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You’re Never Too Old To Start A Business - Simple Steps To Get Started

 
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I hated hearing success stories of people who reached huge success early on in life. There were amazing dancers who started dancing at age 4 and graced stages on broadway by their mid-teens. There were gymnasts doing backflips since they could walk and earning medals before their twenties.

Then there were the Mark Zuckerburg's of the world, creating million dollar websites in dorm rooms.

These stories never inspired me. Instead, I thought about how I spent my youth ignoring my teachers, playing video games and sleeping while others chased dreams.

I spent my teens thinking about cute boys and prepping for college only to use those college years clubbing and chasing a degree I didn't use.

When I finally had the desire to build a business, I couldn't help but wonder "Am I too late?"

Comparing myself to these people who had big dreams since birth, I worried that I was too old to start something. I worried my time had passed. I was in my mid-twenties. (I know, silly right?)

Once I started building Thrive Lounge, I realized that many of the women who were in my courses and hosting Vision Board parties were in their 50's - completely debunking fears that I had in my early twenties. They showed me that starting a business at 50 or older is totally possible……you just have to get started.

But really… Am I Too Old?

Quite simply…… no.

 At age 87, my Great Grandmother serves as an usher in her church and makes extra income from home by babysitting - after being retired for nearly 30 years.

 You are unable to start a business when you can no longer create or communicate, and to be honest that has nothing to do with age. It has to do with ability.

 As long as you can create value in this world, you can exchange that value for profit.

 

Why Should I Start A Business Now?

There are a lot of reasons you might want to start a business and I've listed some below. Before you get started creating anything, you'll want to understand exactly why you want a business.

Having a solid reason why will help you to follow through when times get rough.

 

Supplement your retirement income

Many Americans do not save enough during their working years to fully fund their retirement. Starting a side hustle while you're working can help you boost your savings and help with retirement catch-up.

If you’ve already retired, then starting a side hustle can help give you a better quality of life during your remaining retirement years.

 

Retire Early

Others may have done a great job saving during their working years, but want to leave their job a bit earlier than they anticipated. Maybe your job no longer fulfills you or you feel that a different purpose is calling you.

A side business can help you close the gap between the retirement savings you have and what you need to sustain your lifestyle until you are able to tap into those funds.

 

Fill your soul with the work of your choosing

If you've spent years working in a place that drains your spirit or energy, then you might simply be ready to do something for YOU. And that is 100% OK.

Starting a side hustle or business while you're still in the work force can help you to pay off debt and save extra money. Over time, you can grow your business enough to be able to quit your day job and transition into the business that you created for yourself.

 

Help the people you want to help

When you start your own business, you get to choose the people you help. I decided to start Thrive Lounge because I wanted to help women like me - the women who felt like they gave too much, dug themselves too deep in a hole and lost themselves in the service of others. I wanted to help these women find their identity, create a lifestyle they love without judgment.

 

Create the lifestyle you want after the kids have left home

The older you get, the older your children will get too. They'll need you less, and eventually, they won't need you at all. Those little people that dictated your schedule, are all grown up and your schedule is yours to fill with the activities of your choosing.

  

Share your experience

 You've spent years going through unique experiences - the good the bad and the ugly - and you got through all of them with your head held high. You built mental tools, professional skills, and a network that helps you accelerate through any challenge you come up against. Those experiences can now be used to serve others in a way that no one else can. There is only one you. No one can tell your story like you can.

 

What kind of businesses can I start?

The very first challenge holding people back is wondering what kind of business to start, but this is very simple because there are three business types that you can start.

 

Service-based business

 Service-based businesses perform a service. Examples could be meal prep, coaching or cleaning services. My great-grandmother has babysat children for her neighbors. We train people to host vision board parties and workshops in their own communities.

 

Product-based business

 In a product-based business, you sell a physical product. For example, people who bake can sell cakes, pies, and cookies. Painters can sell artwork. Writers can sell books.

 

Information products

 Information-based businesses package and sell knowledge. For example, someone who knows a language can teach others how to use that same language.

 

How To Start A Business (or Side Hustle) At Any Age

 Start with defining a "why" for yourself.

Above, I've already outlined some great reasons you should start a business. But those reasons could apply to anyone.

 Before you jump into anything, I want you to write down the one BIG reason you specifically want to start a business.

 

Determine what you're good at.

You've built up experiences and skills over your lifetime. Make a list of all the things you could sell as a service or product.

 

Make a game plan to get started.

