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Older Workers – An Opportunity Created from Danger

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Rick Terrien, May 27, 2020.  Strategy Driven Older workers are facing profound work challenges. Almost all areas of commerce have been impacted by the health crisis. How we respond will define our business and personal lives for years to come. Among the groups that will feel a lasting effect will be our older workers. As older workers, we have a choice. We can accept that we are stuck with working around misguided employment assumptions, or we can create smarter, newer options that serve your own purposes and goals. Creating your own small business is not a prescription for quick riches or fast results. It is an approach to life that highlights your own passions and puts in place effective tools and policies to help that effort – and the communities and industries we love – succeed. Start Small. Start smart. Start right now. It’s not hard. It’s just new. READ THE FULL ARTICLE




MarketWatch - This entrepreneur says you’re never too old to launch your own startup, even in this economy

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How to bootstrap a new business in midlife or in retirement—even in a pandemic.

People think it’s scary to start a business. In my opinion, it’s much scarier not to start your own business. If you give your life to forces outside your control, you’re asking for trouble.

"Real Wisdom people can learn and earn by." "A visionary and award-winning writer." Bloomer Boomer interview.

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"I just finished reading the book Ageless Startup by Rick Terrien who is a visionary and award-winning writer about post retirement – and people who make a difference in industry and innovation by creating new solutions for today’s world."  

"Real wisdom people can learn and earn by."

Andy Asher Bloomer Boomer interview, May 2020.
Andy described their 'quirky format' especially the background graphics.  What fun!


LINK TO THE FULL INTERVIEW

Ageless Startup - Free webinar this Thursday, mid day.

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This webinar is a shout-out to our most experienced workers.  The world needs you.  Your communities need you.  Markets you love need you.

Give yourself permission to explore entrepreneurship in the second half of life.





Here is a link to the registration site:

http://entm.ag/dne1
Welcome!

Older Workers Must Be Proactive About Their Future

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Rather than simply keep your head above water, take steps right now to build economic resiliency.

The world has changed. This is not a drill. Older workers are especially vulnerable to being left behind. No matter what our career is, we are all facing a new normal in our work life. There are more than 100 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 40 and 65. All of us need to consider new options to create value and work in the future. If older workers wait for help, we will likely find ourselves waiting a long time.
We need to get ahead of this entire problem, not just the immediate issues this crisis presents. Planning for the recovery means taking stock of where you will be working 10 or 15 years from now — or even a couple years from now.
You can choose a course for yourself of just keeping your head above water in roiling business currents, or you can take active steps right now to build more economic resiliency into your life. A better approach is to be proactive about your fut…

Forbes - People think it’s scary to start a business. In my opinion, it’s much scarier NOT to start your own business.

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First article in Forbes, sourced through Next Avenue.

"People think it’s scary to start a business. In my opinion, it’s much scarier not to start your own business. If you give your life to forces outside your control, you’re asking for trouble. It’s not a picnic. I don’t want to be Pollyanna about it. But now's the time to do it."

READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN FORBES

Advice for Ageless Startups, Even in a Pandemic

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Yes, you can start a business at any age. That’s the subtitle of the book. Making a difference is ageless.  The ability to start something small - a one - or two-person business - it's not hard.  It's just new.   In fact, he thinks becoming an entrepreneur — either full-time or part-time — in your 50s or 60s may be the best time of life to do it. Yes, even in a pandemic.
With a small amount of money and a few months to get organized, bootstrapping is a hell of a skillset. READ THE FULL INTERVIEW - Advice for Ageless Startups, Even in a Pandemic.     Next Avenue   Richard Eisenberg   May 20, 2020

Next Avenue is an NPR channel.  I especially like their tagline:  Where Grown-ups Keep Growing.  Thank you Richard Eisenberg.

Ageless Startup. Free Webinar. May 28: It’s Never Too Late: How to start your Own Business at Any Age.

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This webinar provides action strategies to help you launch your own small enterprise, based on the new book Ageless Startup: Start a Business at Any Age (Entrepreneur Press, April 2020).
Most people in every field will need to make a new life out of the ‘new normal’. This is especially true for older workers.  This can be good news. Our more experienced workers have the knowledge, know-how, and networks to build resilient new small businesses.
Webinar info and registration.

