Start a business

Age can be an asset for entrepreneurs. There is a false myth out there that to start a business you need to be young and geeky, work from the garage and end up creating companies that go on to become the new Apple or Hewlett Packard.  

Yes, there are some very young, very successful entrepreneurs in the world, however statistics show that there are twice as many who are over 50 years old as there are under 25 years old.There are various reasons for wanting to become self-employed:

  • Redundancy – now is the ideal opportunity to explore that idea you have always wanted to try.
  • Early retirement – more time to spend on your hobby – is it something that could earn you money at the same time?
  • Quality of life – no longer wanting to do the “9 – 5” pressured job. Self-employment allows a greater flexibility and quality of life – you are in charge of your own hours.

The OLDERPRENEURS project is run by the IW Chamber of Commerce with three very experienced business advisors to guide you through the process, all of whom happen to be over 50.

The programme includes the option to attend a one-day training course which sets out the basic information needed to start a business. It also provides an opportunity to meet other individuals also looking to start up their own businesses.

The workshops are very well attended so booking is essential.

Programme participants also have the opportunity to access on-going one-to-one mentoring sessions with the programme’s business advisors.

We also hold regular network events. These are VERY informal gatherings to encourage participants to make a wide range of new business contacts. These have been extremely successful so far with new friends and connections being made, as well as business being exchanged and referrals put in place.

One of the most important things to establish is a support network for you to talk things through and let off steam. This project, through the IW Chamber of Commerce, allows you to do just that so you are not “going it alone”.

We can’t do it for you but we will provide you with the support you need to make a success of establishing your business.

Island Business January / February 2019

Island Business January / February 2019

Events

february

19feb11:00 am1:00 pmMember tour of Rapanui/Teemill Factory

21feb9:30 am4:00 pmFree One-Day Business Start Up Course

21feb9:30 am4:00 pm50 Plus Start Me Up - Free One-Day Business Start Up Course

26feb9:30 am3:30 pmThe Art of of Project Management

march

01mar7:30 am9:30 amIW Chamber Business Breakfast at Island Sailing Club

05mar7:30 am9:30 amTuesday Tea and Toast Networking at Slug and Lettuce

06mar9:00 am10:00 amThe Benefits of Joining the Isle Of Wight Chamber

07mar9:30 am12:00 pmSocial Media Training for Beginners with Chris Court Associates

07mar1:00 pm5:00 pmSocial Media Interactive Workshop with Chris Court Associates

12mar10:00 am12:30 pmAdventurous Networking at Adventure Activities - Morning Session

12mar12:30 pm2:00 pmIW Chamber Networking Lunch at Adventure Activities

12mar2:00 pm4:30 pmAdventurous Networking at Adventure Activities - Afternoon Session

18mar(mar 18)9:30 am22(mar 22)12:30 pm5 Day Sales & Social Course

19mar9:30 am11:30 amHow Can I Raise My Prices, Safely? (Dave Simon,Double-Your-Profits)

21mar9:30 am4:00 pmFree One-Day Business Start Up Course

21mar9:30 am4:00 pm50 Plus Start Me Up - Free One-Day Business Start Up Course

21mar6:00 pm8:00 pmIW Chamber Business Dinner hosted by Briddlesford Farm

27mar10:00 am5:00 pmTeams to Inspire – 1 Day Training Course by In2action

28mar7:30 am9:30 amFree Employment Law & HR Update event for businesses & HR professionals

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