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My real name is: Joe Wasylyk
My Brand Name is: Seniorpreneur
Location: Edmonton, Alberta Canada

My Business Purpose- To help the 40 or 50+ demographic with the topic of senior entrepreneurship & transitioning from a long career in a traditional corporate job to becoming more active, creative, productive & prosperous in their new retirement lifestyle.

My Social Purpose- To help alleviate seniors poverty.

Other Interests- Lifelong Learning, Financial Literacy & Financial Education for the 50+ demographic.

Author- I have written & self-published a non-fiction business book for the 50+ demographic.

My One Page Website (http://www.seniorpreneur.ca/ has all the important links to social media, etc.

My Goal With This Group- To meet with like-minded 40 or 50+ members in this group to find out what successes or failures you have experienced in trying to get your Second or Third Act launched successfully.
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@Seniorpreneur

Glad you are here!

If the 40 and 50 demographic is the senior entrepreneur, what are the 60 somethings who still have a bit of fire in them?

I look forward to checking out your site.
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Bill, Thanks for accepting my introduction. I just want to mention that my focus is the 50+ demographic which includes the 60 somethings. I'm intentionally adding those as young as 40. In many sources today a younger entrepreneur is defined as those under 40. The rest (oldies) are 40 or older as defined in this present society.
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@Seniorpreneur welcome

What is the biggest challenge facing you at the moment?
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Steve, Thanks for the welcome. In Canada my biggest challenge is getting a business support group and more resources for the 50+ entrepreneurs and small business owners. Most of the Canadian Government resources are ear marked for the under 40 or younger entrepreneurs. Yes, the under 40 crowd is important and needs more help in this very competitive society. But at the same time why are we isolating the older entrepreneurs to basically stay on their own 'pasture land' or be forced to work alone? Yes, in the USA I understand that there is more help for ALL entrepreneurs of different ages but sadly this is not the case in Canada.
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@Seniorpreneur why do you need a business support group that provides you with resources... could you not start your own group and generate your own resources once established.

For example you could consider starting a meetup group, and have venues in each city... that your target audience can attend... have systems in place so that each runs the same ... have them run by appointed members, etc... etc.

End result you could have a whole series of groups meeting under your umbrella without you having to seek any external help whatsoever ...

Just throwing a few thoughts out...
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@Seniorpreneur What @Steve says.

If it's not there, build it.

What a great opportunity to find a niche that is not served.

If you are 60 then I suppose you are over 40 or over 50, too. 8-)

When is it too late to start something new?
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Originally Posted by Steve
@Seniorpreneur why do you need a business support group that provides you with resources... could you not start your own group and generate your own resources once established.

For example you could consider starting a meetup group, and have venues in each city... that your target audience can attend... have systems in place so that each runs the same ... have them run by appointed members, etc... etc.

End result you could have a whole series of groups meeting under your umbrella without you having to seek any external help whatsoever ...

Just throwing a few thoughts out...


Steve, I wish it was that easy. My only product to date is a book about senior entrepreneurs. I work globally where books can be shipped to any Country. I've been to many meetups. In most cases you get the same people come to any one meetup.

To put my 'Seniorpreneur Project' into perspective if you live in the United Kingdom take a look at what Startup U.K. is doing. It takes an army of people and significant resources to pull this off. I started at the idea stage and I will need outside help since nothing is happening in Canada for the benefit of older entrepreneurs. Also, most seniors will need business training & possibly computer training to work on any entrepreneurial project.

Joe W.
Seniorpreneur
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@Belew, It's never too late to start something new. However; many seniors 50+ wait too long before starting a project. One individual who had a good logistics idea for moving merchandise just happen to die; but the sad case there was no one that wanted to take over his new project. So you can startup a project but it doesn't have much value until it's carried out.

Joe W.
Seniorpreneur
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@Seniorpreneur

But aren't seniors winding down instead of winding up?

