Rebecca Ness: Making my Passion my Career

Head Shot of Rebecca Ness

“You can make a difference in the life of another human being and that is both the purpose and reward of being a senior care advisor.”

The Decision

The decision to start my own business was quite simply a decision to make my passion my career. But making the business a reality was not so simple. It was both an exciting and daunting endeavor. How does one go about creating a startup business?

Early in 2013 I was considering a transition from my lifelong career in healthcare administration to one assisting seniors with the complexities of aging.  It began with my experience as the primary caregiver to each of my parents over several years. After advancing through multiple health issues, my father passed away. Nine months later my mother died. Along the way, they were required to move from their home to facilities which could provide increasingly higher levels of care. This experience and my service as a hospice volunteer led to the decision to help seniors and their families navigate the challenges of later life.

Learning How to Succeed Starting a Business

People who know me well encouraged me to start the business. One of those people was a graduate of the New Ventures Maine’s (NVME’s) Venturing Forth: Business Plan Training for Entrepreneurs. She said I would learn about the startup process and develop a business plan. What wonderful advice!

During the interview for the program I said I didn’t know what I didn’t know about starting a business and needed help. This big unknown is what became clear to me in the 12-week, 60-hour course. NVME provided me with in-depth content on every aspect of the startup process and helped me write a business plan that is the cornerstone for my business  Senior Planning Advisors, LLC.  An additional benefit I received in Venturing Forth was the bond formed with my classmates and the invaluable support they provided.

Achieving my DreamSenior Planning Advisors Logo

The convergence of my professional and personal lives has led to a business that allows me to provide services to seniors, elders, and family caregivers. My services allow them to make informed decisions and feel empowered, not overwhelmed, as they navigate life-stage transitions and later-life issues. As I continue to grow the business, the staff of NVME remain available for consultation and support. I am most grateful for that!

Spreading the Word about NVME Services

The NVME program gave me a roadmap to get my business up and running. Now I am pleased to serve as a NVME Ambassador. In this role I help promote NVME’s  tuition-free services for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and people in career transition.

 

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-01-18 January 18, 2018Start a BusinessAugustaCentral
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-01-18 January 18, 2018Start a BusinessStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2018-01-22 January 22, 2018Start a BusinessStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-01-23 January 23, 2018Start a BusinessHoultonNorthern
Starting a Child Care Business2018-01-23 January 23, 2018Start a BusinessHoultonNorthern
Customer Service: Focus on what matters2018-01-24 January 24, 2018Start a BusinessE. MillinocketNorth Central
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-02-01 February 01, 2018Start a BusinessStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-02-07 February 07, 2018Start a BusinessCaribouNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-02-08 February 08, 2018Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Customer Service: Focus on what matters2018-02-08 February 08, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-02-12 February 12, 2018Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Business Basics2018-01-31 January 31, 2018
(ends February 14, 2018)
Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-03-01 March 01, 2018Start a BusinessBrunswickMidCoast
Business Basics2018-02-22 February 22, 2018
(ends March 08, 2018)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Business Basics2018-03-08 March 08, 2018
(ends March 15, 2018)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-03-26 March 26, 2018Start a BusinessMexicoWestern
Starting a Child Care Business2018-03-27 March 27, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Venturing Forth2018-01-10 January 10, 2018
(ends March 28, 2018)
Start a BusinessSouth PortlandSouthern
Business Basics2018-03-21 March 21, 2018
(ends March 28, 2018)
Start a BusinessCamdenMidCoast
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-04-02 April 02, 2018Start a BusinessCamdenMidCoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-04-05 April 05, 2018Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-04-05 April 05, 2018Start a BusinessMechanic FallsWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-04-09 April 09, 2018Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-04-10 April 10, 2018Start a BusinessOaklandCentral
Business Basics2018-04-05 April 05, 2018
(ends April 12, 2018)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidCoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-05-03 May 03, 2018Start a BusinessTurnerWestern
Business Basics2018-05-07 May 07, 2018Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-05-17 May 17, 2018Start a BusinessBethelWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-05-30 May 30, 2018Start a BusinessCamdenMidCoast
Venturing Forth2018-03-07 March 07, 2018
(ends June 06, 2018)
Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-06-07 June 07, 2018Start a BusinessLewistonWestern