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Too much experience is a good thing: the rise of the midlife entrepreneur

Research has found the over-50s are setting up businesses faster than any other age group  Many women start the businesses they have been dreaming of after their children leave home. Photograph: Alamy Suzanne Mountain Thursday 3 August 2017 02.00 EDTLast modified on Tuesday 8 August 2017 09.54 EDT In 2016, my 30-year corporate career in human resources came to an end and, armed with my redundancy package, I started my own coaching business. Little did I know that I was becoming part of a bigger movement, where growing numbers of midlifers have become self-employed.  Suzanne Mountain. Photograph: Kathryn Fell A recent survey conducted by the Centre for Economic and Business Research found that 45% of all self-employed people are now over the age of 50. We’re setting up businesses faster tha...

Wellness at work goes mainstream

From standup comedy classes to free massages – wellness at work goes mainstream It’s not just corporate giants like Google that run impressive wellbeing schemes. Smaller businesses are coming up with innovative ways to keep staff happy  Google employee Andrea Janus uses the mini-putt green on the balcony at the firm’s office in Toronto. Photograph: Mark Blinch/Reuters When it comes to looking after people’s health and wellbeing in the workplace a complimentary bowl of fruit no longer cuts it. The corporate wellness industry is worth over $40bn (£31m) worldwide according to the Global Wellness Institute with companies looking after their workers’ wellbeing in a much more holistic way. Wellness in the workplace: how health initiatives can boost staff productivity Tech giants such as Google a...

10 Business Trends That Will Grow in 2017

Because so many Millennials are in charge of buying decisions, business trends for the upcoming years will change. CREDIT: Getty Images If you haven’t noticed, Millennials have been on the rise. They are now the largest living group according to the Census Bureau. Because so many Millennials are in charge of buying decisions, the world is changing and business trends for the upcoming years will have to cater more to this generation. For an audience that craves success and technology, here are 10 strategies you may want to consider revamping for 2017. 1. Tools for non-technical entrepreneurs to build tech products There are so many people online who are not technically savvy, myself included. But the need to use technology is more than it has ever been before. Because of that, technic...