Do you have a different opinion?
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@Belew, That's what it looks like on the surface for maybe 75-80% of seniors, especially the ones that are financially well off. The well off seniors can still be candidates for social entrepreneur projects with an opportunity to give back to society. Most seniors probably still want to find a way to do something meaningful including business startups if that's what they are passionate about.

Joe W.
Seniorpreneur
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@Seniorpreneur

Or maybe consulting or mentorship of some sort?
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@Seniorpreneur

Negative, negative ... to succeed you are going to need to make things happen. Instead of looking at roadblocks and thinking I need Government help to do this as I need massive funds ... look for ways you can do things and grow your business organically.

Heck set up a gofundme account and see if the seniors themselves will fund your startup ...

As to seniors needing to be retrained ... they should be doing things that draw on all their years of experience, that is their UVP.... the Internet and Space Travel were invented by seniors ... they have lots of experience.
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@Belew, Consulting is usually the first retirement career choice when leaving a corporate job. This is an extension of the job the senior is familiar with. Mentorship is definitely something Canada needs to develop. Maybe not as extensive as is available in the USA with SCORE.org but at least something workable at the community level.

@Steve, Are you familiar with Startup Britain founded by Emma Jones or the SeniorPreneur Meetup in Australia? Seniorpreneur Groups are happening around the World almost at the same time. If you know something about these groups what do you think about their production and/or marketing strategies?

Most potential seniorpreneurs will have to be re-trained or collaborate, especially if they want to pursue something new and not be just an extension of their old corporate job. Technology and business models are changing more rapidly than most seniors can handle. Even I'm partnering with a computer consultant specialist who worked on e-Pub & editing my book on senior entrepreneurship. I actually wrote my manuscript pen on paper and had very little knowledge of computers. This is called older entrepreneurs collaborating with younger entrepreneurs for their highly skilled technical knowledge.
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@Seniorpreneur I fall into what you call a senior entrepreneur ... I live in Australia but I'm from the UK and I've never heard of either of these organizations ... and my gut tells me they are simply organizations designed to massage unemployment figures to make whichever government is in power look better.

As to marketing I know what works and what doesn't for me and those that choose to follow my lead, and plenty do follow ... but then who knows if I know my stuff ... lol

@Seniorpreneur I understand you've chosen your path forward... I also know that if I was doing this, I would be pushing it forward without the need of government help.

Will be interesting to see how you make this happen.
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Nice thread... I can see the desire to be helpful and thoughtful as people make suggestions for @Seniorpreneur. Both @Steve and @Belew are making good suggestions, however I sense some reluctance on the part of @Seniorpreneur to take the bull by the horns and move forward in the direction of his passion.

Actually, it is not so much reluctance, as it is @Seniorpreneur being strapped by his own technical limitations. The reality that technology has moved much faster than most of us were ever prepared for, is a harsh pill to swallow.

I am encouraged for him and his project when I see that he is collaborating with another fellow that is helping with the technical stuff.

Keep that collaboration alive and you will learn a great deal about being of service to the older generation in this new digital environment. You have an admirable mission.

Good luck, young fella!
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@globalman22 @Seniorpreneur

If you, or I, can't do it, we are to team up with someone who can.

Good thoughts!
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@Steve I think that Government help is good if it's available on a timely basis. If not, I think that the focus needs to be placed more on the community eco-system.

About the Seniorpreneur organizations in the UK and Australia I agree that they are probably more introduction type of outlets. To get to know them better I have become a member of both organizations.

Joe W.
Seniorpreneur
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@globalman22 Thanks for your honest comments given about my Seniorpreneur Project. This is probably the most difficult and frustrating project that I have ever taken on.

I agree that there has been some reluctance on my part to keep moving forward. It's been a very frustrating journey so far. A case in point is my Blog: http://seniorpreneur.wordpress.com

I stopped writing my blog in Jan./2015 after writing 36-Only monthly articles. In Canada things have been moving slower than I want them to. This is the reason I have gone back to doing more research on the topic of senior entrepreneurship in Canada. Recently, I connected with an individual who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. He is involved with the Startup Halifax organization and has a passion for Seniorpreneurs.
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