Five Ways To Know It’s Really Too Late to Start a Business

One of the very first things some of my “older” entrepreneurs often ask is if it is really too late to start a business.They may be in their late 40’s through 60’s and ready to leave a career behind but not ready to really stop working entirely.Some have been downsized or have had to face unstable years in a career they were trained for.Many have often thought of beginning a business earlier in their lives but waited for one reason or another.

They are both excited and anxious but often have that major question lurking in their minds and ask,” Is it too late to start a business?”

Somehow they have developed a belief that age is a factor in being a successful entrepreneur.

In order to help determine if it is too late to become an entrepreneur here are  FIVE ways to tell if your time for success has come and gone.

  1. Your physical limitations will prevent you from working in the business you want to create. (It’s not practical to want to start becoming a dance instructor if you find it hard to walk or move). BUT You could own the studio and hire instructors to teach!
  2. You aren’t comfortable with aspects of the business you will have to deal with. (I had one client who wanted to open a pet resort but really only liked cats, not other animals). SO She needed to redefine what her business would really be and her role in the business.
  3. You dislike working with the public. At any age this can be a deal breaker if you want to sell a service or product. HOWEVER you can create the service or product and have others market and deliver for you!
  4. Your business idea is not well thought out. Maybe you missed the market to start producing telephone books.It’s a bad idea to start a business on a whim whether you are 20 or 50 but the loss of income on a poorly planned out business venture may be harder to recover from when you are older.THEREFORE, it makes total sense to get some assistance in making sure you are on track for success as you develop your business ideas.
  5. You are dead. Actually this is the only time it really is too late to start a business.

So,age is hardly a factor if you have some good mentors and assistance in developing your business.

Both Success Magazine and The Balance have great articles on why older entrepreneurs have a great shot at being successful.

If you are hesitating developing that business model because you think you are too old to be your own boss, think again.

I recently coached a 62 year old who opened a consulting service to medical professionals and a 58 year old who is teaching “do it yourself” auto repair via online and workshops nearly replacing his income as a teacher for last year!

You have packed a lot of experience under your belt.You have survived failure and disappointment.You most likely have a more stable network of those you can count on and a better handle on what matters most in life.

I’d say


When is it REALLY too late? Unfortunately, I did have one client that it was too late for and you can read about that HERE, but other than her circumstances, too late is simply relative.

Are you an “ENCOREPRENEUR” ready to leave a career and start your own business? Check out what others had to say about COACHING and the ENCORE ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM.

What business do you want to start but think it is too late to for and why?

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Last week at the church I attend (yes, I am a Christian and go to church by choice), I heard a speaker, Danielle Strickland talk about her own journey becoming a missionary and working with victims of human trafficking.

She spoke about how many people never do extraordinary things because they don’t think they are capable, resourceful or even skilled enough to tackle specific issues.One thing she continued to say throughout her talk was to “Use what you have.”

She learned this one day when she and another woman baked cupcakes and took them to a local brothel. Listen to her story HERE.

Use What You Have is the very mantra every entrepreneur needs to adopt.

When I talk with people about moving from a day job to doing something they love,often the biggest drawback that holds them back is the belief that they are somehow inadequate, lacking in resources, energy, time, ideas or skill in order to take that leap.

Many have never really considered what they already have that can propel their ideas into a great second income or business venture.They have a dream but they are filled with insecurity, doubt and the irrational idea that success belongs to those who are aptly endowed with a specific skill set or degree on the wall.

I can’t begin to tell you how unfortunate it is to miss out on something you want because you have convinced yourself somehow you aren’t worthy.

Many, many successful entrepreneurs started with next to nothing. Many lacked degrees, dropped out of school, failed, moved in with parents, experienced financial failure had their health compromised and yet they succeeded often because they used what they had.(Read the bios of Brendan Burchard, Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Carrey, John Glenn, Suze Orman, Dr.Phil, Harry Houdini)

I remind clients regularly that it isn’t what you know that matters as much as what you can offer of value, because

Using what you have means moving forward with your own gifts and letting the world unwrap what they need.

Using what you have means taking what you know and working with it to create the plan that moves your dreams forward.

Using what you have means STARTING WHERE YOU ARE to get where you want to be.

There is no logical reason to wait when using what you have can already cause momentum.

If you are waiting for your lot in life to get stronger, richer, smarter or better you aren’t using what you have, you’re using an excuse.

Everyone is given specific gifts, talents; unique personal  abilities given just to them.

Trying to acquire another’s gifts, talents or unique skills is futile and illogical.