So I believe this...

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"So I believe this – despite the mess we’re in – is the beginning of the Renaissance Age of entrepreneurship.
Everyone can and should participate. 
We owe it to our communities, we owe it to our industries, to look for new solutions, and look for entrepreneurial ways to deploy them – and make the world a better place."
Rick Terrien. May 2020


Audio.  Thank you for this great conversation Succession Stories!


Interview - Succession Stories with Laurie Barkman

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Laurie Barkman:  "Now is an unprecedented time.  Maybe its time to focus on your 'what's next'... and also an opportunity to support what comes next for our economy and our communities."

Laurie is a great business person, a wonderful interviewer, and a really nice person.

Laurie and I met for a conversation recently that was recorded for her 'Succession Stories' podcast.

Thanks for a great conversation, Laurie!

Listen to Succession Stories interview with Rick Terrien



My author friend Elizabeth White on NPR - and ways to get out of this mess.

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Elizabeth White wrote a great book recently called, '55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal:  Your Guide to a Better Life.'  She also contributed a very generous testimonial to Ageless Startup.  We are kindred spirits. 

I'll post links to Elizabeth's work and her great book below.  

Elizabeth was interviewed on NPR this weekend and shared some great insights for their 'Life Kit' series.

"With degrees from Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities and a successful import business, White found her business suddenly drying up. When companies that used to hire her began to retrench, she said, as a contractor, she was the first to go. She had to overcome feelings of shame to take the necessary steps to get through that period of her life."

What follows is Elizabeth's take on rebuilding (resilience circles) and going forward with new lives (don't try to make sense out of things too soon).  Important contributions.  I look forward to working with Elizabeth on…

Interview Tuesday May 12 - 2 PM EST - School For Startups with Jim Beach

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I'm really looking forward to conversation with School For Startups host Jim Beach this coming Tuesday, May 12.  
Join host Jim Beach every day at 2 PM EST on AMFM247 Radio as he interviews entrepreneurs and great authors that can help you grow your business of start one. 

Thanks for the invitation Jim!
Link to School for Startups Radio

Interview Monday May 11 - 'Poppoff' with Mary Jane Popp - KAHI Radio, Sacramento

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Looking forward to joining Mary Jane Popp for a conversation on Monday May 11th, on KAHI - The Voice of the Foothills in Sacramento, CA.

We'll be recording Mary Jane's 'Poppoff' show at 4 PM Eastern, 1 PM Pacific. 

On the KAHI site there is a 'Listen Live' option.

You can also listen to 'Poppoff' on demand later using the 'LISTEN' menu.

LINK to KAHI


Identify your "Why"

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From Ageless Startup...

Identify your "Why".

"Many people in the second half of life want to make a contribution back to their communities and their world.

They want to pay it forward, to take the knowledge and skills they have developed with the support of others and make a difference in the lives of others, to serve the industries they know and love, as well as to help communities they live in or are communities of interest they share with others around the world.

Others have an extensive skillset (often  cultivated in a leadership role) that they want to not only use, but monetize for the next phase in their professional life.

Perhaps they have skills and know-how, but aren't sure how to make it a business.

Or perhaps they have the spark of an idea borne of years in the corporate trenches that they are ready to create a startup around." 


Interview tomorrow (Thursday) with The Feed - Amber Mac and Michael B. on SiriusXM - 9:45 AM Eastern.

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I'm looking forward to my conversation with Amber Mac and Michael Bancroft tomorrow on The Feed.  The interview will be live beginning about 9:45 AM Eastern.   It then replays on the Air Times schedule posted below.

The Feed is a Weekly SiriusXM Radio show.  The Feed airs nationally in both the U.S. and Canada.  Each week on The Feed, Amber Mac and Michael B showcase the latest world of technology and social media with their SiriusXM Canada Talks Channel 167 audience across North America.

Download from iTunes, PodBean, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, or Google Play Podcasts.

Air times for replay are ( all Eastern Time)

Saturdays at 8AM, 11AM, 7PM, midnight

Sundays at 5AM, 9AM, 1PM and 5PM

Mondays at Noon.

Thanks for the invitation Amber Mac and Michael B.  This is going to be fun!


