Founder of CWF Organization, educator, public speaker
My motto: Making a difference through education. I would be honored to help you on your path to life enhancement.
First start by focusing more into solutions and less on the problem. 59 years old is not old, it's just right for opportunity and experience. If you are not aware of your strengths and the things you do well, I suggest you visiting a local workforce or educational institution and ask for a career interest inventory. It would act as a guide to assist you in the types of careers that will best suit your personality and interest. If all else fails, being unemployed could be the perfect time for you to enroll in an adult education program and refresh or gain some new skills for the road ahead.
If you have computer skills and job experience, there is no excuse for you to be jobless. Usually people are out of work because they lack computer skills. I would suggest you look into higher education courses or starting your own business. Clearly, unemployment due to lack of skills is not your issue.
Business is life and it is your lively hood you must consider. Since you are just starting out, I would suggest that you continue to research manufacturing companies that meet your immediate needs. You can keep this manufacturer in mind for future upgrades, if necessary, once you see that your business is successful and able to sustain. Otherwise, if this particular manufacturer is necessary now, the only other option you have is to consider a partnership with a business investor or another loan.
Consider hiring a PR. That way you can focus more on the business side of your business. There are many PR graduating out of college that would love to put their skills to work. Zip recruiter is a great place to start.
I would suggest you looking into similar franchise owners that are succeeding and do some networking. Consider visiting in person over lunch or arranging a conference call with them. Prior to your visit or conversation, make you a list of questions that relate to your needs and pick their brain. Professional development and networking is important for growth in any field. If all else fails, consider YouTube to educate you on your particular field of expertise.
Speak with potential investors in your area. This is a crucial step in sustainability. You can do this by hosting a luncheon or connecting with local community groups like LION's Club or Rotary Clubs. This connection of networking is the best way to get potential funders on board. However, you must have your sales pitch ready and know how to sell yourself and your brand. Why would they want to fund your idea?