Category Archives: Career Changes

Five Customer Service Lessons from a Fish Entrepreneur

Technology and social media developments may have changed the way businesses communicate but certain “old-fashioned” customer service fundamentals will never go out of style. Many 40-and-older entrepreneurs understand this because they’ve been customers themselves for a long time. Take Paul Wheston of … Continue reading

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Seeing in Others What They Can’t See in Themselves

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might remember this post about entrepreneur Len Forkas’ experience as a solo competitor in the 2012 Race Across America — a grueling, 3,000-mile bicycle race that starts in California and ends in Maryland. At age … Continue reading

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How One Dad Teaches His Kids About Entrepreneurship

By Lynne Strang, Late Blooming Entrepreneurs Paul Shafer knows the exuberance that comes from being a young aspiring entrepreneur. In college, he invented the “Gum Chum” for storing bubble gum during a meal. The small, capsule-like device had a clip that attached … Continue reading

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An Entrepreneur Builds a Brand in Eyewear

Julie Allinson was 42 when she started Eyebobs, which offers high-quality, funky reading glasses at reduced prices. Fourteen years later, her company occupies almost all of a 37,000-square foot building near downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Optical shops, clothing stores and even museum … Continue reading

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A Chinese Entrepreneur Makes Movies to Take on Social Issues

Zhang Wei earned millions as an entrepreneur who made video intercom doorbell systems in Shenzhen, China. In 2006, things changed in a big way. That’s when Zhang sold his company and started studying filmmaking. Today, the 49-year-old is a director who makes socially conscious movies. As explained … Continue reading

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How One Couple Found a Business Idea Seven Thousand Miles from Home

By Lynne Strang, Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs Doha, Qatar has megamalls, luxurious hotels and soaring skyscrapers. It also has a small- but-scrappy souvenir business with its own style. Doha Designs is the brainchild of Lee and Meredith Hedrick, two Annandale, Virginia teachers … Continue reading

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Five Reasons to Start a Personal History Business

I recently interviewed four people who were at least 40 years old when they became personal historians. Their individual stories appear in this guest post written for Later Bloomer, Debra Eve’s blog. Among the four are full-time and part-time personal … Continue reading

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