REPEAT-BMO: Business Booming for "Boomerpreneurs"

REPEAT-BMO: Business Booming for "Boomerpreneurs" 
- The psychology behind 'Boomerpreneurs' - many boomers start their
own business because they want to work for themselves, not because of
financial need 
- Over the past decade, the number of self-employed workers has
increased by 17 per cent; 40 per cent of workers over 65 are
- Entrepreneurial trend could lead to a boost for the Canadian
- BMO offers financial advice to "Boomerpreneurs" launching new
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/06/12 -- With a third of the
Canadian workforce predicted to retire over the next five years, a
growing number of retirees are looking to use the opportunity to
start a business. 
According to Industry Canada, 40 per cent of workers over 65 are
self-employed and, over the past decade, the overall number of self
employed workers has increased by 17 per cent. The "Boomerpreneur"
phenomenon could lead to Canada experiencing a surge of new
businesses that, planned and managed prudently, could provide an
economic boost in the long-term. 
"For an increasing number of Canadian boomers, their retirement
picture isn't a definitive shift from work to leisure," said Tina Di
Vito, Director of Retirement and Financial Panning Strategies, BMO
Financial Group. "Rather, it's more of an extended transition that
involves a combination of both." 
With Canadians on the cusp of retirement looking to realize their
self-employment dreams, the "Boomerpreneur" trend appeals to many for
a variety of reasons. According to Ms. Di Vito, these can include: 

--  Being drawn to the sense of independence that comes with owning one's
    own business; 
--  The chance to realize a long awaited dream, but never having had the
    time or capital to do so; and 
--  The desire to keep the mind active and the opportunity for social
    interaction that can come with operating a small business. 

Ms. Di Vito also noted that, while the additional income generated by
a business can be helpful, many boomers do not chose to start a
business for this reason alone. 
While there are many benefits to opening a small business in
retirement, 'Boomerpreneurs' should understand that entrepreneurship
involves an enormous financial commitment that is best managed with
the assistance of a financial professional. Lack of sufficient
preparation could have a negative effect on the business owner. 
BMO's Tina Di Vito offers the following tips to Boomerpreneurs-to-be: 

--  Do your research: Take advantage of the resources and network you have
    built over the years and learn all you need to know to set up your
    company. This includes gaining industry insight, arranging a new phone
    number, deciding whether or not to incorporate the business and looking
    into the potential tax implications. 
--  Consider the pros and cons: Think carefully about why you want to start
    your own business. Being your own boss can offer some flexibility.
    However, other sacrifices, such as longer hours and a possible decrease
    in cash flow - both starting up, and potentially over the life of your
    retirement - may be necessary to ensure your success. 
--  Develop a plan: Stress-test your idea and research your marketplace,
    including what products and services you will offer, the appropriate
    price point(s), who your potential customers will be and what your sales
    targets will need to be to cover your costs. Keep your end goal in mind
    as you build your company and maintain a positive - yet realistic -
    outlook as you progress. 
--  Seek outside advice: Speak to an accountant and a small business banker
    - financial specialists who can provide insight into setting up your
    company, market competition and personal and business capital needs. 

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Media Contacts:
Rachael McKay, Toronto
(416) 867-3996 
Valerie Doucet, Montreal
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
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