Danielle and her friend used cupcakes to start a major revolution in working with victims who were trafficked.

What you have has the potential to help you live a larger life, but only if you use it.

Want to learn how to use what you have to start something bigger?

Sign up for a complimentary consult today and come away with a plan and a purpose.

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Can I Teach You How to Fly?

When you were younger did you ever try to fly? Probably weren’t successful right? I wasn’t either, at least at the type of flying I started out trying to do.

There are 4 little birds in a nest in a large Boston Fern on my porch.
I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a bird lover when they are located where I like to work most of the time.

I haven’t encouraged these birds, in fact earlier in the season, I bought a large owl ( yeah, I know bird lovers are gonna hate me!) and set it on my porch to deter the very thing that is happending in my fern right now.

Obviously it (the Owl) wasn’t effective, at least for these birds!

I don’t mind the birds so much as their dive bombing behavior when I try to enter my porch. It’s also a little tricky trying to water the fern to keep it alive.

But, I feel sure within a week or so, those little babies will get a BIG PUSH from the mama bird and they will fly the coop or nest, if you will.

The mama bird knows it’s hard to fly but it has to happen and she gives them a push because it’s important for the birds to gain their independence.


Many of you have contacted me to tell me you would love to have some coaching but feel you just can’t make it work right now.

Well, What if I gave you a BIG PUSH? That’s right, I will offer you 50% more coaching for your time and money.

Some of you already have businesses and want them to run more efficiently and make more $$. Some of you have shared that you need some steps for getting your idea off the ground and still others have told me that you want to take your passion and create an income stream.


But, I am only offering this to my newsletter subscribers only and ONLY through July 4. After that this offer goes away.

So now is your chance to get 90 minutes of coaching for the same rate as a 60 minute session. 

But you can’t do this on my calendar or even through Social Media. You must sign up to receive the monthly newsletter filled with all types of tips, strategies and stories about how others started a successful business.

To get this special offer, SIGN UP HERE
Then you’ll get the details to get 50% more coaching.
But Hurry, the offer ends at 11:59 p.m. July 4.

This year, start your Independence Day a bit early and let me teach you how to fly!!

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Use, Don’t Refuse the Muse


A Muse is considered your source of personal inspiration.While the original term refers to goddesses in Greek mythology, today anything that you derive your spark of creativity from might be considered your Muse.

We might be inspired by anything our senses experience,by an event we take part in or even a cause we are passionate about.Sometimes our muse is a mentor or someone who gives us permission to run with our ideas,our passion,our dreams.

I recently heard an interview with an ice hockey player who shared that before he could even skate, he would dream of hoisting that Stanley Cup over his head while skating on the ice.His Muse was the picture in his mind of what he could be.

Back in the 80’s, Bruce Springsteen sang,“You can’t start a fire without a spark” in Dancing in the Dark.So, really a muse is often the spark that starts everything.

Even people who might believe themselves to be less than creative have a Muse;something that moves them to release their talents, opinions,skill or energy to “start something.”

Call it whatever you want but that voice that keeps calling you is trying to get your attention and often a true Muse doesn’t stop calling even when you wish it would.

So, what is YOUR Muse? Is it something you witnessed, something you read, something that speaks to your soul?Does your Muse keep you up at night with ideas or cause you to daydream about how something could be?

And when you discovered your Muse, did you choose to follow or refuse to let it lead you?

Sometimes our unhappiness stems from refusing instead of choosing when our Muse is calling.

We sense a passion or deep interest in something but without following it further, we might smother the very Muse that has been placed in our life to be our message.

It’s not like some voodoo or juju and definitely not just a magical wish.Think of your Muse as the way you experience what gets you dreaming, creating,following through and if you think you haven’t met your Muse yet, here are 15 questions to help you look for it and find the spark that starts the fire:

  1. Where do you go to clear your head or find your soul?
  2. What books do you feel drawn to read?
  3. What activity is tops on your list when you think of how you like to spend your time?
  4. What hobbies do you have?
  5. What movies, TV shows or plays hold the most appeal to you?
  6. Where do you enjoy vacationing or taking a break?
  7. Who is someone you love spending all your time with?
  8. What do other people tell you is your gift?
  9. What causes or issues pull at your heartstrings?
  10. What experience do you replay over and over in your mind?
  11. What did you always want to do or be when you were younger?
  12. What do you love to do in your free time?
  13. If you had unlimited resources and never really HAD to work, what would you do with your time?
  14. If you were only given a short time to live, what would you do differently?
  15. What do others compliment you on or seek your advice about?

Your Muse is out there and waiting. USE don’t REFUSE the MUSE! It can be Life Changing!


