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Am I Too Old To Start A Business?

Am I Too Old To Start A BusinessAm I too old to start a business?

Like, maybe a blogging business?

And actually run that blogging business successfully?

How about some other online business?

I had a conversation with a college student who recently graduated from college. 

She started hunting for a job in her field, but was surprised to find out that she couldn’t find one.

And if there was anything at all, it didn’t pay enough to cover costs of her student loan and living expenses. 

Or it wasn’t really what she was trained for.

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She asked me a funny question.

“Am I too old to start a business?”

No matter what age you are, society expects you to go to school, college and then get a career – haha.

Just like that.

The reality is that we can keep learning so many things and apply them to our own business.

We might learn them in school, but we can also learn them on our own.

Anyway, I ended up having a long conversation with this young woman. 

Being many years her senior, I’ve had the experience of running an offline consulting practice, as well as a successful blogging business.

I told her about how I worked a job for a very short time because that’s what everyone expected me to do.

But eventually, I got around to working within my own power zone… running my own business.

That was then and this in now.

“Am I Too Old To Start A Business?”

I can’t believe now, in the 21st century people are still expected to do the same. 

You see, there just aren’t many job opportunities in her field of interest.

But if she struck out on her own, she could make a great business for herself. 

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She is young and can always go back to the working world if she has to. 

(But you and I both know that once we get a taste of running our own business, it is difficult to go back to the “work world.”)

So let’s analyze this a bit.

I had asked her to write down all her expenses. 

Right now she lives in the suburbs with her parents.

But I know darn well she wants to live in the city.

We talked about how that expense would be way over her head, though, even with a job.

She was determined to get out on her own and spread her wings, though.

So she told me that she had managed to get a car loan, insurance, plus a little spending money to get by on a daily basis.

Because starting your own business doesn’t get you a paycheck at the end of the week, I explained that she should anticipate having to settle for a silly job to start off with.

Something simple, well beneath what she would like.

A job with no thinking involved so she could spend her money on her basic expenses and slowly venture into a new online business she had in mind.

At the time we had this conversation, her parents reluctantly agreed to give her a year to try striking out on her own. 

They were sticklers for that false sense of security that you get from a “job.” 

You know, insurance and all. 

But she already planned on getting her own insurance, and not be held hostage to a job.

In addition to that expense, we wrote down how much it would cost her to start an online business. 

You see, she is a graphic designer and there are endless possibilities for a niche specific business using her skills and talents. 

After a few weeks of researching she came up with the idea of doing graphics on T-shirts.

She had a good edge because she was in touch with many companies that were interested in this for their Summer get-togethers. 

This gave her hope. 

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She even knew a person that had a T-shirt company, so she connected with him.

Now came the advertising. 

She set up a beautiful website. 

What surprised her was that one of her friends wanted to order T-shirts for a bridal shower. 

She did it in a snap.

Her business cards were flying that night and she was able to get another gig the very next day for a family reunion. 

There would be over 30 people attending. 

She did the math and came up with a nice chunk of change.

Indeed, running a business for yourself is challenging, but this gal’s passion overrode her fears.

For each challenge that came up, she rose to the occasion.

She did, in fact build a very successful online business, in very little time.

And to think… this young lady thought she was too old to start a business.

Even though she only just graduated from college!

What About Those People Who Are Retired?

So here’s a funny thing.

The title of this blog makes you think I’m going to talk about old folks trying to run an online business, right?

Yet, I’ve just been talking about a recent college grad.

What’s that about?

Well, simple…

She thought she was too old to learn a new trick, namely, start an online business.

That’s because she went to school for something else.

And because it took her years to get a degree.

So now she’s wondering if it’s too late to switch gears and spend years more to learn something new.

Many people of ALL ages think they’re too old… or that it’s too late for them… to start a blog or online business.

Are they right?

Of course not. 

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I just showed you why in the case of the recent college grad.

But the same is true for retired adults or senior citizens.

In fact, it’s especially true for retired people trying to live on a fixed income.

Retirement pensions, social security (in the U.S.), or the equivalent…  don’t pay out much.

That’s what forces many retirees get a little job to compensate.

But part-time incomes are pretty meager, too.

Stop Making Excuses

“Oh I’m too old to learn something new! ” people complain.

