So maybe you have a job that pays at least some of the bills – or maybe 2 jobs and you’re barely making ends meet.
Did you know that most women after the age of 40 will experience some form of ageism in the workplace – be it subtle or overt. It’s a known fact that ageism at work begins for women at 40 and 45 for men when they are no longer considered for promotion or training!
You’ve given 15+ years of your life to a boss, who after you get to a certain age decides that due to your age you are no longer promote-able!
Does that get you pissed off? It should!
The Great Recession and now life during Covid-19 has cut the legs out from under us because over 20 million people are out of work – especially if you are a woman over 40! These women are simply walking away from the job search now because they just can’t find one that is suitable for them!
What are your plans for YOUR future? Are you going to suck it up and just do what you’ve always done and expect a different result as you age? Well, you know what the definition of insanity is, right? Well that’s it!
I suggest that you embrace the New Normal!
The New Normal these days, is that we women over 40 are starting businesses of our own – in record numbers.Now obviously starting a business is NOT EASY at any time in life, much less when you’re at this age!
Sometimes you become a small business owner out of desperation rather than inspiration! Try being an unemployed Woman Over 40 attempting to get a job in today’s marketplace! You’ll have better luck at being struck by lightning twice!
You also need to KNOW yourself.
Which statement sounds more appealing to you?
“I want the comfortable life. I want or need stability in my life. I do not want to risk my comfort, and I value my free time to be able to relax.”
“I bet on myself and that excites me! I like taking risks because I want the rewards they offer. I love to work, and I want to keep growing. I am very ambitious, and I can handle being in a position of discomfort.”
The first statement best describes employment. It is an easy path to follow because you know all the steps, and if not, you can find all the steps. You will encounter comfort if you are doing your job right, and if you don’t age out of the work and get laid off as the work force gets younger and younger. You have a set schedule, and you know exactly when you switch your mind from work to family (usually 5PM Mondays to Fridays).
The second statement describes entrepreneurship. To be an entrepreneur you kind of need to embrace the fact that your schedule will be all over the place, and you will be thinking about 100 things at the same time while usually never knowing when the next time to relax will be! Additionally, the work is a grind – but you love it as you’re pursuing your dream because you love that what you are creating is yours! Your life will be unstable and unexpected, but you will love everything about it because your ambition and dreams are too big not to be pursued.
As you can see, these lifestyles are very different. Entrepreneurs and employees are both necessary in this world, so no matter what path you choose, understand that you are still valuable to this society.
I am Felicia Lopes and I own and run a business called BusyGal.
I am also a Black woman and I help Women Over 40 get educated, and re-establish and re-invent themselves as entrepreneurs through my online entrepreneurial classes, coaching, masterminds, small business services, opportunities, and global branding opportunities through my new ROKU television channel – BGTV.
If you are ready to embrace your own possibilities as a new entrepreneur, but you really have no idea what kind of business you want to start, I have created a FREE booklet entitled The Top 40 Small Business Ideas for Entrepreneurial Women Over 40 which is jam packed with million dollar ideas for new businesses and links to get you started.
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