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I was delighted to be interviewed recently by Dorian Mintzer of RevolutionizeRetirement.com. Dorian hosts monthly calls with experts on the topic of retirement transition and navigating the second half of life (learn more about these free monthly calls here).

I hope you’ll listen in to our conversation where we talk about:

  • Why so many boomers are choosing to work part-time after retirement
  • The four main categories of second-act careers
  • Examples of fun and unusual second-acts
  • Easy steps you can take to discover your own “what’s next”

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I am beyond thrilled to announce the release of Design Your Second Act, an online course and toolkit for professionals who want to work on a flexible basis after retirement. The course pulls together many of the same resources, strategies and tools I use with my private clients (but at a tiny fraction of the cost). It’s designed to be self-study, so you can work on it whenever and wherever works best for you. Learn all about it here.

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It’s not easy to find a high-quality flexible job in retirement. But there is one strategy that beats all others. That’s why I want to share this excerpt from a recent newsletter I received from my colleague Kathryn Sollmann of the website 9livesforwomen.com that explains what works best – and why:

“The best place to start looking is close to home at smaller, growing businesses filled with ex-corporate executives tired of bureaucratic red tape. Lots of big corporations are offering flexwork, too—but it’s much more widespread at smaller companies where nimble, innovative thinking and doing reigns. Smaller companies don’t always have the resources to hire traditional full-time employees (who require health benefits), and they need your help.”

So how best to find these elusive opportunities?

Kathryn continues:

“It’s all a matter of networking—talk to everyone you know, see which companies belong to the Chamber of Commerce in area towns, ask around about former colleagues who may have started an entrepreneurial venture nearby, check out local members of professional and alumni associations, and spend hours (and hours) mining valuable connections on LinkedIn.”

Well-said Kathryn. I couldn’t agree more!

For additional tips on how to find a flex job and be a better networker, be sure to check out my list of 100+ Second-Act Career Resources, as well some of my other posts:

How to Network in Today’s Digital World

How to Find a Flexible Job or Create One

10 More Great Sites to Find Gigs and Part-Time Work

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Happy New Year! Before diving into the year ahead, I thought you’d find it useful to review some of my favorite second-act career posts and interviews from 2017, culled from my columns on NextAvenue.org and USNews.com. Enjoy and please share with others who might find this helpful as well. Cheers to your success in 2018!

10 Questions To Help You Discover a Fulfilling Second-Act CareerHere’s how to brainstorm winning ideas for a flexible and fun semi-retirement.

The Great Tool to Find a More Satisfying Career Path: If you’re ready to gain clarity about your next steps and willing to invest time to achieve a more satisfying future, this tool can help.

How to Choose a Second-Act Career: A fun podcast I did with MacsList.org.

3 Steps to Take to Start Freelancing: The majority of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers by 2027. This post explains how you can prepare to benefit from the freelance economy.

How to Get on a Board of Directors: Serving on both non-profit and for-profit boards are a popular second-act career option. Here are tips on how to find these opportunities.

How to Turn Passions into Retirement Income: Looking to generate income from your passions and hobbies in retirement? This post highlights four strategies to consider, along with resources to help get started.

6 Ways to Prepare to Find Part-Time Work in Retirement: Finding a meaningful second-act career won’t happen overnight. But the sooner you begin to research, explore and test out possibilities, the smoother your transition will be.

Phase a Full-Time Job into Part-Time, Then Retirement: Phased-retirement arrangements are still a rarity. This article offers suggestions on the best ways to pitch your boss on a phased retirement plan to your boss.

How to Get Your Boss to Let You Work From Home: The best ways to approach your boss about telecommuting and how to make working at home work well.

How Job Hunters Can Look for Age-Friendly Employers: This post overviews an intriguing new feature at RetirementJobs.com, a 10-year-old job board and career advice site geared for people over 50.

Want to stay informed about second-act careers and semi-retirement in 2018? Sign-up for my bi-monthly newsletter! It’s free, loaded with useful links and I never, ever share your information. To sign-up. just plug in your e-mail into the subscription box in the header at the top of this page.

In advance, thanks – I promise you’ll be glad you subscribed.

And finally, here’s a link to my favorite second-act career posts from 2016. Happy reading!

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Here are a few new reads from 2017 (and one from 2016) that make great gifts for the hard-to-buy boomers on your shopping list:

Design Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans is based on the author’s wildly popular Stamford University course that teaches students how to leverage design principles to create a more satisfying life and career. While the course is geared towards undergrads, their program is outstanding and equally useful for people of all ages.

Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive by Dorie Clark. Whether you hope to either start your own business, consult or freelance during retirement, this book is a must-read. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year!

Great Jobs for Everyone 50 +, Updated Edition: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy…and Pays the Bills by Kerry Hannon. Just updated, this guide is filled with lots of smart suggestions and resources for people interested in finding part-time jobs later in life.

Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50 by John Tarnoff. A helpful read for people 50+ looking to pivot to a second act career, either on a part-time or full-time basis.

How Do I Get There From Here? by Dr. George Schofield. This book is about much more than just working after retirement, and is chock-full of helpful insights that will help guide you as you navigate through the pitfalls and joys of this new life stage.

And finally, even though it’s been out for a few years, I’m always happy to recommend my own book, Second-Act Careers as a great gift for boomers looking to profit from their passions during semi-retirement.