Well that’s a common excuse. 

They will have to learn something new if they got a little job so what the heck!

I coached a few retirees that had this question and they are now living very vibrant lifestyles, loving the business they have started up. 

Some are network marketers, others are writing books and selling them on Amazon, yet others are doing freelance work through their blogging connections.

So the point here is… there is a large age difference between a young college student and a retiree.

But they’re both in the same boat.

They both ask me “Am I too old to start a business?”

By now, you know my answer.

It is never too late. 

None of us are ever too old to start a business.

All we need is the willingness to learn something new.

I always recommend that you get a good coach or mentor to help you along the way.

You’ll have to get some things done, like putting some good marketing in place for your product or service. 

Unless you already know how to do these things, you’ll be spinning your wheels for a long time unless you hire a coach.

Oh yea..we also want to have fun doing it 🙂

I Was Always a Solopreneur

Now let me share with you how I was always a solopreneur.

I went to work right out of High School.

Family & friends thought I was crazy (long story why I wanted to be on my own). 

But working on Wall Street NYC was quite the drag. 

I was allowed one hour per day for my lunch. 

I had only two weeks for vacation and worked a 40 hour work week. 

There was no time for me. 

I thought this was crazy.

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But at that time, I spent my weekends driving “upstate” and buying antique furniture. 

My boyfriend and I would re-finish the furniture and sell it at a great profit.

Why the heck was I working a job? 

So I quit and did this full time.

I opened up my first shop when I was 30 years old.

It developed into my private intuitive consulting practice. 

To make a very long story short, I didn’t really think I would make the first month’s rent.

But I did.

I kept building on that business.

I even had a live talk-radio show based on it.

Actually, it still exists as a brick and mortar, with a friend of mine working there.

The shop had retail items and specialty hand-made soaps, baths and oils.

In came the internet. 

I was consumed with knowing all I could about it because I thought it would be a great way to expand my existing business. 

And it was at first.

Until…I learned a new way of marketing and a new way of helping others.

I sit here decades later and look back to see if I ever felt too old to start a business. 

No Way.

Guess I’m young at heart.

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How about you?

Do you sometimes wonder “Am I too old to start a business?”

I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories in the comments section below.

-Donna

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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56 Responses to Am I Too Old To Start A Business?

  1. Freddy G. Cabrera
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    March 5, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

    Hey Donna!

    What an interesting blog post. I learned something new about you today.

    I can relate to you during my high school days. I started working and being independent with my money at the age of 16. I always took care of myself because I wanted to earn my own money and not worry about relying on anyone.

    You know what, I actually have thought about doing something similar to what you did with the furniture when I was younger. I’m a big fan of such shows as Storage Wars and American Pickers – I had this idea to make money in a similar way, I just never actually did it. Blogging caught my attention a lot more during those times.

    Your hardworking ethics show through your blogging – you keep at it and just go for your goals no matter what. That’s something I always admire in people.

    You are never ever “too old” to start a business and become successful. That is all in the mind. And even just saying it out loud to yourself is not good. You become what you think about and talk about the most – so we have to be careful with our language. This might sound weird to some people but it is very true.

    Your friend’s story is inspiring. It shows us how fear can hold you back but when you overcome it you can shoot up to the stars quickly!

    Thank you for sharing this!!

    Best regards! 😀
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 5, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

      Hi Freddy,

      You know, I still have that passion for furniture but don’t have the time for it. I always like my hand in retro furniture and clothing. But done that and at least I can say I followed that passion of mine. All in all, I’ve always seemed to do what I wanted and supported my daughter during the way. I never chased the dollar, but it always came to me. I love living life as I do.

      Now, that I’m mainly online I still can be creative. Creating products and always learning a new edge on marketing.

      Glad you enjoyed this one!

      -Donna
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  2. Sharon T McLaughlin MD FACS
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    March 5, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

    I do not think one is too old to ever start a business. If you have the determination ones needs to ask themself “why not?”

  3. James
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    March 5, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

    Thanks Donna, the question of being too old is something I have considered before.

    A lot of spaces online, a lot of social media, seem to be geared to and dominated by “young” people.

    As for starting a business online, then no I don’t think you can be too old.

