I get caught up talking about retirement not only in my work but often in social settings too.  There are two things I hear everywhere –  one is concern over the money lasting, the other is the fact that most of us do not want to stop working because we have reached some arbitrary age of 60 or 65!  Most of us do not feel ready to close the door and take on a life of full-time leisure.
You may have read some of my blogs on the 60&Me website and realised that I am a passionate advocate for working in retirement.  Much of my writing is about setting up as an entrepreneur when you leave the big corporate life.  But in reality, it is often the life of a ‘solopreneur’ because at our age we do not want to start employing staff and attracting overheads.   I was drawn to this fact by a blog this morning.
The author talks about 5 important factors, but there are two that I would like to focus on here:
1.        You need to be organized.  Very often in a large firm your structure and routine are set out for you.  But many solopreneurs choose to work from home because of the savings on overheads and this means that you have to be super-organized and able to set very clear boundaries.  Because I live on my own it is possible for my work to spill over into my home life, but when there are others to consider you cannot simply catch up over weekends if your attention has been diverted during the week.  As an eager startup, you want to meet the potential new client at any time that suits them, but this will eventually result in erosion of the time you have for yourself, your partner and your family.  Being organized makes it easier to set the boundaries.
2.       You need a network.  Brainstorming on your own is not fun.  It is also seldom very productive.  A coaching client this morning was commenting on the fact that ideas seem to flow when he is working with me.  Yes, call it an ‘accountability buddy’ or someone to simply bounce your new ideas off, but you will find you do need to have people around you who are not necessarily customers but are interested in what you are doing.    You may want to start by attending some networking meetings which are specifically structured for you to get some ‘warm’ leads, but look around and see who you can bring into your networking circle, who would be an asset to your business.   Being a solopreneur is lonely and networking is one way of circumventing this.  Another is, of course, to find yourself a coach – that is what I did this year and it has proven very beneficial.
You can read the rest of the article that inspired me, here.