Later in Life, Arizonans Tailor-Make Own Careers - J. Craig Anderson

Corporate downsizing, a tough job market and the desire for independence have pushed a growing number of Arizonans in their 50s and 60s to start their own businesses.  They include a former mortgage broker who recently opened an archery club, an ex-flight attendant who became a financial planner, a former retail developer who now teaches tai chi to seniors and a retired Xerox Corp. executive who runs a document-scanning firm that employs developmentally disabled workers.

While older business-creators are likely to know quite a bit about how companies operate, most still need some coaching to understand how to properly launch and maintain their own successful business, Lopez said.

"We would prefer that everyone meet with a coach before starting their own business," she said.



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