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05/03/20Silver start-ups: 6 reasons to embrace your entrepreneurial spirit in retirement

When you picture your retirement, what do you imagine? For some, it may be relaxing on holiday or spending more time with loved ones but more retirees are choosing this time to launch a business.

Whilst retirement may have once been exclusively associated with putting your feet up and unwinding. Today, it is a milestone that is far more flexible. It is not surprising that more retirees are tuning into their entrepreneurial spirit to realise dreams that may have been long-held.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of self-employed people over the age of 65 has more than doubled in the past 15 years. Almost half a million people that would have traditionally retired are continuing to earn an income this way.

There are plenty of reasons why these retirees are still working in some form, from boosting pension income through to enjoying what they do. If it is something that appeals to you, there is more than one reason to launch a business in retirement.

1. You are more financially stable now

You may have hoped to start a business for many years, and for some retirement can be the perfect opportunity to explore those ideas that you have had.

Hopefully, you head into retirement financially secure and confident in your income. You are also likely to have fewer financial commitments, such as paying a mortgage or raising a family. Without these financial concerns, launching a business in retirement can make financial sense. It may mean you are free to invest in your venture without having to worry about the knock-on effects in years to come.

2. Transition into retirement

More retirees today are choosing to transition into retirement rather than the traditional ‘cliff-edge’ approach. There are many ways to do this, such as working part-time or flexibly but if starting a business appeals to you, it can be the perfect way to strike the right balance between working and enjoying more free time.

As your own boss, you will be in a position to dictate your own hours and the type of work you do. It can be a great way to build an early retirement lifestyle that suits you.

3. Create a sense of purpose

Whilst the financial side of retirement is often an aspect we focus on, including saving into a pension, the emotional side is just as important. For some approaching the milestone, it can be difficult. Our work is often used to define us and provide a sense of purpose. Without a traditional job, you can lose this.

Starting a business is not for everyone. However, those that have the entrepreneurial spirit can find that it provides goals and aspirations that deliver a sense of purpose in life.

4. Boost your income

If your current retirement provisions do not provide you with the lifestyle you want, a business can help increase your income. It can also provide flexibility if your current retirement provisions are not flexible, such as the income secured through an Annuity or Defined Benefit pension.

Of course, if you hope to launch a business, there are outgoings to consider too. How will your tax liability change? Will you need to invest in your business? Understanding the income your business will deliver and how this may affect your finances can provide confidence. This is an area financial planning can help with.

5. Turn hobbies into a business

Technology has opened up a whole new customer base for people launching a business. It gives you an opportunity to make money from your hobbies. If you already indulge a passion that you could sell, why not see if there is an audience out there? This is a great option for those that craft things that can be sold either directly or online.

Keep in mind, though, that whilst you may love a hobby turning it into a business will come with other work, from admin to sales. If this is not an aspect you are interested in, it may be worthwhile enlisting some help.

6. Improve your wellbeing

Research has shown that keeping your mind and body active can improve your overall wellbeing in retirement. There are, of course, plenty of ways you can do this but one benefit of launching a business in retirement – it will help give your brain a workout, whether you are getting creative or focusing on the numbers.

Whilst income may not be the sole reason for pursuing business ambitions in retirement, financial planning is important. It could affect the amount of tax you pay when accessing your pension, for example. Or you may need to understand whether you can sustainably afford to invest in a business. These are concerns that financial planning can help you get to grips with. Please contact us if you are considering stepping into entrepreneurship in retirement. We can help provide you with the information and confidence you need.

Please note: The value of an investment and the income from it could go down as well as up. The return at the end of the investment period is not guaranteed and you may get back less than you originally invested.