“Carl Boast, owner of Peaceable Kingdom Photos in Moneta, Va., was making a hefty salary in New Jersey as a neuroscientist in the pharmaceutical industry when he decided he ‘wasn’t a fan of working for a living’ and began plotting his departure,” according to the New York Times. And this doesn’t appear to be just an isolated trend. “Ty Freyvogel, a small-business consultant and investor in Pittsburgh, predicts that the ranks of early retirement dabblers will swell as they discover they have too much time and not quite enough money. ‘If they do the proper research and can get started without putting a significant amount of capital behind them initially, these types of small start-ups can get going with little risk,’ he said.”
These baby boomer micro-businesses are particularly interesting as profitability tends not to be the top priority for most participants, allowing people to be more creative in pursuing personal hobbies and quirky business ideas. As an increasing number of baby boomers begin to take on these types of low risk endeavors, this growing pool of entrepreneurial partial retirees may provide unforeseen opportunities to investors.
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