LINK TO THE HOME PAGE FOR THE FEED



Radio interview with WMT in Cedar Rapids, Iowa - link to interview

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This past week I had a great conversation about Ageless Startup with Doug Wagner, morning show host at WMT in Cedar Rapids, IA .

Audio of the post was just posted online HERE

I really enjoyed our conversation.  Thanks for the invitation Doug!

(No need to sign up for anything along the way.  Just click through to the interview.)

Entrepreneur.com webinar coming soon - A focus on 'Recovery Planning'

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I was interviewed by Entrepreneur.com this morning for a new series they are producing called 'Recovery Planning'. 

The business world - and every other corner of society - has been upended and forced into crisis planning for the past months. 

It is encouraging to be be part of the next phases of this evolution to work to support recovery planning and all that might entail.

For ageless startups, the answer is to start small, start smart, and start right now.

I'll post the link when this webinar goes live.



Interview highlight..' Thank you Lynn Price - Camp To Belong!

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I got a nice note today from Lynn Price, Founder at Camp To Belong alerting me to a shout out she provided on her LinkedIn news feed for Ageless Startup.  Thank you Lynn!  

Lynn provided a great interview for Ageless Startup.  When I asked her what was the best piece of advice she would share with someone in the second half of life considering entrepreneurship, she answered with the following:  "Do it!  It is an opportunity to live your passion, be a role-model for your family, make a difference in something meaningful to you, and leave a legacy of caring through action."

Lynn's role at Camp to Belong (borrowed from LinkedIn)...


"Lynn Price, founder of Camp To Belong, had a vision to create significant connection opportunities for siblings who had been separated through the foster care system. Lynn successfully created a replicable program model and sales approach to tackle one of society's greatest challenges in various sectors of child welfare. Lynn expanded the …

AARP review of Ageless Startup - Thank you!

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AARP just posted a nice review of Ageless Startup in their inaugural newsletter for Purpose Prize winners and fellows, May 2020.  

"This past April, Rick had his first book, "Ageless Startup: Start a Business at Any Age" published.  The book provides a roadmap to kick starting an entrepreneurial journey at any age.  It offers tips and insight in to entrepreneurship and contains interviews with past Purpose Prize  Winners and Fellows.  The book embodies the core mission of the Purpose Prize."  (emphasis added)

"Rick Terrien is a 2015 Purpose Prize Fellowand an entrepreneur repeatedly recognized for innovation excellence. He spent his career building creative business solutions to address societal problems.  He received the 'Fast 50 Award' from Fast Company, the United States Small Business New Product of the Year Award. And now, he can add ‘author’ to his list of accomplishments."






About the AARP® Purpose Prize® Award
You live. You learn. You give back.…

The 3-Step Strategy to Help You Determine Your Business Mission, Values, and Goals.

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Doing so quickly is essential to getting your business on track.


Entrepreneur.  Rick Terrien.  April 30, 2020

"There’s a widely used acronym that you may have heard of: KISS — keep it simple, stupid. But it’s an old saying, and it needs updating. How about, 'Keep it simple, smarty'? Simple is the new smart, and it is, in fact, exactly what most people need to focus on when starting a business."

READ THE FULL STORY


Ageless Startup featured at Entrepreneur Books store

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Featured books will be in a rotation, but I just saw that Ageless Startup is featured today on the facebook page for Entrepreneur Books.

Entrepreneur Press has been a great partner in this process.  Thanks for the support!

Link to the Entrepreneur Books Facebook store is here


First Amazon review

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Ageless Startup received our first review on Amazon yesterday.  Thank you!!!

"This remarkable slim volume is half motivational book, half how-to manual, and half “no fear” sermon. And it needs three halves to adequately contain it. Rick Terrien is a bona fide Been There, Done That Guy—with none of the oft-accompanying cynicism. If you’ve ever riffed on 'I wonder if I could...' BUY THIS BOOK. The author doesn’t just encourage you to take the leap. He grabs your hand and jumps off the cliff with you. And 'Ageless Startup' comes with the added bonus of tight, well-paced writing that is always beautiful, occasionally downright lyrical. Not your average self-help book, not by a long shot."
Jeffrey K. Walker, Author

Interview - Wed. April 29 with Doug Wagner - WMT-AM, Cedar Rapids, IA

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I love radio.  My favorite genre is morning news radio.