If you're active in your community, this could be as simple as letting people know you're looking for a gig. You could reach out to your Facebook, LinkedIn or other social media networks to let people know what you’ll be doing. You could join local small business chapters in your town to start networking.

 

Set your prices.

Set a price that feels good for you at first. Something that you can say out loud with confidence and that doesn't make you feel like you're selling yourself short.

 

Actually sell one product or service.

This is where most people get stuck. It's easy to do the prep work, but you don't have a business until you go out there and sell something. Focus your energy here.

If you can make one sale then you know that your business idea is something that people will pay for. That means you can have confidence that you can sell again and again.

 

How To Get Started Right Now

1.   Say it out loud "I'm the perfect age to start a business." You must convince yourself that you're ready before you can convince anyone else.

2.   Brainstorm different business ideas. Start by simply brainstorming the possibilities.

3.   Pick One. Here's the moment of truth. Choose one idea from your list to devote your energy to. You don't have to marry this idea for life, but you gotta start somewhere to grow.

 There is no age limit on when you can start a business. As long as you have a desire in your heart to build something using your creativity, experience, and skill, you're ready. Take action today. One step at a time.

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Chantl founded Thrive Lounge to give women the kick in the pants they need (lovingly, of course) to uncomplicate their goals, stop making excuses, get productive and start living the life they always wanted. Her book, Goal Doing: Practical Advice For Goal Setting, Action Planning and Achieving Your Dreams, gives women a step-by-step guide to create, plan and achieve their grandest goals.


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Are You Trying To Do Everything And Getting Nowhere?

You want to start your life over, go back to school, write your first book - or drop everything and start an online business.

But somehow you always end up too busy to make any real progress.

Slowly you inch towards your goals hoping that you'll get more time one day.

When my kids get older, I'll have time.

When I finish these classes, I'll have time.

When I have more money, I'll have time.

When I retire, I'll have time.

Somehow that time never comes...

With the demands of life on your shoulders you have too much to do to create the time you need to build your dream life.

So you keep pushing your dreams back, waiting for some magical later date where the time frees up.

Delicious living coach and VisionCon speaker, Adama Hamadi works with entrepreneurs and side hustlers to set essential boundaries around their time and energy.

She identified these top signs that overwhelm and burnout are right around the corner and if you’re experiencing them, it might be time for a mindset reset:

Related Content: 8 Mindset Shifts to Create Abundance (especially when all hope is lost)

You’re tired of feeling overworked and underappreciated.

With my job taking up 8 hours of my day, and 3 hours with my daughter - my days can easily become a land that doesn’t feel like my own. It’s not uncommon to feel overworked and underappreciated (especially when you have an 11-year-old that doesn’t seem to notice you exist unless they want something).


You’ve spent too much time helping other people build their dreams.

That feeling you get when you know that you started work at 6AM and now it’s 7PM and you’re still at work. Those days where you know you’ve spent your time lining someone else’s pockets and helping to build someone else’s empire while your dreams, your goals are on the back burner.

You know it’s time to get out of your own way and demand more from life.

Do you have that nagging feeling that it really is time for you to break out of your shell and do something?

You’re a type A achiever that people know they can count on.

Are you that person that everyone is calling? My mom needs help building a website, my sister is raising money for a trip with her dance group to Africa, my auntie needs help researching products for her new business. Where in the world is my “me-time” when I’m doing all that?

You barely have time to breathe, much less work on your passion projects.

Are life’s never-ending demands keeping you away from that business, book or adventure you want to create?

You envy women that can do whatever they want, whenever they want.

Are you looking around at your friends who are working from home, building their business or writing their books and wondering, where are they finding the time to do that? Or… I wish I could do that!

You’ve thought “I’m always neglecting myself and putting other people’s dreams before mine” more times than you can count.

If you’ve ever thought this or said this, it’s time for a mindset reset my friend.

VisionCon speaker, Adama Hamadi, says that time management has little to do with TIME and everything to do with managing your inner critic.

You don’t need anymore productivity hacks, you simply need to retrain your mindset to give yourself permission to stop:

  • Stop signing up for struggle.

  • To let life be easy.

  • To turn off autopilot so you can be more deliberate and design a life that feels good.

The fact is “You have a say in how you spend your life, so why would you play the victim when you can play the creator” says Adama.

If you want to take control of your time, you have to give yourself permission to prioritize your wants, your needs and your goals.

Related Content: How to Set the One Goal that will Change Your Entire LIfe

It all starts with a mindset of self-prioritization and intention. That’s where you can start creating that life you want.

