Over the last few weeks, I’ve been interviewing Silver Starters about their businesses, and a surprising trend has emerged. From what I’ve heard, and reflected in one of our surveys, it seems like the term entrepreneur doesn’t feel like a good fit for most Silver Starters.
Meet Mike Mutsaerts. He’s a Silver Starter who left a very comfortable corporate position as VP with Expedia Cruiseship Centers to creating a franchise consulting business, Franchise Success On the surface, it looks like an easy lateral step for Mike from franchise development to franchise consulting. But between quitting his job and starting his business, he spent two years offering free mentorship to people either wanting to start a franchise or in one looking to grow.
When you are starting a new mission-driven business when you are over 50, despite your 20 to 30 years of experience, you may find yourself staring at a credibility gap. You may be asked to prove your bona fides in your new passion-fuelled endeavour.