Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum equipment I'll need to get started with this membership?
Minimally you need a phone as well as access to a computer with internet connectivity and a printer. You could use the computers and printers at a public library, but we recommend that you invest in your own computer and printer as soon as possible. In this day and age, you have to have a computer and printer to operate a business. If you need advice on selecting a computer and printer, please let your coach know.
There are a lot of different business in the world. How does 50PlusStartup handle that variety?
All businesses need to do certain things like determine their legal business structure, set up a website, build their social media marketing plan, file for their licenses and so on. Our content covers all that and much more. We also have courses geared for retail stores, online stores, creators of digital content and others. If you are starting a business that is atypical, your coach will do research to help you as much as we reasonably can.
What is 50PlusStartup's goal?
Our goal is to aid entrepreneurs who are over the age of 50 to launch their business. We service those in the planning stage, those in the launching process and those who are in the early part of their business ownership. We can move your through those stages to optimize your progression towards a viable, open business.
Do I have to be 50 or older to be a member?
Absolutely not! If you like our approach or are simply an "old soul" you are more than welcome to join us!
What if I change my mind about starting a business?
This happens. Timing isn't always our friend. Family situations change, financial situations change, personal energy levels change. Up to the point of your second coaching call, we sill cancel your membership and refund you your membership. After your second coaching call, you can cancel your membership, but no refunds will be made.
In one part of your website, you mentioned that I will have a Dropbox folder created for me. What does that mean?
Dropbox is a cloud-based file storage service that we use as a hub for exchanging files with our clients. Because it's cloud-based you can access your files from basically any device that is connected to the Internet, even your smart phone and tablets like an Amazon Kindle Fire. Don't worry if you don't know how to use Dropbox. We'll teach you! Your coach will save files to your specific folder, which is private to you and 50PlusStartup. Other clients will not have access to your folder. You can edit, download, and print the files in your folder. It provides an easy way to exchange, view and edit content between you and your coach. You can save copies of your files to your own local computers. Your folder is available to you as long as your membership is current and active.
It would be really great if there was a course about [fill in the blank]. Is that possible?
Let your coach know what you need. If it is something that would be useful to multiple members, we will be happy to create that course. We can't create new things that you need if you don't let us know what you need. Talk to your coach!
What if I have a quick question between coaching calls?
Members are welcome to email their coaches. Your membership comes with the option of 5 emails and responses between coaching calls. Additional emails can be purchased at $5 per email with 1 response to that email.
How do we conference with our coach?
We have several options for how you set up your conference calls, depending on your needs and preferences. These include FaceTime, Skype, and phone call. You'll let your coach know which you prefer. You can also change these from week to week. For example, one week a phone call may work best for your. The next week you may want to FaceTime with your coach.
What if I need to reschedule my coaching call? Will I forfeit my coaching time?
No problem. Let your coach know via email and he or she will be happy to do their best to reschedule your coaching call.
What if I need extra coaching time?
Additional coaching time can be purchased at a membership rate of $40 for a 45 minute coaching call. When we have available time in the 50PlusStartp calendar, we will schedule coaching calls for non-members at a rate of $100 for a 45 minute call. At this time, we are not accepting non-member coaching calls due to the current number members we are supporting and features we are adding to our membership.
Do you have a members groups?
We are in the process of implementing this feature. Keep checking back for this addition. We can't wait to make this feature available to you!
Will the 50PlusStartup course library and resources offerings continue to grow?
Yes! As new technology and topics emerge, we'll continue to grow our courses and resources.
What type of courses do you have?
Our course cover a wide of topics. They include basic topics such as what is a domain, what is a blog, and naming your business. We move from there to topics like how to research your competition, picking a platform for your website, implementing your search engine optimization (SEO) plan, budgeting, and so on. Our course offerings will continue to grow to reflect the needs of our members. To see our course catalog, click here.
How are the courses set up?
Course are access through the membership site. They are recording that are video-based. You can watch each course video as many times as you wish for the duration of your membership.
Can I watch video that my coach didn't put in my custom course path?
Of course! You can watch any training from our membership that you wish.
What if there are parts of the coursework that I don't need?
If you don't need a course, that's awesome! We don't want to waste your time by forcing you to go through a very linear framework of courses. Your coach will work with you to build a custom framework of courses to match your needs and situation.
What kind of tasks will be assigned?
Tasks are designed to move you forward through towards the successful start to your business. They may be things like applying for your employer identification number or opening your business account. Sometimes they are more research and reflection based such as an in-depth analysis of your competitors. Our designers have created a variety of visual organizers and the tools to help you through this process.
What if I don't complete all the tasks for that period?
Hey, life happens. If you can't get to everything that you and your coach were working towards after your last coaching call, you have two options. If you want to complete the tasks before adding more tasks to your to-do list, simply reschedule your coaching call. If you don't want to reschedule your coaching call, your coach will roll the uncompleted tasks into the list of other tasks that need to be done, making any necessary adjustments. If possible, send your coach an email a day or two before you coaching call and let them know your need to adjust the assignment(s) so that they can make adjustments as well. No harm; no foul.
50PlusStartup is unusual in its combination of training and coaching. How and why did you come up with this concept?
Honestly, we originally were going to have just the training component, but quickly realized that training only wasn't going to support our members in the way that they needed. We added the coaching component to allow for a higher level of service and as an avenue of accountability, which statistically increases the likelihood of success.
Who creates 50PlusStartup's coursework?
The majority of our coursework is created by one of our founders, Sharon Podlin. Sharon has owned a corporate training firm, was a Microsoft Certified Trainer and is the author of several computer books. She also taught middle school for several years and own a digital shop on TeachersPayTeachers.com where she sells curriculum she designs for educators to use in their classroom. As you can imagine, with all this going on, she doesn’t sleep much!