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How To Host A Virtual Vision Board Party That Everyone Will LOVE

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Vision board parties have become the thing to do when the new year is coming around and you’re ready to redefine your future.

In my opinion, vision boards are the best way to leave an old, crusty year behind and walk into your new year brand new, rejuvenated and ready to make your past accomplishments look like blips on the radar.

Vision board parties literally have it all: good food, drinks, goal setting, crafts, knowledge sharing and (most important) a reason to brag about yourself. (Who doesn’t like a little humble bragging?)

That begs the question, is it possible to take an in-person experience like a vision board party and bring it online? The answer is a definite YES!

I've hosted a few virtual vision board parties and the majority of the process is the same. The biggest difference would be getting the attendees to feel "in the moment" enough to share their stories and get to know each other. 

Here’s how to do a virtual vision board party your attendees will love.


The Tools

FOR THE VIDEO

For hosting the virtual vision board party, I use Crowdcast.

This is a super easy-to-use tool that allows you to broadcast to a live audience. (It’s so simple, I’ve had non-tech-folks tell me how much they love it!)

Crowdcast is perfect for vision board parties because this service allows up to 4 people to come onto the screen at the same time so your attendees can really get to know each other! In my events, I’ve had attendees jump on to the screen live to share their answers to questions I’ve asked the group.

Crowdcast will also accept ticketed events and even process the payments for you to making selling tickets to your virtual event super easy!

PRO TIP: PRICING

I will typically charge a fee for virtual parties. Since you're not offering anything like food/drinks/magazines, you cannot charge as much as you would for an in-person event.

Based on your experience (and what you plan to offer) anywhere from $9-29 is fair game. 

The Agenda

Your agenda will look similar to an in-person event.

·         Welcome: This is where you welcome guests and possibly share a tiny bit about you. You can ask guests questions and tell them what they have access to with the software you’re using. With Crowdcast, you’re able to invite guests live to share their story, they have a chat window and polls that they could use to engage. You’ll want to share all of these options with them at the beginning of the evening.

·         Icebreaker: These are simple “getting to know you” activities. I’ve discussed vision board party ice breakers in detail here.

·         Activity: Vision board parties are meant to get people thinking about what matters most in their lives and set goals. Walk through one or two activities to help your attendees think ask the important questions about what they really want out of their lives.

·         Tutorial: Every vision board party needs a tiny vision board tutorial. Here is where you tell attendees how to create a vision board that works. Creating effective vision boards typically consists of three phases: deciding on what big goal you want to work towards, thinking about how you’ll enjoy your life while in pursuit of that goal, and putting those ideas onto paper. Find out a fun way for you to share that with your audience.

PRO TIP #1: KEEP IT (RELATIVELY) SHORT

The party can be shorter, 1-2 hours. This depends on the time of day, whether the group becomes active and the conversation. I usually let the conversation flow and have gone up to 2.5 hours if things are going really well.

PRO TIP #2: BE READY FOR EVERYTHING

In person, you can control the room, the ambiance and what's going on in the background. You cannot do any of these things in a virtual party.

For example, in one virtual party a woman's kids ran up to her to say goodnight.

To keep the party fun, I chatted about her kids and wrapped parenting goals into the conversation.

When you're doing a virtual party - you have to be super flexible and ready for surprises.

PRO TIP #3: MAKE IT INTERACTIVE

Have activities for people to do and ask questions - wait for them to answer. People will be typing in response to what you’re saying in the event. Some people type slower than others. When you ask questions make sure you wait for people to type and respond to your questions before moving on to the next topic.

 

The Risk

The biggest benefit of a vision board party is taking that moment to yourself to stop worrying about what’s going on at home, work, hubby, the kids and focus on yourself for a moment. In it’s essence, it’s self care.

Moving vision board parties to online puts the self care benefit at serious risk.

In person, you can control the room, the ambiance and what's going on in the background. You cannot do any of these things in a virtual party.

For example, in one virtual party a woman's kids ran up to her to say goodnight.

To keep the party fun, I chatted about her kids and wrapped parenting goals into the conversation.

This is the biggest thing when you're doing a virtual party - you have to be super flexible and ready for surprises.

If you’re thinking about hosting a virtual vision board party this year, give it a shot! This can be a great way to meet people online that you would never be able to interact with in person and add a more interactive form of communication with your audience.

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Chantl founded Thrive Lounge to give women the kick in the pants they need (lovingly, of course) to uncomplicate their goals, stop making excuses, get productive and start living the life they always wanted. Her Sold Out Vision Board Parties online course, helps success and mindfulness coaches host profitable, effective and transformative vision board parties.