Is the age of 65 too late to start a small business? Is there an expiration date to start a new adventure in the entrepreneurship field? The logical answer is no.

It can be exhilarating to start a small business at 65. Many people dedicate themselves to a new business at this age because they dislike being retired, and they want to put into motion dreams they weren't able to pursue before.

Our age isn't and never should be a barrier for us to stop dreaming, making plans and dedicating ourselves to put these dreams and plans into motion. The maturity and experience acquired with aging are positive factors that can help start a new small business at 65.

Starting a business

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Starting a business later in life provides you with the benefit of life experience. You are more likely to know what you enjoy, and your small business can truly be an extension of what you love. You will be working for your personal happiness instead of just working to make a paycheck.

Starting a business may require the same challenges and obstacles for people of all ages. It requires a lot of planning, legal work, money, time, focus and a positive disposition. There are several steps to take before your small business is operational.

Market research

Before you start your small business at 65, you should complete your market research. It's crucial to take this step very seriously, as it will be the foundation of your future investments and source of income. Utilize online resources to ensure all market data is accurate and updated in real time.

After you are sure of the market you want to be a part of and aware of all your future competitors, you should create a strategy of the best ways to insert your new business into the market. A well-established business plan will be required if you need financing. As part of your plan, research potential clients and fill the need that is not being met. Make sure also to research possible business locations if you need a brick-and-mortar store.

Legal work

The next step is to procure all relevant licenses, permissions and all the other documents required to open the business you want. It is an extensive task that involves many details and important information.

A good idea, if you don't have the time, energy and/or patience to spend on these tasks, is to hire an accountant or lawyer who is an expert in this field.

Open your small business

Once you have completed the market research, chosen a place, and finished the legal work, it is time to put your plan into action and open your small business.

Opening your business is the hardest part, as it requires a lot of time, money and energy. It doesn't matter if you are 25 or 65; this phase takes great effort from all entrepreneurs.

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Business operations

Once you have opened your business, you now must operate it and keep it running smoothly. This task is easier said than done. As a suggestion, always keep an eye on the competition and on new products being launched. If possible, try to innovate and bring something new to your clients.

The best way to attract and keep clients is to turn them into loyal customers. Applying the rule that "the client is always right" will allow you to solve problems quickly and with the client's best interest in mind. By creating a good impression with clients, they may return to your small business and tell others to frequent your establishment.

Final thoughts

You must start a business in a field that you truly love and enjoy spending time in. Be sure that your new business will focus on a major passion or hobby you have, so you can wake up every morning fulfilled and glad of the choices you made to start a small business at 65.