I get a chance to talk about Ageless Startup with Doug Wagner at WMT-AM in Cedar Rapids this Friday, May 1 about 8:55 AM. Eastern / 7:55 Central.   Can't wait!

If we get a minute, I think Doug and I might get to talk about our love for Roberto Clemente.


There is a 'Listen Live' link on The Doug Wagner Show page at WMT.







Amazon 'Look inside' feature enabled for Ageless Startup

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Amazon has enabled the 'Look Inside' feature, for Ageless Startup (Kindle edition).

I'm able to see the full table of contents, publication info, reviews, the great forward by Dr. John Golden., and a nice intro to the book.

Home page for Ageless Startup at Amazon


Note from Amazon:
Just so you know..rom Amazon: This view is of the Kindle edition (2020) from Entrepreneur Press. A preview of the print book (Paperback edition) is currently not available.

Kindle version now available

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Amazon also released its Kindle version of the book this week. 


Ageless Startup landing page at Amazon

The 3-Step Startup Journey

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Starting a business isn’t a singular event, but a journey with three important phases: permission, planning, and practice.


Entrepreneur.  Rick Terrien.  March 12, 2020

... you must plan strategies and business processes that make you increasingly proficient in the professional practice you’re creating. It’s vital that you learn and improve with every transaction. Building a successful practice means establishing a professional business model as well as a subject expertise.
You can enter any part of our economy at a small scale that matches your goals and aspirations. But it’s crucial to build a professional practice and personally grow in professionalism as you develop your business model. Treat your business like the professional practice it is right from the start.


READ THE FULL STORY






Ageless Startup released!

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Ageless Startup was officially released this week.

The writing began 15 years.  In a cheap hotel in Dubuque, Iowa.  The hotel was near a John Deere plant where I was installing one of our fluid treatment systems.

I had heard about blogs, but didn't know how to do it.  I wrote the first post out in my notebook at the hotel.  I saved that page for a long time.  It was all schmeered up with oil from the work and blood from busted knuckles.

It's a real thrill to see Ageless Startup emerge as a book!


Visit the book order page here

Photo is from our U.S. Small Business New Product of the Year Award ceremony.  National Society of Professional Engineers.

The 2 Systems You Need to Set Up for Startup Success

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The 2 Systems You Need to Set Up for Startup Success

One involves people; the other, finances. But both are essential to run your business effectively.

Entrepreneur.    Rick Terrien   April 16, 2020.
No one can start a business with absolutely no help. Whether you’ve incorporated your own team from the outset, or you simply need the right advisors to help you launch, you need to know the ins and outs of building a truly supportive team.


Support Teams
Support teams for small enterprises are critical. Here are some professional areas in which you might want to seek extra help...
Financial Systems
Next, you’ll want to create an internal management structure that deals with the details and creates peace of mind for all involved. Start with sound money practices, structures and tools....

READ THE FULL STORY.

Podcast Interview with EntreEd

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Listen to the podcast here.

EntreEd is the home of the National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education.

I had a wonderful, wide-ranging conversation with the good folks at EntreEd recently.   They have posted this to their podcast series Entre Ed Talk.  Thanks for a great interview Toi and Amber!



EntreEd andthe National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education are a great advocate for entrepreneurship:   "As the future of work continues to evolve, EntreEd instills entrepreneurial mindsets in every student, every year to forge a more entrepreneurial America."  

Learn more about EntreEd here

Laying the Groundwork for Your Ageless Startup

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Laying the Groundwork for Your Ageless Startup 

Find out what first steps you need to take to maximize potential.

Rick Terrien

VIP CONTRIBUTOR
April 9, 2020

Most startups take far longer to get underway than people think. This is especially true for small, self-funded startups. That isn’t a bad thing; it’s just what it is. What this should be saying to you is to start your own small business as soon as possible because it’ll take longer than you think to get it going. Start it while you have a day job. Start it in your spare time. It won’t be easy, but the time is there. Find what time you can, and put it to work.
So, start now. Start slow. Take some time to think about it and explore the possibilities. Following are the first two things you’ll need to do to launch a slow startup to make it sustainable for the long term.
Step 1: Lay the Groundwork
The first step is to get a realistic understanding of what it takes to wake up an idea, as well as the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship and ho…