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  • 10 Books To Help You Create a Great Semi-Retirement

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    Looking for a last-minute holiday gift idea for that hard to buy older person on your list?

    Why not buy them a great book? Most people over 50 already have all the sweaters, cologne and socks they need, but a gift of inspiration and information is always welcome.

    So if you know someone who is getting ready to retire, here are my recommendations of 10 books sure to please:

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  • Should You Self-Publish Your Book?

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    Whenever I speak about my book, I always get at least one question about how I got my book published. In all honesty, I find it somewhat surprising that so many people are interested in publishing a book during their semi-retirements.

    After all, writing a book is a massive undertaking that takes time, persistence and marketing savvy (not to mention a really understanding spouse and a love of coffee).

    In any case, if you’re an aspiring author, one of the decisions you’ll need to make, sooner rather than later, is whether to self-publish or pursue a traditional publishing contract.

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  • 3 Must-Know Resources to Help Launch and Grow a Semi-Retirement Biz

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    Last week I had the great pleasure of watching one of my former clients, presentation skills coach Gilda Bonanno  emcee the the 13th annual Women’s Business Development Council Business Breakfast in Stamford, CT – an event that celebrated the Connecticut WBDC, which has helped to grow 4,000 businesses to date.

    It was a real thrill for me to see Gilda wow the crowd of nearly 700 business leaders and entrepreneurs (Excellent job Gilda!) but the event also served as a great reminder of the many wonderful free and nearly-free services available to help aspiring entrepreneurs. Not just in Connecticut, but throughout the country.

    Thanks to the US Small Business Administration (and your tax dollars) you can take advantage of a wide variety of online and local classes, workshops, counseling services and networking opportunities to help launch, build or grow a semi-retirement business.

    I’ve had clients use them for years and I recommend them to you as well. So if you’re ready to go from idea to income, here are three free (or nearly free) SBA-affiliated resources to consider:

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  • Ready for your Encore? 4 Must-Know Resources

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    “Helping people is harder than it looks. And yet, every now and then, if you’re willing to take a risk, you can have a truly transformative impact in ways that will continue to ripple out to other people.” - – Nick Kristof, Pulitzer prize winning journalist and co-author of the newly released book, A Path Appears, speaking during the closing keynote of Encore 2014: Building an Encore Nation.

    I just returned from the Encore 2014 conferenceand without a doubt, it was the single best conference I have ever attended – three days of inspiration and unparalleled networking opportunities. For those of you unfamiliar with Encore.org, it is an organization and movement dedicated to second acts for the greater good and the belief that post-midlife is a time to use one’s personal skills and experience to help others.

    I’ll be writing more about the conference on Next Avenue later this month, but in the meantime, being at the conference reminded me to share some of the many helpful Encore resources that you can use to plan your own purpose-focused second act.

    Here are four of my favorites:

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  • 5 Easy Ways to Figure Out What You Want to Do in Semi-Retirement

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    I’m often asked, “Nancy, what are some easy things I can do now to start to plan for my eventual retirement?”

    I get that emphasis on “easy.” Finding the time to focus on the future is not so simple when you’re busy working hard at your full-time job. But even if you can only spare a few hours each month, there are some simple things you can do now to begin to plan for the future.

    Here are 5 suggestions:

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