Right now I’m in the process of transitioning from being a teacher to becoming an entrepreneur. As some of you know, after I retire in eleven months, I plan to have my own business.
For the past several months, I’ve been reviewing web-based businesses similar to the one I want to develop. I’ve looked at start-up costs, assessed my skill set, and identified what I think are services and products I want to offer.
I’m also developing quite a library of books related to my target audience (Baby Boomers) and related to business. One I’d highly recommend to others going into business is called Entrepreneurial You by Dorie Clark. The author suggests developing multiple revenue streams and then provides clear explanations and resources for getting started.
Last week after work, I met with an advisor at the Small Business Development Center to discuss some of the steps I want to take before I officially retire from teaching. After my meeting, I realized one of the steps I need to take is to survey my target audience to make sure what I’m planning is what my audience really wants and needs.
I will be working on developing my survey this week. I’ll subscribe to the premium version of Survey Monkey so I can generate more useful data. I’ll probably have a prize drawing to encourage participation.
I still love teaching and put a lot of energy into my work each day. I enjoy working with students and am thankful I get to be a part of their life journeys. Even though I know it is time for me to move on, I will miss teaching after I retire. Maybe knowing that retiring means leaving all that I know is what drives me right now to also develop my next steps.
I have to confess, I’m excited about the future but just a bit nervous as well. Yet I do know that change is inevitable for all of us. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to plan for that change. Sometimes we have to adapt without notice.