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Buy the eBook Edition of "Let's Make Money, Honey" at Half Price, March 5 - 11

LMMH book cover-jpg BooksMarch 5 through 11 is "Read an eBook Week." To celebrate, Happily Rewired is offering the eBook edition of Let's Make Money, Honey: The Couple's Guide to Starting a Service Business at half price -- just $3.50 -- if you order it through Smashwords. You can get the book in any format for any device, including a PDF. 

If you've ever thought about going into business with your spouse, this is the book for you. It tells the story of how my wife and I started a small service business and sold it seven years later. You'll find plenty of advice about what to do and what not to do when starting a business with your spouse. It has received excellent reviews and I know you will find it helpful.

To get your copy at half-price, simply go to: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/568837  When you place your order, enter the code RAE50 and you'll pay just $3.50 instead of the regular price of $6.99. This offer is only good from March 5 through 11 at Smashwords so order today!


5 Tips for Boomer Couples Who Want to Start Their Own Business

OnYourOwnFor the over-50 set in particular, the economy has created a new breed of entrepreneurs: couples who want to start their own business. For many couples, working side by side seems like an ideal solution, a way to combine being your own boss with spending more time together. The first thing couples learn, though, is meshing their personal and business lives is a special challenge. My wife and I started a small service business in our late 50s and managed to make it work. Here are five tips based on our experience to help make your journey easier.

1.   Share a Passion

Your business is likely to be more successful if you share a passion. It could be anything: an interest in art, a love for animals, a concern for the environment, or something else. It’s important to then determine if that shared passion can be translated into a viable business idea: something people want to buy. The best way to do this is develop a business plan that proves what you want to do can be turned into a sustainable business.

2.   Fill Each Other’s Gaps

We learned that we each had particular strengths and weaknesses when it came to running a business. It would be easy for these qualities to become irritants, but instead we worked collaboratively to fill each other’s gaps. Everyone is good at some things but not so good at other things. If you can learn to compensate for each other’s weaknesses, accept each other’s strengths, and work toward a common goal, your business will benefit – and so will your personal relationship.

3.   Set Goals Together

When you set goals together, you automatically internalize them. Writing down goals and agreeing on them makes them real. You want to set a goal that makes you reach a little but is still achievable. We set goals for lots of things: the starting date of our business, the number of clients we wanted to acquire, our anticipated income each year, and even how many years we wanted to run our business. Our goals helped us visualize our success.

4.   Build Your Knowledge Base

In your business, you learn there are things you know and things you don’t know. When you encounter something that goes beyond your joint areas of expertise, you either have to quickly acquire the knowledge you need or get outside support. If you always have a thirst for knowledge, seek out answers, and view co-owning a business as a learning experience, you will be more likely to succeed.

5.   Maintain Your Perspective

Fully expect that your business will have its ups and downs. That’s why it’s important for both of you to maintain your perspective and keep yourselves grounded. You want the business you operate as a team to enhance rather than detract from your personal lives. It should fulfill a personal dream both of you have and take your relationship to a new dimension. Running a business will be challenging and sometimes seem overwhelming, but maintaining your perspective will help it be fun and rewarding.

LMMH book cover-jpgFor more tips, read the book Let’s Make Money, Honey: The Couple’s Guide to Starting a Service Business by Barry Silverstein and his wife, Sharon Wood (GuideWords Publishing, 2015). It's available in print and eBook formats. To get the paperback at the special discounted price of $10.95 (a $6 savings), go to www.createspace.com/5616668 and enter the code: GKYC7AGA.


Special Offer to Readers of Happily Rewired

Cover openThis month, I'm celebrating the one year anniversary of the publication of my book, Let's Make Money, Honey: The Couple's Guide to Starting a Service Business.

As a reader of Happily Rewired, you can get a copy of the print edition of this book for just $10.95 -- $6.00 off the regular price of $16.95, a 35 percent savings!

To take advantage of this special offer, you must order the book here: www.createspace.com/5616668 

When you check out, enter this code: GKYC7AGA to get your $6 per copy discount.

