Nowadays, more and more people are choosing the path of entrepreneurship. Why? Because who doesn’t want to turn their passion into their main money maker! And off course with so many great ressources, there’s never been a better time to start a business. But when is the right time? Or should we say, what is the right age? Does entrepreneurship have a specific age? Is there a right time in a person’s life where they should take the journey of entrepreneurship? The truth is, there is no right time. There will always be people who will say that you’re either too young or too old to start a business. It’s not about your age, it’s about where you are in your life and whether or not you’re ready to fully commit to your business.
Age is just a number
If you have an innovative idea and a solid business plan then that’s all that really matters right? The age factor shouldn’t even come into consideration when it comes to your business. Noa Mintz was barely 16 when she started her business. Nannies by Noa is a childcare agency that matches families with nannies. Today, the 18 year old has a growing agency and has been featured on Fortunes list of 18 most innovative and ambitious teens under 18. Not bad for a girl who hasn’t even graduated high school yet.
Another great example of where age shouldn’t be a factor when it comes to running a business is Bev Halisky. Who can forget the elderly women who showed up on Dragon’s Den to get a deal for Driving Miss Daisy? She was on her way to retirement when she decided to leave her job and start her business. That’s right, at 52 years old and just a few years shy of being eligible to retire, Bev quit her job and chose to become an entrepreneur.
Her company Driving Miss Daisy provides car services to senior citizens where they can pick them up and drive them around to run their errands and go to their doctor’s appointments. Bev was offered two deals on Dragons Den and decided to partner up with Arlene Dickinson and Lane Merrifield. She proved everyone wrong when they said she was too old to start a business.
All you need is a solid business plan and ambition
Noa Mintz and Bev Halisky are just some of the few that have overcome the standard judgements of entrepreneurship. While many studies and experts often say that entrepreneurs are usually in their mid-twenties to early thirties since that’s when they’re in their “prime time” of having innovative ideas, several successful entrepreneurs have actually proved that age isn’t a factor when it comes to building an empire. All it takes is a smart innovative idea and a solid business plan. If you have those two factors down, then you can be a 12 year old making skateboards (Carson Kropfl, founder of Locker Board) or a 61 year old who revolutionized the world of computers (Charles Ranlett Flint, founder of IBM).
Age doesn’t matter. Your business does. So stop listening to that little voice in your head telling you that you’re too old or too young to start a business. As long as you have the passion, ambition and confidence that your business can work, than your age shouldn’t matter. Age is just a number. Don’t let that stop you from following your dreams. #YouGoGirl