I’ve helped many people respond to their Muse and learn how to create a stream of income from it and I would love to help you as well. Set up a COMPLIMENTARY CONSULT, there’s no obligation and let’s see if we can find the spark that creates your fire.

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Want a Little Business A`La Carte?

One of my friends is a bit compulsive about any food presented to her.She often prefers any liquid foods to be a’la carte. Whether a gravy, sauce or type of condiment, she simply enjoys having those items on the side rather than on top or mixed in with her meal.

Many people prefer to start or even keep a business that way.

They are perhaps employed full or part-time as an employee and want to start a business but logistically must do it “on the side.”

Now many people will tell you that is not a wise way to start a business, but I totally disagree.

I started my first business while working full time as an employee.Yes, it took some inventive strategies to make sure I was able to juggle both positions effectively and it certainly involves some grit and stamina, but I know if I did it, you can too!

Many of my clients have A`La Carte businesses.They are either transitioning from traditional employment or have elected to grow a business on the side in addition to their current career.

A`la Carte businesses can be just as, if not more successful than even running a business without any career competition especially if you have the right mindset and determination.

Here are FIVE Necessary Factors that contribute to Successful A` La Carte businesses.

  1. TIME MANAGEMENT…It’s difficult enough to have a career without a side business and still manage a family and home.Running an A` la Carte business requires putting into place time management strategies to work on your side business to help it be successful without compromising relationships, health, or current employment .
  2. RELATIONAL SUPPORT…Working at a job and then running a business A`La Carte requires communication among all involved. Your significant other, family members and other colleagues needs to be “on the same page” for your business to grow and become successful.
  3. ADAPTABILITY…Few people can start a business A`La Carte and not experience some obstacles. One of my clients had a perfect schedule mapped out to be able to grow her business on the side while working part time. However, when a colleague had an emergency, my client was asked to move into full time employment for several months. Her Plan B changed immediately and she had to be adaptable and resilient in order not to let her new venture just sit on the back burner.
  4. COMMITMENT…A side business is not like a hobby that you get to whenever you have time. A true side business requires consistent attention and dedication. It’s very hard to have a side business that only “works” when you make time for it. You must be as committed to growing your side business as you are to doing whatever other jobs you have.
  5. ABILITY TO DELEGATE WHAT NEEDS DELEGATED…I am not saying your five year old should respond to your email or your teenage son become your courier service, but many people who start businesses on the side want to save as much money as possible but often at the expense of trying to juggle everything themselves. KNOW what you are not good at and ask for help in the areas which are your weaknesses. It is foolish to try and wear all the hats particularly when you are juggling another job. Sometimes delegation is necessary on the other parts of your life outside of your new business.

Often clients contact me who have been trying to grow a business A`La Carte and wonder why things are not working as they should. Sometimes they just need to make a few adjustments to help their venture grow smoothly.There is nothing worse than having the skills necessary to grow a business but becoming stuck at some step of growth because there is a snag somewhere and you can’t seem to fix it. Often being so close to the problem prevents a business owner from being able to truly diagnosis the problem and discover a more viable solution.

I tell clients wanting to start a business “on the side”, THREE IMPORTANT RULES when starting a new business while working in traditional employment


So, Maybe it IS time to start your business A`La Carte.I can promise you this might be one of the best decisions you have ever made.But, it is an overwhelming job to try and launch a side business while working for someone else.I’d love to help you start efficiently and grow successfully.

Schedule a Complimentary Consult and let’s see what you need to do to get your Business A`La Carte ready to rock your world.


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What’s On Your Professional Bucket List?

Everyone seems to have written a bucket list at some point.I have mine framed and hung in our family room.It reminds me of what I truly want to do and often helps me decide something I am pondering if I believe it will help me complete an item.

I think we need different bucket lists at different points in our life.Certainly if you made a bucket list in your twenties, you might want to review and revise it again as your seasons of life change. One of my friends made a bucket list for both of her children during their first year of life.She included all the things she wanted to help them learn in their first 18 years.She gave it to them on their graduation day and they were encouraged to add to the list.

But, how many people create a professional bucket list;a list of how you want to earn a living, grow professionally and create a career path?

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you develop some goals on your professional bucket list.

  1. How would I love to earn my living?(Yes, WRITE it down. You’ll never create a path to work at doing what you love if you can’t even commit to admiting it.)
  2. What position would I create to showcase my skills?
  3. Where do I want my career path to end up in the next year, 5 years, 10 years?
  4. What would I really like to get more training or instruction learning to do?
  5. What do I refuse to compromise moving forward professionally?
  6. Where would I like to work?
  7. What income would I like to earn?