If you have ever considered going into business with your spouse or significant other, this book is a must-read. It has received rave reviews from reviewers and readers alike. 

Save $6 on the print edition when you order now!


Last Chance to Get the eBook Edition of "Let's Make Money, Honey" at Half Price

LMMH book cover-jpgThrough July 31 only, you can get the eBook edition of Let's Make Money, Honey: The Couple's Guide to Starting a Service Business at half price -- just $3.50 -- if you order it through Smashwords. You can get the book in any format for any device, including a PDF. 

If you've ever thought about going into business with your spouse, this is the book for you. It tells the story of how my wife and I started a small service business and sold it seven years later. You'll find plenty of advice about what to do and what not to do when starting a business with your spouse. It has received excellent reviews and I know you will find it helpful.

To get your copy at half-price, simply go to: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/568837  When you place your order, enter the code SSW50 and you'll pay just $3.50 instead of the regular price of $6.99. This offer is only good at Smashwords and it expires on July 31, 2016, so order today!


July Half Price Sale on eBook Edition of Let's Make Money, Honey

BooksIf you've ever thought about going into business with your spouse, you need to read my book, Let's Make Money, Honey: The Couple's Guide to Starting a Service Business. It tells the story of how my wife and I started a small service business and sold it seven years later. You'll find plenty of advice about what to do and what not to do when starting a business with your spouse.

During the month of July, take advantage of a special half-price sale! The eBook edition of Let's Make Money, Honey: The Couple's Guide to Starting a Service Business is available this month only at Smashwords.com for just $3.50, half the regular price. You can download the eBook in a format for any device, including a PDF if you prefer.

To get your copy at half-price, simply go to: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/568837  When you place your order, enter the code SSW50 and you'll pay just $3.50 instead of the regular price of $6.99. This offer is only good at Smashwords.com through July 31, 2016, so order today!


"The Retirement Rescue Plan" is the Real Thing

BooksA new book called The Retirement Rescue Plan by Melissa Phipps is an all-in-one survival kit for retirement planning. 

In this smart, useful book, Melissa Phipps guides pre-retirees through engaging self-evaluation exercises, explains financial matters simply and clearly, and discusses key aspects of today’s retirement challenge, including strategies to find the right kind of work. Phipps’ expert advice is sure to assist anyone in planning and executing a successful retirement.

I had the opportunity to review a pre-publication copy of  The Retirement Rescue Plan and found it to be one of the better retirement planning books I've seen. It will be helpful if you are considering retirement or even if you are already retired. I highly recommend it. You can purchase it directly from Amazon below. 

 


The Best Road to a "Second-Act" Career

BooksBoomers, in particular, often face a work choice in their later years. Some may tire of their primary careers or working full-time, while others are forced out of their jobs. Thankfully, many Boomers are discovering that it is the second half of life that can be just as fulfilling. In fact, Boomers who launch "second-act" careers, or encore careers, find that they can pursue a true passion or, at the very least, formulate a lifestyle plan that allows them the flexibility to do more of what they want with their time.

Nancy Collamer is a speaker, coach, and author whose website, MyLifestyleCareer.com, focuses on how to profit from your passions during semi-retirement. Her list of "100 Great Second-Act Resources" is just one of the many valuable pieces of information she provides. The list includes resources that inform and inspire, as well as those that address being an entrepreneur, finding part-time, contract and freelance opportunities, volunteering, joining a 50+ community, and more.

Nancy is also the author of the book, Second-Act Careers, in which she offers "50-plus ways to generate income in semi-retirement" along with sensible advice and expert guidance about how to build a second-act career. This book is likely to be the best road to a second-act career and could help you evaluate options and make the best choice for you. You can read more about the book and order it directly from Amazon below. 


Review of My Book by Nancy Collamer

BooksI am honored to receive this excellent review of my book, Let's Make Money, Honey: The Couple's Guide to Starting a Service Businessfrom Nancy Collamer, nationally recognized coach/speaker/author and expert in second careers:

"Thinking about working with your ‘honey’ during semi-retirement? Then you might enjoy reading Let’s Make Money Honey: The Couple’s Gide to Starting a Service Business by husband and wife team Barry Silverstein and Sharon Wood. It’s an entertaining and informative guide that offers how-to advice on each step of the entrepreneurial journey.

