Baby Boomers Take New Career Risks, Open Small Businesses
More retirees opt to launch small businesses
Baby Boomers are naturally more motivated to focus on ensuring their financial futures, since they are near their retirement years. Even though many of the millenials are still focused on paying off student loan debts, the study shows that at least some of youngsters may be more determined on taking financial planning seriously, compared to those people near retirement age. Although the older generation may not be financially adept as the younger ones, still there are those who pick a new career upon reaching the retirement age.
The New York Times recently featured Christine Henck, a 62 year old licensed massage therapist. Ms. Henck runs a small private practice massage right at her Bethesda, Maryland home. She plays New Age music, with a heated massage table right inside what was once her children’s playroom. She started her business seven years ago, and her clientele’s ages range from 60s to 80s. She earns $70 for an hour and $100 for an hour and a half massage. Ms. Henck earns $125 per hour for house calls.
She considers her new stint as more of a calling rather than a career. Having this as her third act, she explained, “I don’t see my clients as old… I am in my last third of life now, too. It’s making this moment better for me. I am experiencing for myself, for the first time, what 60 to 90 is going to be like.” Her first career was in commercial property management, and had been a stay-at-home mother for more than a decade.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapists employment is projected to increase 23 percent by 2022. The growth is more rapid compared to the average for all occupations, as per said bureau. Professions like massage therapists and others, such as senior fitness trainers, dietitians and nutritionists, personal assistants, handymen, drivers and caterers who prepare meals for the sick are in boom as the population gets old.
Kevin E. Cahill, an economist with the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College, mentioned, “it’s no secret that retirement is a very diverse process for older Americans, with some combination of phased retirement and bridge jobs being the norm among older career workers.” He believes that many older Americans do not only switch careers, but also change from wage-and-salary employment into self-employment. A lot of these jobs require some skills boost, but not a full degree program. There are several cost and time effective certificate programs available.
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