I’ve often said that there is much to be learned about the career reinvention process from nature. I was reminded of this phenomena yet again this summer, courtesy of a rogue pumpkin plant growing in our backyard.
As you can see in the photo below, the plant is a force of nature. From the time it first sprouted in July, this vine has grown like a wildfire: anchoring its roots into the ground, climbing up the deck and winding its tendrils around anything in its path.
If you’ve been thinking about writing a book during retirement, you might want to consider self-publishing. With just a little bit of research, you’ll find that there are now several cost-effective and relatively easy-to-use services designed to help you take your ideas from concept to print.
Of course, even with these sophisticated tools, getting your book to market is no simple undertaking. It still takes a lot of work, creativity and persistence. But if you’re up for the challenge, and eager to learn more about the self-publishing process, here are five posts I think you’ll find will make the journey easier:
1. How to Self-Publish Your Book on Amazon (Forbes.com). Wonderful overview of the options for publishing on Amazon. This article features input from Paul Jarvis, a web designer and author of four successful self-published books.
With retirements now lasting 30+ years, it’s increasingly important to factor health care and long-term care expenses into your financial analysis of whether or not to pursue a second-act career.
But when making your projections, how much should you budget for these big-ticket items?
I recently heard from a reader who wrote to tell me how much he enjoyed reading Second-Act Careers (made my day)! Thanks to the book, he had clearly identified his interests, strengths, motivations, etc., and is now into the next phase of selecting options and evaluating them for fit. He closed his note with this request:
“I‘m curious if you have any suggestions to help ‘separate the wheat from the chaff’ when considering one’s list of options?”
It’s a smart question. After all, lots of ideas sound great, but may not hold your interest over the long haul. Knowing that he can’t possibly be the only one wondering about this, I thought it best to share my response with all of you here.
So with thanks to my reader, here are 5 key steps to take when evaluating options for “fit”:
Looking for free advice and assistance with launching, growing and managing a business in retirement?
Well, I’ve got good news for you. This summer, AARP and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are teaming up to host a series of informational workshops for Encore Entrepreneurs.
It’s a timely move since lots of people over 50 are opting to go down this road. (And if you’re not sure if you’re cut out for entrepreneurship, take a look at this post written by my colleague Jeff Williams Working After 50: 10 Reasons Why You Want to Be Your Own Boss).
I was so delighted to hear about this initiative that I decided to sit in on one of the workshops last week. I think you’ll be as impressed as I was by the quality and diversity of free help that is out there.
Here is just a sampling of the resources discussed: