Dog lover Michelle Bateman had been making special treats for her dogs Sherlock, Daisy and Licorice for years, and decided to turn this interest into a business called Woof’s Treats. She set up her own business in 2013 after being made redundant from her NHS job.
It’s not easy, I home bake all the treats myself and I have a lot of inspections, testing and safety legislation to comply with. But I go to new places and meet fantastic people who share my passion for the health and wellbeing of dogs."
I certainly don’t have any plans to retire. Why would I want to just sit at home all day?
An increasing trend
We need to get rid of the traditional stereotype which suggests people over 50 are too old to learn or change. There can be a world of opportunities for older workers which can enrich their lives and also boost our economy.
Doing the sums
It was quite challenging to build up the business at first, but I did a lot of networking and increased my online presence with sites like LinkedIn, and it snowballed from there. Now business is booming.
I thought I’d be going on cruises by the time I got to 60, but now I’m older that sounds incredibly boring. I’m happy to keep working for now, and being my own boss means I can eventually reduce my hours instead of stopping work overnight."