Asking yourself these questions can help you create a plan to identify what you want on your professional bucket list.

You can spend a lifetime dreaming of the trips you want to take, the home you want to have, the experiences you want to participate in and you can add each to your bucket list but unless you have a professional bucket list that will provide you with a future that is successful, resourceful and sustained, you may never be able to realize the dreams you have on your other bucket lists.

So, wherever you find yourself this summer, start writing down how, where and what you want your professional career be.Consider this the first step of your grand plan and then stop settling for anything less.

Most people will  spend over 2,200 hours a year working and close to a million hours in their lifetime earning a living.

Isn’t it about time you spent a few hours planning how you want that time to pay off?


Kathy Brunner is a certified career/business coach. If you are ready to move from day job to DREAM WORK, schedule a complimentary consult and see how she can help you do just that!

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Living Life on Your Terms

What does it mean to live life on your terms? A simplistic definition might be to do whatever you want to do but that can’t always be possible.Life has rules, parameters, boundaries and often an unpredictable ebb and flow.

Living life on your terms is more about being yourself in each circumstance.It’s about doing what represents your values, beliefs and nature.It’s about not pretending or imagining yourself to be what others want but rather being comfortable in your own skin.

So How Do You Know You’re Living Life on Your Terms?

Living life on your terms means listening to your gut and not waiting for permission to try something you have always wanted.

Living life on your terms means not resigning yourself to letting others live your life for you.

Living life on your terms means taking ownership of your dreams and goals while not being worried or afraid that those dreams and goals don’t meet the expectations of others.

Have you put the things that bring you joy and contentment on the back burner?

Maybe you have told yourself it’s not the right time, or place or even that YOU are not the right person to enjoy those things.

Perhaps you don’t live life on your terms because you are afraid of what others might think, say, or learn about you.

That’s not living. That’s compromising the only life you will ever get.

If you have been waiting to work at your Dream Work and don’t know how to make it happen,is it because you are afraid, insecure, worried about what others might say or just not sure what to do first?

Maybe you hear music that begs you to dance to a different drum but you can’t seem to get your feet moving.

You know you really want to.You know you really need to.You know you really have to, but you’re just not moving.

You just watch, or worse, you dance the waltz when you really want to tango.

It’s NOT your terms and NOT your dream and now it’s NOT even your dance.

See, It’s just like these birds. One is living life on his terms and the other, well the other is just living. Living is not bad but living life on YOUR terms is often spectacular.

Click on picture to watch

Because, Somedays YOU have to dance. The music sounds just right, it speaks to your soul, you feel the rhythm and you just want to break into what makes you, well, YOU!

Ready to move from your day job to your DREAM WORK. Schedule a Complimentary Consult.I have helped many people do just that and I want you to enjoy your dance before your music stops as well.

Don’t miss the chance to dance when the music speaks to your heart.

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My New Rescue Dog and the Picture in Your MInd

This has been a week of mixed emotions for me.On Monday we said “Good-bye” to the Weimaraner we rescued more than 12 years ago.He truly was an amazing animal and one I bonded with completely.Everything about this week has been bittersweet.

Tomorrow we will arrive to meet our new special boy and take him back to his now furever home.I am anxious, excited and scared.I hope that the picture of what comes next in my mind will come to pass.

That’s what it is like to dream about something and then realize it has the potential to happen.

Now, don’t get me wrong.I’m no Pollyanna.I have another dog at home and know there will be some bumpy times until everyone settles in.Expecting this helps me be realistic but I still have some anxiety about those bumpy moments.I’m in this rescue for the long run and am willing to do what it takes to make that picture in my mind of two happy dogs playing and loving life together happen.

What about that picture in your mind? You have a picture in your mind too; a dream, a vision of what you really want to be doing.I bet you feel mixed emotions about that dream as well.

Maybe it’s still a dream because you are nervous,excited and scared and because you know there would be bumpy times trying to make it happen. Maybe it’s still a dream because as much as you want it to happen you just can’t seem to get started.

So it stays just a picture in your mind.

Every time we want something badly enough and let it stay just a picture in our mind, we lose a little part of our soul. It’s a lot like being hungry but not letting yourself eat anything.

The picture in my mind started several months ago. A starved dog, just skin and bones crossed my pet searches.He was too famished for a vet to even estimate his age. But, I knew this dog was the one for me.

I will travel 1000 miles to get this animal and bring him home.I will be nervous, excited and scared to meet him as I wonder if it will work out.