    If you wanted to start a brick and mortar business in the past, then the set up costs might have put you off. The older you got, it might have been harder to justify the risk.

    But you can start an online enterprise with much less initial investment, so the perceived risks are lower.

    That in itself has positives and negatives… but that’s another issue.

    Cheers.

  4. Ryan Biddulph
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    March 6, 2018 at 5:30 am #

    Oh a hearty LOL Donna; a college grad feeling they are too old to start a business? Are we clinically insane in the Western World?!

    I have compassion for the person though. Feeling that 22 or 23 or whatever is too old to become an entrepreneur stems from fear. Said fear drilled into us around the world but especially America where we learn early that life is about getting a home and raising a fam, and working for someone to be responsible (yeah right!) to pay bills, and to walk on hamster wheels until you retire at 65 and drop dead 10 to 20 years later, maybe having a decade of freedom save your childhood.

    I am writing these words as a 43 year old living in Thailand – for now – wearing a Gizmo T-shirt. Sure ain’t hurt me, starting my business – and biz career – at 33 years young.

    I recall a 74 year old joining my team about 10 years ago when I did a different thing online. Some dude in his 80’s bought my eBook a few months back, looking to start blogging for a business. If you breathe, you’re young enough to start a business.

    Ryan
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      You said it …If you breathe, you’re young enough to start a business. From that 22 year old gal to the retiree it all comes down to the same thing. And that is fear. When I speak to these clients I have to first and foremost help them rid the fear and connect to their true self. That may take some time, but it is the seed of any business.

      -Donna
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  5. Vishwajeet Kumar
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    March 6, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Wonderful Post. It reminds me the days when I was graduated from college and looking for a full-time job. As a Jobseeker, I know how much struggle we have to search for a job. Fortunately, at that time I am aware of blogging and after few months I make it my full-time profession. There is no age limit or time limit to start a business or online venture. Anybody can start it at any time. Thanks for bringing up these great insights.

    Have a Great day 🙂
    Vishwajeet
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

      Hi Vishwajeet,

      I just had to bring up this topic because some clients of mine are fearful of starting their own business. I just the other day helped a young woman start an online network marketing business. She was following what the company was telling her to do with no success. Then we brain-stormed and she came up with a great business plan. She was ready to quit and get a menial job, but now she is going full steam ahead. At the age of 30 with two degrees from college she couldn’t get a job. I’m so glad she is enjoying herself and just made her first sale.

      We are never too old to start something new.

      -Donna

  6. Marquita Herald
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    March 6, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    I love this topic! Just the other day I was working on an article about how I detest the term “late bloomer” so this is on target and I really like the way you walked us through the process you went through with her. Funny thing, I belong to a group called The Unhirables which is for people who would rather chew off a finger than go back to a “traditional” job. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  7. Prosper Noah
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    March 6, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Hope you are good?

    I think it all has to do with the heart, starting an online business is what anyone can do today regardless of age.

    If learning never stops which means anyone can learn a new thing daily:

    Then no one is too old to start a successful business.
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  8. Gaurav Kumar
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    March 7, 2018 at 12:41 am #

    Hi Donna,

    There is no age limit to start the right thing. It is always the right time to start when you are ready to start. All you need is do some research before you actually launch your idea.

    You are right about the people who says that they can’t do thsi thing or that because of their age.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  9. Naveen Sharma
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    March 7, 2018 at 1:11 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Very interestintg topic. As it turns out, this is mostly about having passion for something and a willingness to learn. With a wrong way of thinking a fresh graduate would consider himself or herself too old to start.

    Even in case of retired people, as you said, they will have to learn something if they got a little job. The statement that someone is too old to learn something new is either an excuse or an imaginary fear.

    Thanks for sharing your insights on this topic in an inspiring way. Have a great day!

    -Naveen
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 8, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

      Hi Naveen,

      Indeed, this is an excuse especially for learning something new. I’ve met people with passion in their heart, but never want to do the research to start. They have a list of excuses that prevent them from pursuing their dreams.

