Midlife is often the perfect time to launch a business because so many of the questions in your life have already been answered. At this stage of life women have more stability and more self-confidence and this spurs them to finally go after what they really want to do. I also think many women begin to realize that it can be more challenging finding the right job than creating your own job, especially one that allows you to follow your passion.
What challenges await women, particularly those in midlife, as they consider launching a business?
There can be many demands on your time – particularly for women of the sandwich generation who are caretaking both children and parents. But this challenge is often met by creating a business that supports your lifestyle financially and with regard to flexibility. Starting a new business brings some financial risk so women need to have a plan to ensure they have the income they need to meet their needs.
How do you work to coach these women?
I coach women to identify their passion by asking them what they really want. I believe they already have the answers. What they need is someone to harness their vision, to assist them in uncovering the questions and answers they’re facing, and to hold them accountable.
I encourage all of my clients to embark on specific, measurable goals and take progressive action to attain their vision. They are usually amazed by what they can and do accomplish. I work with women both one-on-one and in groups, both in-person and remotely via Skype.
Can you give us a few examples of women who came to you at 40 or older and how you helped them launch their business (with names and links for promotional purposes)?
Lisa Corrado, a successful 47-year-old business owner, has been in my Mastermind for three years. This year, having recently undergone a cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy, Lisa came to the Mastermind with an idea on how to help people with positive transformation following adversity. Lisa explains, “My idea started very small but Jane’s Mastermind got things percolating and I realized it was the foundation of a whole new business. Jane is amazing at fueling your growth by helping you to think and dream bigger than you ever could on your own.” You can learn more about Lisa’s new business at The Felix Culpa Project.
Another business owner who has benefited from my Mastermind is 45-year-old Christina Frei. Christina wanted to launch a business that would train businesses and entrepreneurs on the use of an effective focusing technique. However, she was overwhelmed by all the choices she needed to make to get her business off the ground. Christina says, “Jane has a way of bringing out your higher self. The mastermind she runs is incredible. It helped me set progressive goals that led me to landing my first client.” You can learn more about Christina’s new business at Quiet Leaders Go Big.
What other programs and workshops do you offer women?
In addition to my Mastermind program, I regularly host the Remarkable Women’s Network for women to network, examine challenges, and share best practices. I’m also planning a retreat this winter for twenty women who are ready to experience the extraordinary rewards of deep personal growth. Those interested in learning more can visit this page.
Contact Jane Pollak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-878-6096
CPCC – Certified Professional Co-Active Coach
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Jane Pollak is one of the Northeast’s foremost coaches of entrepreneurial women and a living example of how to turn a passion into a thriving business. Having transformed her art into a thriving, profitable business, Jane now guides other remarkable women entrepreneurs in their own journey toward uncommon success.
A nationally recognized speaker, certified coach, author, blogger and lifestyle entrepreneur with over 30 years of business experience, Jane loves sharing inspirational, yet practical, lessons with like-minded entrepreneurs.