Let’s face it, we never know whether the picture in our mind will really work out until we try.

And I am not satisfied having my picture be another person’s reality.So I will take a chance.

Maybe it’s time for you to do the same.Stop dreaming about the picture and take a chance living the reality.Take that first step towards something you really want.

Because the picture in your mind becomes someone’s reality every day.

Isn’t it time it became YOURS?

I’ll keep you posted, but for now, here’s a before/after of the picture in my mind.

Tomorrow he becomes my reality.



Ready to get that picture in your mind of the work you love to reality. Schedule a complimentary consult today!

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Making Sure Your Start Up Can Stay Up

Starting a business is much like having a baby.You plan and plan for months, taking care of details, making sure no stone is left unturned as you count down to the big event.Sure sometimes there are a few glitches and things that go wrong but most of the time the planning and procedures you take prior to the big event pay off.

However all that meticulous diligence and attention you gave your business when it started often goes into autopilot.Initiallly your customer base grows, you are getting great reviews and enjoying the fruits of your labor,but just like the terrible twos that seem to change a sweet little bundle of joy into a demanding and obstinate toddler, things in your business start to change.

You might notice your customers are checking in with new competition.Products and programs that once were in demand now have few takers.As you watch your revenue drop, you realize your business just isn’t what it was or could be.

Sometimes it’s hard to put your finger on what is wrong.You just know that this isn’t the direction you hoped your business would take In some fields, new regulations change how you can do work.Sometimes you feel overwhelmed trying to know what to work on first.

That’s why you need to attend the FREE TELESEMINAR, Creating a Relevant Business.


In today’s world status quo just doesn’t cut it.That’s just what everyone expects out of a service or product. There’s no “WOW” to status quo and definitely no promise of growth or long term success.

If your business is in status quo stage or hanging on to anything but thriving you need to act NOW.Thinking things will turn themselves around is dangerous and foolish.

There are specific actions you can take to make sure your business remains RELEVANT, RESILIENT and not REDUDANT.

Whether you are thinking about starting a business or already own a business.You won’t keep a start up staying up unless you know how to make your business RELEVANT.

What do I mean relevant?I mean a business that is well aware of exactly what its customers want not just today but next week and even next year,what changes need to take place and has a plan to grow with the times.I mean a business that learns how to anticipate needs before they occur,a business that exceeds expectations, a business that doesn’t just work but that WOWS.

Without a relevant business you will lose ground, lose customers and lose revenue.

So whether you are thinking of starting a business or already have one, join me for a FREE TELESEMINAR on Monday May 15…How to Create a Relevant Business.

I promise you’ll be glad you took the time to make sure your start up can stay up.

You’ll learn the most important things you can do to help your business continue to thrive.


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There are countless new businesses opening daily.I live in Georgia, which was once again ranked the #1 place to start a business in the country(WOOHOO!).But there is no hiding the fact that 96% (YIKES!) of businesses fail within ten years of starting.

Given such grim statistics one would wonder why even bother becoming a business owner!

Yet, owning your own business is a TICKET TO FREEDOM in many ways.You can set your own hours (although you will most likely work more than a typical 40 hr. work week), determine how much income you really want to make and even choose who you want to work with.You certainly don’t have those kinds of choices as an employee.Sure, being your own boss comes with some pretty significant responsibilities but I don’t hear from successful business owners about how they wish they were employees and I know my fellow coaches don’t either.

So why do only a handful of businesses succeed?While there may be statistical data that point to a specific set of critieria.I think the number one way to remain a successful business is to be RELEVANT.

As a business owner you must evaluate how relevant your business is.It’s not just a matter of whether it is making a profit today but how well will it succeed in making a profit next year, three years from now or even ten years from now?

There are some significant questions business owners and potential business owners need to ask themselves on a consistent basis to make sure the business is RELEVANT and SUSTAINABLE. Some of those questions include:

What will it take to stay profitable in ten years?

How will the way I meet consumer’s needs now change in the next year, five or ten years?

What is the first step I need to take in making my sure my business has relevancy?

What is the best way to stay top of mind and develop a strategy for remaining relevant?

What aspects of my business are thwarting its ability to stay relevant and prosperous?

If you are thinking of starting a business or already are a successful business owner, keep in mind that relevance can be lost in a single interaction especially with the way people communicate today.

Do you want to make sure the business you start or have will be AROUND IN TEN YEARS?

If you want to be sure your business has what it takes to be relevant, join me on Monday May 15 at 7:30 p.m. for a FREE TELECONFERENCE


Don’t just start a business. Start a legacy!


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