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One of my favorite free resources for keeping up with what’s going on in the world of retirement and careers is SmartBrief.com. Every day they send me an email with a curated list of links to the top five or six articles in my interest areas. It’s a super-convenient way to keep myself current on the latest second-act related trends, news and resources.

And it’s a terrific resource to research possible second-act careers.

Fortunately, SmartBrief offers newsletters on over 200 topics – some of which are appealing second-act career options. Interested in the food and wine world? Subscribe to the Food Business School SmartBrief. Thinking of starting a local retail business? Consider the Retail on Main Street SmartBrief. Thinking about a service to help the special education community? Sign-up for the SmartBrief on Special Education.

The service is totally free and signing-up is a breeze. To learn more, click here.

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I was delighted to be a guest recently on the MacsList.com podcast to discuss how to create a second-act career. During the show I noted that many people find it daunting to plan for their second act career, and outlined three steps to help with the process:

  1. Introspection —  Think about what you want, and how you want to do it.
  2. Idea Generation — Get out there, and research your options.
  3. Experimentation — Try things out, to see what fits.

Click here to listen in to the full interview.

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I was delighted to see this video on TODAY that highlights the growing interest in coding as a career.

While many people think of coding as the domain of male millennials, the demand for coders is so high that I think there’s good reason to consider it as a second-act career option – many coders work from home, salary potential is excellent and the demand for qualified workers far exceeds the supply.

Of course, like any career path, coding is not for everyone. It can be challenging to learn and there’s no denying that age discrimination will be a barrier at firms where the average age hovers below 35.

But for the right person, it can be a satisfying way to shift into a lucrative high-growth career path. If the video piques your interest, here are some follow-up posts to read:

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I recently spent some time on Lynda.com, a site owned by LinkedIn that has over 5000 video tutorials on a wide range of business, technology and creative skills topics. Membership starts at $19.95 a month, but increasing numbers of public libraries (including mine!) provide access to Lynda’s courses for free. Or, you can take advantage of the 10-day free trial period if you want to test out the site before purchasing a membership.

Here are just a few of the titles that you might find intriguing:

  • Sell on Etsy (online e-tailer for crafty types)
  • Contracting for Creatives
  • Become an eBook Publisher
  • Find and Test Your Business Idea
  • Starting a Business
  • Setting Up Your Small Business as a Legal Entity

Check it out – It’s an incredible resource filled with wide-range of classes that can help jumpstart your second-act business.

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Happy New Year! Over the holiday break I took some time to go through my posts from the various sites I write for (NextAvenue.org, Forbes.com, USNews.com, and of course, MyLifestyleCareer.com) selected 16 of my favorites, and compiled them into one mega-post.

Enjoy – and here’s to YOU launching a meaningful, fulfilling and fun second act in the year ahead. Together, let’s make 2017 your best year yet!

Posts to Help You Figure Out What You Want to Do 

The 5 Key Questions to Find Meaningful Work In this NextAvenue.org post (in honor of my 20th anniversary as a career coach!) I shared five coaching questions for people eager to find more meaningful work. I hope you find them thought provoking and that they’ll encourage you to discuss them with family and friends

Why Do You Want to Work in Retirement? Beyond the paycheck, what do you hope to get out of working? It’s an important question to ponder. Because when you really understand what’s most important to you about working — both the financial rewards and intrinsic motivators like finding joy from helping others — it becomes far easier to zero in on satisfying options.

How to Figure Out What Should I Do Next? In this review of Julia Cameron’s latest book, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again, I detail some of the many outstanding exercises she includes that can help you discover your next steps.

4 Easy Ways to Prepare for a Second-Act Career If you want to maximize your options for a meaningful second act, it’s important to plan ahead. Fortunately, there are some very simple and fun things you can do to get the process rolling – even while you’re still working full-time.

Tools For Your Transition

4 Ways to Take Classes on the Cheap The options for continuing education have never been better — or more affordable. In this NextAvenue.org post I highlight four ways to get the skills you need without paying a fortune.

10 More Great Sites to Find Gigs and Part-Time Work In this post I overview 10 sites that advertise flexible gigs – a must-read for anyone looking for flexible work options.

How to Find a Flexible Job or Create One Tips, resources and strategies if you want to find decent flexible work.

The Caregiving Boom: Where the Jobs Are I’ve long maintained that one of the best places to look for second-act careers is in the aging space. As this NextAvenue.org post highlights, the opportunities in this industry are plentiful, diverse and increasing all the time.

More Resources if You Want to Write in Retirement I often hear from readers asking for ideas and tips on how to monetize their writing in semi-retirement. This post covers some excellent resources that can help turn your words into income.

Second-Act Career Ideas

How Your Hobbies Can Make You Money in Retirement The possibilities for monetizing your hobbies — both locally and online — have never been better. If you’re eager to turn your hobbies into retirement cash, this post highlights six winning strategies to consider.

6 Ways to Make Money From the Sharing Economy in Retirement The sharing economy – platforms and services that make it easy for you to rent out things you own and services you offer – opens up some interesting options for retirees looking to generate extra cash during their second act. And contrary to what you might think, the sharing economy is no longer limited to services like Uber and Airbnb.

Want a Second Act as a Travel Blogger?  In this post I explain how you can monetize your love of travel during semi-retirement by working as a travel blogger.

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