This is certainly not the only book out there for couples interested in working together, but after reading it, there are three reasons why I recommend it:

  1. As opposed to other entrepreneurial reads geared towards millennials, this book is written for baby boomers interested in starting a small service business – exactly the type of venture most people prefer in semi-retirement.
  2. It is co-authored by a couple that’s actually started and run a business together. They’ve walked the walk and talked the talk – and it shows. You’ll find lots of helpful tips on how to manage the personal and professional challenges of running a business together.
  3. The authors made a conscious decision to start a short-term business as a bridge between their full-time careers and full retirement, ultimately running their biz for seven years before selling it. So if you want advice on how to both start, and sell, a short-term but profitable business, this book is right up your alley.

Finally, the book includes some very simple and practical tools - business compatibility test, skills inventory checklist, business start-up checklist, etc. – that can help you and your partner assess your compatibility and business interests."

Read more at Nancy's website: http://www.mylifestylecareer.com/career-reinvention-2/lifestyle-career-options/want-to-make-money-with-your-honey/


A Sound Decision

MusingsOne of the better decisions my wife and I made was engaging the services of a financial planner. Truth be told, at the time we picked the person out of a phone book -- but we did some preliminary research. We knew what we wanted (an independent CFP who had no vested interest in selling us products) and which questions to ask. 

That was over thirty years ago, and we are still working with the same person. Our financial planner has been a valued advisor, helping us protect and preserve our capital, assisting us with important investment decisions, and guiding us in planning for college and retirement expenses. It was our financial planner's counsel that helped us plan for relocating and an early retirement.

I hope you have had a similar experience with a financial planner who has put your best interests first.  If you haven't used a financial planner, keep in mind that, while earlier is better, it is never too late to work with one. Too many Boomers have under-funded their retirement and could be in for a shock in their later years. That's where a financial planner can help.

If you're unsure how to proceed, begin by doing some online research about financial planning. Ask friends and family if they have any recommendations. There are also several books that offer guidance; a good one to start with is "A Good Financial Advisor Will Tell You..." You can order it directly from Amazon below.

 


Is This the Year You and Your Spouse Will Work Together?

OnYourOwnWould it surprise you to learn that Boomers are one of the fastest growing segments in creating new businesses? With an employment market that generally ignores the value of Boomers' work experience, more and more older workers have made the decision to strike out on their own.

Is this the year you'll make the move and become self-employed? Is this the year you and your spouse will work together? If that sounds crazy, think about the upside. Who better than your spouse to be a trusted partner who makes as much of a commitment as you do to running a business?

My wife Sharon and I made a decision to start a business and run it together. We planned to operate it as a transition from professional careers into retirement (which, for us, involves part-time work and volunteering). We ran a successful service business that produced a steady stream of annual income and we were even able to sell it after about six years.

As you might expect, living and working with your life partner is definitely not for everyone; it presents special challenges that can test your relationship. In our case, we were confident we could make it work. Why? Because we had already learned a lot about working together in two previous companies. (In fact, we first met when we worked for the same company.)

We discovered that we had "business compatibility." We shared the same values and the same attitude toward operating a quality business and servicing clients, but we had uniquely different, complementary skills. 

9780996576000.MAINAfter we sold our business, we thought about the many other Boomer couples who might want to start a business together, and we wanted to do something to help them. So Sharon and I wrote a book about it called Let's Make Money, Honey: The Couple's Guide to Starting a Service Business

As much as it is a good story, Let’s Make Money, Honey is also a how-to guide that covers planning, financing, outfitting, and launching a service business, as well as operations, marketing, sales, customer service, and managing growth. Included are useful tools to help couples assess their business interests and compatibility. The book has gotten rave reviews -- read some of them here.

If you have an interest in owning a business with your spouse, I think you'll find the book inspiring and instructional. It is available now in print and eBook formats. You can read a free chapter from the book at the link below. You can purchase the book directly from this blog -- just click on either button under "Purchase Now!" to the right.

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