“Instead of being retired, I am starting a new business at age 69. It doesn’t feel like work…it feels like this is a very important project that will affect the lives of many people in a very positive way and I’m part of an important movement.”
Here at Better, Smarter, Richer, that’s our ideal vision of encore entrepreneurship in a nutshell.
On this week’s BSR Broadcast, Jackie will going to be sitting down for a conversation with Bonnie Moore of the Golden Girls Network, an electronic matching service for active mature adults who are interested in shared housing.
Bonnie has expertise in accounting and financial management, and extensive experience in grant-related accounting issues. She graduated from Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco, California and Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. When she found herself divorced with a recently remodeled home at the beginning of the recession in 2008, she didn’t want to lose it, so she started looking for roommates…and found friends. When others started asking questions about the experience of living in a group home, she founded Golden Girls Network. Now, she has recently retired from her job as a management consultant to focus on Golden Girls Network full time.
The focus of Golden Girls Network is to provide a single large resource for active adults to list available space in their homes, and to match with appropriate roommates. Golden Girls Network is also developing a similar program for older adults who live alone and who are in need of some housekeeping services. Bonnie is the author of “How to Start a Golden Girls Home,” teaches a workshop of the same name, and actively promotes the concept of shared living through media appearances (including NPR radio, CBS News, PBS NewsHour, and France2 TV in Paris). She lives in her five-bedroom home in suburban Bowie, Maryland with three other Golden Girls.
“I’ve spent three years putting Golden Girls Network together, and have made some mistakes along the way,” she writes. “There were definitely times when I was discouraged and ready to chuck it all. There were times when nothing seemed to work the way it was supposed to work. Each time, at my darkest moment, something good happened, or someone told me how important the idea was, and I stayed with it. I know those times will occasionally happen again, and there will be more discouraging times, but I am pleased that I stuck with it!”
That’s what we like to hear!
Join Jackie and Bonnie on Wednesday, May 5th—or any time after that! The BSR Broadcasts (Jackie’s weekly show on Solo Pro Radio) are now available for listening right on the Better, Smarter, Richer website. New episodes are posted on Wednesdays!