      -Donna
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  10. Chris Hooker
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    March 7, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

    Hello Donna,
    thanks for the post, it has caused me to rethink my situation and what I am doing about it. I am 71 years old living on the aged pension and, until recently did have a blog. It was running for a few years but I received very little in the way of engagement (say zero quickly!) and after giving it a bloody good go, decided that maybe I was not right for the game!
    However, now that I am incredibly busy making and marketing (f2f) my woodturnings, I feel that I should start another blog on that very subject. I am not sure of the best way to go about it. I see many Utubers prosletising their crafts apparently successfully but I do not have the skillset for that (nor the mindset!), and I wonder how to best go about it.
    Your input would be very welcome.

  11. Anil Mukund March 8, 2018 at 7:57 am #

    “Old is always a gold” I don’t think age is a restriction for starting a business. if you have a clear idea about what you gonna do and the determination to achieve success then surely you can go ahead with starting a business at any age. Thanks Donna, for sharing it.

  12. Donna Merrill
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    March 8, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I have to admit I had to research what a (f2f) woodturning was and now I know lol. There is a lot of noise out there about it on Google. One guy is selling his for $200. I would say that it would be great to do a vlog on Youtube showing people how you go about it and what they can do with it.

    Also Facebook Live Stream is hot right now. If you set up your camera and do a live stream video consistently, Facebook puts you on top of their list.

    That show and tell kind of thing would be the way I would go myself.

    Plus research other people who are doing the same thing, go to their blogs and articles and get in the conversation just like we do with blogging. Reciprocation is the best!

    -Donna
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  13. Susan Velez
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    March 9, 2018 at 5:53 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I don’t think that you’re ever too old to start a business. You’re right, we are conditioned from a young age to go to school, get a good job and that’s pretty much it.

    We’re taught to stay on the safe and narrow path of working for someone else and relying on that paycheck. The truth is that I personally believe that’s the scary way to live.

    We’ve all seen how many people get laid off and then have to take lower paying jobs because they can’t find another job that pays them the same as they had.

    Starting a business is scary and does take a lot of hard work. But personally, I think that in today’s day and age, anyone can start a business. You’re never too old to start a business. Unless of course, you think you are and you’re not willing to work hard to build up your asset.

    I really enjoyed reading this post, hope you have a fabulous weekend 🙂

    Susan
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      So true…we are conditioned to play it safe and work for someone for that paycheck. Then, layoffs come and also businesses go downhill. It’s great if people feel comfortable with that lifestyle, but I find it overly stressful myself.

      Starting a business weather offline or online, can be a bit scary, but one has to be up to that learning curve of doing it. And more importantly, hear themselves make excuses so many make.

      We have to re-wire our brains sometimes.

      -Donna
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      • Anil Agarwal March 28, 2018 at 9:37 pm #

        Rightly said Susan, so glad to hear that from veterans like you and Donna. You’re never too old to start a business as there are so many successful businessman like Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs etc have succeeded and got massive results in the later years (unlike Mark Zuck or Snapchat CEO).

        It’s all about how you find a way to help others or create an impact in online world with your work (whether it is with your products, services or something else).

        It’s also important to know your target audience wants and needs before you jump into building an online business no matter what age it is. Because knowing your target audience is the key to build a profitable online business that makes money in the long run.

        Also make sure to analyse your competitors if you really want to succeed in building a thriving business online. Without finding what your competitors are doing successfully it will be almost impossible for you to figure out what kind of products or services to serve to your target audience.

        Great thoughts and keep rocking.

  14. DEXTER ROONA
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    March 9, 2018 at 7:05 am #

    Hell no. the moment you think your too old then its time to give up. SENDING This to twitter and wakelet
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  15. Emenike Emmanuel
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    March 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

    This is awesome, Donna.

    I love what your Mentee did. She used her fears to fuel her passion and she got amazing result in the long-run.

    It’s only self-deception for anyone to think he or she is too old to start a new business. Most of my mentees are all older than me. It marvels them how I came to know so much. But when I calm down to explain things out for them, it becomes easier.

    Thanks for sharing. I’m also of the opinion that it’s never too late to start.

    Emenike
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Emenike,

      Never too late to start something new. Funny how most of my mentors are so much younger than I am lol. I learn something new each day and try to apply it to my business. I’m so passionate about it, I can’t see that I can ever stop.

      -Donna
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  16. Rachel Lavern
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    March 9, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    As Les Brown (?) says, you are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.

    Sadly however, there are an abundance of excuses for letting the opportunity to launch your dream business pass you by.

