Tips from a small business owner who left the corporate world
By Stan Gornicz
I was a small business owner building sound systems and providing DJ entertainment. Then, after a decade and a half, I dove into the 9 to 5 corporate world, managing databases, developing websites and creating corporate communications. These days, after a layoff and with my kids almost through college, I’ve begun my second act as an entrepreneur, using my writing skills to help clients form creative communications strategies.
This time around, I have a firm grasp on the number of hours I’ll be putting in — and I’m ready. And I’m far from alone. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, entrepreneurs over 50 are one of America’s fastest growing groups of business owners. In fact, the Kauffman Foundation, which studies entrepreneurship, says Americans age 55 to 64 start businesses at a higher rate than those in their 20s and 30s.