who can teach from a book or knowledge, but there is nothing better then actually doing it. What better then a home based business - Personal Franchise. Operate it from your RV, cabin, second home or retirement home.

Please enjoy life to the fullest.

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