    The reality is that the only one holding your back is yourself. If you think you’re too old then you’re too old. If you think you’re too young, then you’re too young. If you think you’re too (insert your limiting belief here), then you are.

    However, it also works the opposite way. If you think you can do it, then you can.
    I believe in recognizing your limiting beliefs and replace them with more powerful ones that support you.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 11, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

      Hi Rachel,

      So true one is never too old to set another goal. It’s those darn excuses people make for themselves that hold them back.

      I like the wise way you put it that to recognize your limiting believes and replace them with powerful ones work well. I’ve done it myself and if I failed at it I got hypnotized for it. Hey, whatever works!

      -Donna
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  17. amarasmith
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    March 10, 2018 at 1:08 am #

    hi nice job!
    you have write a nice and thoughtful article.thanks for sharing with us your ideas.

  18. Adithya Shetty
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    March 10, 2018 at 2:58 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Great post, It’s never too late to start a business and people should stop making excuses!

    I read that Harland Sanders got success in KFC at the age of 62, there are many stories like this!

    Thanks for sharing!
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  19. Sonal Talwar
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    March 11, 2018 at 1:34 am #

    Hi Donna

    I really liked the title of your post.

    Well what I think is that age is just a number. It is the state of mind that matters. If you have the determinationa nd will power to learn or start something it is never too late. No matter what your age is.

    Learning is an ongoing process – it continues throughout life.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  20. Taiwo Emayosanlomo
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    March 11, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for this post.

    Just as you have emphasized in the post, I fully agree with that no one is too old to start a business.

    Success in today’s world demands the ability to learn, unlearn and relearn because things change rapidly these days.

    With the right knowledge, skill, and determination to succeed, there is no age limit to starting a business.

    Thanks for sharing.

  21. Monna Ellithorpe
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    March 11, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I’m thinking that your question, “Am I Too Old To Start A Business” is still the fallout from the 9 to 5 job that we were all taught as we grew up.

    I never really thought about if I was too old. I guess I don’t think I am old, with the exception of a couple of doctors who seem to insist on making sure I know I’m old. One of them may get smacked with a rolled up newspaper if they keep telling me that. LOL

    Done to death but still so true. “You’re only as old as you feel or let yourself think you are.”

    Great post and good to read a little more of your background.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 11, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

      Hi Monna,

      You hit the nail on the head because this IS still the fallout from that 9 – 5 job mentality that was ingrained in our heads.

      I don’t feel old either. My grandmother passed in her 90’s and she had a full spunky life up until her stroke. She was always the life of the party and was always learning new things. She loved life and I am grateful she was the woman who I admire the most in my life.

      -Donna
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  22. Janice Wald
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    March 11, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    I think blogging is perfect for retired people. My husband is retired. By blogging, I get to spend lots of time with him. So, blogging is also good for spouses of retired people. As long as I still have my faculties, LOL, I intend to keep blogging.
    I tweeted your article.

  23. Donna Merrill
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    March 11, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    Hi Janice,

    I say the same thing as you: As long as I still have my faculties I intend to keep blogging lol. It is great for retired people. I’m giving a talk to the senior center soon about how they can blog. Most of them want to write their experiences and it is a great place to do so. One gal wants to write her recipes and she is in her 80’s. What a great gift to the world.

    -Donna
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  24. Lisa P Sicard
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    March 11, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

    Hi Donna, I believe you are NEVER too old to start anything. Our age is just a number. If you want to learn something new, you can. It may take longer but it surely can be done. So many now in the 50’s or 60’s are losing jobs and can’t find others to replace them so starting their own business is a must.
    I think it’s a brave move for so many and I really admire all that do. I think it gives them a lifestyle they can live how they want and spend the time on how and when they want.
    I’d love to know how Ryan’s contact at 80 is making out with a new business, love that! Have a great week Donna and don’t let the snow get you down there…..
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 12, 2018 at 11:02 am #

      Hi Lisa,

      Great point that so many people in their 50’s and 60’s are losing their jobs and cannot find a replacement. Starting their own business and brining in years of experience would suit them fine. They just have to go through some learning curves.

      Soon I’ll be speaking at our local senior center where people from their 60’s to 80’s are interested in starting a blog. Some want to write memoirs, while others need a way to monetize. This is going to be fun!

