Many older adults would prefer to be
engaged in their own business. Some
have been or still are successful
entrepreneurs and business owners, and
they may want to explore a new kind of
entrepreneurial endeavor that’s more in
tune with an inner desire they have always felt
strongly about but never pursued. Others have similar desires
but never owned a business, and now, with the help of savings or
investments they have accumulated, are ready to take the
plunge. And then there are the risk-takers. These folks have
typically always been risk-takers, starting businesses throughout
the course of their adult lives that may have succeeded
temporarily or failed miserably. They are simply unable to work
for others and will doggedly pursue the next entrepreneurial
adventure with rigor.
Resources for Older Adult Entrepreneurs:
Fed Small Business, Special Report: “The State of the Older
Entrepreneur During Covid 19” - Older entrepreneurs are the
majority of small business owners, yet they faced outsized
challenges this year, including business closures, depletion of
personal assets, and weakened revenue streams. These impacts
were even more pronounced for older entrepreneurs of color.
Giraffe Heroes Project - This nonprofit honors compassionate
risk-takes who are largely unknown people who have the courage
to stick their nexks out for the common good, in the U.S. and
around the world.
The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship:
Empowering a Silver Economy - Mission is to activate a global
movement that taps into the experience of the 50+ - the largest
talent pool in history - to redefine the future of work and
traditional retirement across all generations, cultures and
Next Avenue’s Work & Purpose Starting a Business Archive -
Mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older
Americans through the power of media. Invites readers to
consider what is next, what lies just ahead and what will be
revealed in their lives.
America's Entrepreneurs - Next Avenue covers America's
Entrepreneurs, showcasing the know-how and spirit of people
over 50 who have started their own businesses or hope to do so.
Kauffman Entrepreneurs – The Ewing Marion Kauffman
Foundation created entrerpreneuriship.org as an online resource
for people growing great ideas. Discover content based on the
stage of the business you are in.
ProBlogger – Home of bloggers wanting to create and grow their
blogs, and then go professional to make money blogging.
Features more than 8,000 posts with blogging advice, tips, and in-
depth tutorials alongside the latest blogging trends.
Startup Nation - Content crafted by entrepreneurs for
entrepreneurs, offering insights for personal growth through in-
the-trenches, how-to content authored by subject matter experts,
thought leaders and business professionals.
Entrepreneur – Enormous site with everything from videos,
webinars, newsletters, books, podcasts, articles, and a magazine.
Agreda Communications - Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano grew
their full-service marketing communications firm for ten years in
a remote small town. In 2007, they hit the road in a fifth wheel
trailer with their dog Jerry after he lost a leg to cancer. They have
been full-time RVers ever since—working from home, in their
Jason Stapleton – American entrepreneur, speaker, and
marketing and brand consultant. Helps other entrepreneurs with
established businesses maximize their profits.
PBS News Hour Unfinished Business Episode on Older Adult
Entrepreneurs - Entrepreneurs are often imagined as twenty-
something recent college dropouts. But in fact, people ages 45 to
64 start businesses at higher rates than do their younger peers --
and plenty of seniors are in startup mode, too.
Revolutionize Retirerment - We owe it to ourselves to reflect on
our life, harvest our experiences, perspective and wisdom and
live our life with intention so we don’t reach the end of our life
with regrets. Our goal is to discover our gift, live our purpose and
to help make a difference for our world and planet.
Side Husl - Researches, reviews and rates more than 350 online
platforms that allow you to make money. Just hit what you want
to do — work, rent or sell — and we’ll show you the possibilities.
Wise Seniors in Business - Specializes in advising people over 50
who are unemployed for a variety of reasons (voluntary or early
retirement, lay-offs related to company restructuring or COVID-
19, or those simply looking for a career change later in life) about
how to become self-employed.
“When I am working
on a problem, I never
think about beauty,
but when I have
finished, if the
solution is not
beautiful, I know it is
- R. Buckminster Fuller