If retirement is on your horizon and you are considering what options you have, you might be thinking about starting a business. There are plenty of opportunities, and as a retired service member, you know you have skills and abilities that would make entrepreneurship a great option. You can create the business of your dreams at your final duty station where your spouse can join you when they retire, too.
Maybe you’ve always dreamed of starting your own business. Maybe it’s never crossed your mind. Now that you’re coming close to retirement, it’s something to think about. So, is this the right path for you?
Why do you want to start your own business? Think deeply about this. These are not reasons like making money or something to do while you wait for your spouse to retire. These reasons go a lot deeper. Reasons behind your WHY may be creating stability for your family, following the dream career you’ve always wanted, or creating the flexibility for vacationing whenever you want. Or maybe as a retiree, it’s so you won’t have to travel again.
If you begin a business, what will you be doing and are you truly passionate about it? Being an entrepreneur takes work and commitment. You don’t want to find yourself stuck in a business doing something you don’t enjoy. This is the time to follow your passion and do something you enjoy.
Would starting a business be based on skills you already have or would it require new skills? You could go either way. Working with skills you already have will make things go quicker and you’ll be able to get started sooner. However, you can always learn new skills before you start.
Many people look at this as an opportunity to continue or return to education. This is a great time to look at the skills you’ve acquired during your career, hobbies you have, or other interests that you could build into a business opportunity.
Now that you’re thinking about your WHY, passions, and skills, it’s time to think about what you need to make it happen. Veterans are 45% more likely to create successful businesses than civilians. Veterans have leadership, organizational, and strategic skills that make them ideal candidates for entrepreneurship. But what do you need to know?
Before starting your business, start by:
You can start a business after retirement and ensure you spend the next several years doing what you enjoy. Veterans have many skills that make them highly qualified entrepreneurs and there are many resources available to help them along the way.
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