Hi. I'm 54, in poverty, and I've got to set up a business to get out of an unemployment rut. I'm thinking I might venture by designing things and attending to their production. To simplify, lets just take it as given that I have the intelligence and the aptitude. Okay, I want to retire in a house in the country. And I will need to live off the proceeds from my company in retirement. So, I'm trying to figure how I can achieve my goals through an involvement with design . I don't know what the financial rewards can be, but, I imagine, I can get my house in the country by setting up a sort-of (internal) design house. The things is, at the moment, in my minds eye, I see myself relying on income from profits from manufacturing and sales of products, rather than income from designing activity. And I tend to see myself engaging with product design, if anything. I guess then what I'm probably envisaging is becoming a small manufacturer, yet I feel getting significantly involved with design, and maybe, in the fulness of time, I will be able to advise on design, and not simply design for myself. Things are a bit fuzzy, but I'm hoping things will clarify. I'm thinking about doing an Open University degree. My options are: Bachelor of Engineering (B24, B65) Business Studies (B70, B04) Design & Innovation (B61) Leadership & Management (B54) Technology (B20) Open Degree (BD) I'm not sure exactly what degree to start. I muse that if my plan was to be paid for design services, you would probably major in design & innovation and minor in business. But, seeking to set up as a manufacturer, you might major in business and minor in design. Your insights appreciated.