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A Second Career Success Story

Published on Apr 30, 2009


Read 'A Second Career Success Story' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
Early retirement wasn't what Rich Halbeisen wanted or expected after a 30-year engineering career with IBM. In November of 2007 he was one of a number of employees asked to take early retirement as a cost savings measure. This enterprising 51-year-old went back to school at a local community college and in the summer of 2008, he received his home inspection license. As he was building his appraisal business, he met up with Fern Wright, another "ex-IBMer" with a complementary skill set, and they began talking about starting a Home Inspections business that served the same real etate market as Rich's appraisal business. A few weeks after Fern and Rich formed their AccuCheck Home Inspection, LLC in Charlotte, NC they learned they won the $5,000 Grand Prize in the BizFilings $5K Giveaway Sweepstakes. "I couldn't believe it," Rich said. "Winning that $5,000 prize will be a big help in covering some of our start-up business expenses. Saving money on their LLC formation was a big reason Fern chose online incorporator BizFilings, Rich said. "I know what attorneys cost, and this is a better deal. You get the same service and it's less expensive. Plus, Fern formed a different company with BizFilings a few years ago and had a positive experience, so the choice was easy." "Our goal is to build the business slowly, get the equipment we need, learn and connect with others, basically, build a good foundation and be ready when the market rebounds," Rich said. Congratulations Rich and Fern. No matter if you're dealing with early retirement or a lay-off, there is always a way to move forward and have success with a second career, especially if that career is one where you are your own boss.  Remember Rich and Fern - good things and a little luck may be just around the corner.