      One more snow storm to go and maybe I can see the grass again lol.

      -Donna
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  25. Babanature March 12, 2018 at 9:01 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Sincerely, one is never too old to start a business or anything for that matter. Starting a business offline or online is encouraging and people should take it seriously.

    Well some people don’t have that WILL to start a business of their own so they bring up excuses. Your post have shined the light to people who think their too old to start a business or other reasons that they have.

    Thanks for sharing light on this and do have a good week ahead…
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 12, 2018 at 11:04 am #

      Hi Babanature,

      I wanted to address this issue because people I teach from the age of their 20’s to 80’s will find a way to start their own business either offline or online.
      Indeed, it is just an excuse if they pass their passions by.

      -Donna
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  26. Bren Pace
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    March 12, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Fabulous post! We are never, ever too old to do anything as long as we are capable and have the desire to do it. I know many people that have retired, started their own business afterward, and have very successful businesses. I don’t know why so many want to put an “age” limit on things. As long as we think we can and are able, I say Go For It!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    B
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 12, 2018 at 11:05 am #

      Hi Bren,

      If we can teach an old dog new tricks, we can certainly teach others how to go into business for themselves no matter what age lol.

      It is all in the mind. As long as they have the will to do it, a business will work out. If not, it is just an excuse.

      -Donna
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  27. Lorraine Reguly
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    March 13, 2018 at 2:23 am #

    If a person is passionate about something and can turn that passion into a business he/she actually WANTS to run, then it doesn’t matter if you are 20 or 40 or 60 (or older)!

    Follow your heart, I say. 🙂
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  28. Ash
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    March 19, 2018 at 8:50 am #

    Hey Donna,

    I am getting older, but I am still young at heart. While I was lucky enough to have chosen to be a solo-preneur while I was young, I can certainly understand the dilemma of whether or not starting a business is the right decision when one gets older.

    But I guess it’s a tense decision to make, regardless of age. Only that when you are young, you think you’ll be able to do anything. Older people are only wiser.

    Yet, you are absolutely right Donna: There’s never a better time than “now”, and it can be anytime.

    Older people come with experience, people skills, a certain calmness about them, ability to decode tricky situations in business, and so much more. All age brackets have certain traits that work great for business, eh?
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  29. Donna Merrill
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    March 23, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

    Hi Ash,

    It is great to start being a solo-preneur while one is young. I did myself offline many years ago. It prepared me to get online with no crazy expectations that I was going to get rich quick.

    Business is business and takes time, persistence, and some money to start up.

    Indeed all age brackets have particular traits that will work for business….it’s never too late lol!

    -Donna
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  30. Moss Clement
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    March 27, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    Hi Donna,

    No-one, and I mean No-One is too old to start a business. Look at Ryan’s comment where a 70+ man and another in his 80s jumped in to his program to and bought his eBook to learn about online business.

    So there is certainly age limit to becoming an entrepreneur. But the one thing holding many back from venturing into a solo-business is the fear of failure. No one wants the bitter taste of failure. But if you’re determined and persistent by being committed, you will certainly have success.

  31. Anil Agarwal
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    March 28, 2018 at 3:32 am #

    Great post, and great question Donna,
    This same question and belief is the exact thing that often hold people back from achieving their dream goals. A lot of folks often use their age as an excuse not to embark on that journey to end their financial status.
    We all have dreams and aspirations, but once you start imagining that you’re probably too old to get started towards achieving those dreams of yours, you’ll find it very difficult to even get started. I often hear people say that they’re retired but not tired, and I think that’s a great words of encouragement and strength booster.
    I still remember the story of “Colonel Sanders” who started the popular Kentucky Fried Chicken at the age 65. Now, I know a lot of 65 years old men and women who’s already thinking they can’t do anything again, and I also think they’re right. Because if you think you can do a thing, or think you cannot do a thing…..you’re 100% right.
    Therefore, it does not matter what age you’re at, you can start any type of business you want. Whether an internet based, or offline business, you can do it.
    Thanks a lot for sharing Donna.

  32. Darleen Prangue
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    March 30, 2018 at 8:45 am #

    This is awesome
    Nice article please do tell more about strategies to endorse to undergo sucessful bussiness
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