BMO Study: Two in Five Canadians Open to Being Their Own Boss in Retirement

BMO Study: Two in Five Canadians Open to Being Their Own Boss in Retirement 
- Forty per cent of Canadians likely to start their own business in
- Top reasons to start a business in retirement include additional
income, staying mentally sharp and using it as a hobby  
- Retirement savings identified as top funding source for starting
new businesses 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/29/13 -- According to a study
released today by BMO Financial Group, many Canadians envision
becoming entrepreneurs during their retirement years; 39 per cent say
that it is likely they will start their own business after they reach
retirement age (65 years old). More generally, 81 per cent plan on
working in some capacity during their retirement.  
The top reasons identified by Canadians for starting their own
business in retirement are:  

--  The need for additional income (75 per cent) 
--  A desire to stay sharp/mentally focused (62 per cent) 
--  It would be an enjoyable hobby (53 per cent) 

"It's clear that many Canadians are looking to generate additional
income during their retirement years," said Marlena Pospiech, Senior
Manager, BMO Wealth Planning Group, BMO Financial Group. "People are
living longer than ever before so, for an increasing number of
Canadians, retirement savings may need to last more than 25 years.
Additionally, with the decline in employer-sponsored defined
registered pension plans and reforms to government pension plans,
there's now a greater need for people to supplement their income
during retirement to compensate for that income gap. This is
particularly true for those who haven't been saving aggressively for
retirement through retirement savings vehicles such as RRSPs and
Other key study findings:  

--  Men are more likely than women to start their own business in retirement
    (46 per cent vs. 33 per cent). 
--  Those in Alberta are the most likely in Canada to start their own
    business in retirement (53 per cent); Quebecers are the least likely (25
    per cent). 

Ms. Pospiech added that Canadians are getting creative in how they
picture their retirement; many view a gradual transition from work to
full-time retirement as the optimal choice. She noted that not only
does w
orking longer benefit your bank account by generating
additional income, it also helps keep retirees mentally active,
involved in the community and contributing to the larger economy. 
Funding a small business in retirement  
The study also found that, when asked about how they plan to fund
their business, almost half (47 per cent) of Canadians responded that
they would use a portion of their retirement savings. Other funding
sources pre-retirees said they would consider include: 

--  A separate savings account earmarked for a business (43 per cent) 
--  A loan from a bank or another source (34 per cent) 
--  Their inheritance (21 per cent) 
--  Family/friends (14 per cent) 

"While it may be tempting to draw on retirement savings to fund your
post-retirement business, there are other options available," said
Steve Murphy, Head of Commercial Banking for BMO Bank of Montreal.
"It's important that those looking to start a business have personal
retirement savings, as well as savings set aside to fund their
retirement business along with a business plan. A financial
professional can help you develop a strategy that incorporates saving
for retirement, as well as a post-retirement business."  
For those who are considering starting a business when they retire,
BMO offers the following tips:  

--  Do your research: Take advantage of the resources and networks you have
    built over the years and learn all you need to know to set up your
    company. Look to replicate successful business models, gain industry
    insight and learn about the marketplace. 
--  Develop a plan: Draft a business plan that takes into consideration your
    competition, the products and services you will offer, potential
    customers, sales targets and what you will need to cover your costs. 
--  Consider the pros and cons: Think carefully about how you envision your
    ideal retirement lifestyle and consider consulting your spouse, family
    and friends on their opinions. Determine why you want to start your own
    business and how this will impact your retirement income and lifestyle. 
--  Alternative sources of income: For retirees simply looking for
    additional cash flow, determine if starting a business from scratch is
    right for you. Look at alternative options that are not as time-
    consuming such as part-time jobs or contract work.  
--  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.
    Also speak with your financial planner/advisor who can help determine
    the right financial plan for you and your business. 

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The results cited in this release are from a Pollara survey with a
sample of 1,000 Canadians 18 years of age and over, fielded online
between January 17th and January 22nd, 2013. A probability sample of
this size would yield results accurate to +/- 3.1 per cent, 19 times
out of 20.
Media Contacts:
Amanda Robinson, Toronto
Valerie Doucet, Montreal
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
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