Here are links to some of my favorite second-act career posts from 2013. They represent the best from this blog and from my column on NextAvenue.org (which you’ll also find on Forbes.com).
Enjoy – and do let me know which topics you’d like to see me write about during 2014. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
- How to Start a Second-Act Career in a College Town: Dream of retiring to a college town? Here are some ways you might be able to generate some income when you do.
- Want a Second-Act Career as a Writer? 10 Resources You Can’t Afford to Miss : Lots of resources and useful sites for people interested in turning their passion for writing into profits.
- 5 Sites to Inspire Your Second-Act: These sites are sure to expand your world of possibilities, empower you with helpful resources and inspire you to move forward with your own reinvention journey.
- Love Pets? 6 Ways to Profit From Your Passion: Americans spent more than $55 billion nationwide on pet-related products and services in 2012. In this post I explain how to profit from this trend.
I am a technical writer who wants to continue to write into my retirement as a part time, low-stess job. I have always done a lot of personal writing for my own fulfillment and satisfaction. I actually started out writing for a free music newspaper. I have co-authored articles in the field of business process automation, a field I worked in for many years as a technical writer. Do you have any suggestions about an approach I might take to transition into a fun-filled retirement doing what I love, writing?
Ah, a question near and dear to my heart. Fortunately, I’ve got lots of resources that you might find helpful. But before doing so, I did want to share a note of caution.
As a specialist in second-act careers, I’m always on the lookout for new and novel second-act career ideas. And of course, as an author, I love anything having to do with books. So when these two book-related second-act ideas recently caught my attention, I just had to share:
1. Want to be a Bibliotherapist? MORE magazine, one of my favorite sources for second-act career ideas, recently ran a column about a bibliotherapy service offered by Noreen Tomassi, the Executive Director of the Center for Fiction in NYC called A Novel Approach. According to MORE, “Her well-structured interview will explore your reading history and, to a lesser degree, whatever ‘problem’ you may be facing – an affair, a career challenge, a move.” The article continues, “Will the books help? The therapeutic power of narrative is as old as Aristotle and it’s up to date as AA, so I think they may.” Following your “therapy” session, Tomassi handpicks 12 books for you, basing her choices on the topics you’ve discussed. The sessions are $125 and are held via a 45-minute phone call, an e-mail exchange or, a face-to-face session.
I’ve long maintained that a business built around a ” Help Me Now!” need is a good type of business to consider. You know, the “I’ll pay whatever, but please just help me get rid of this problem FAST!” types of needs: broken pipes, sick kids, smashed windows, clogged septic systems, etc.
Granted, they aren’t the world’s most glamorous types of businesses. But when people need them – they really, really need them.
So when I recently received a pitch about two New York women, Wendy Beck and Karen Sokoloff , who run a company called LiceDoctors, I wanted to learn more. (Okay, I’ll admit that my gut reaction upon first hearing about this business was “Ewww”! But after recovering from my initial shudder, my next thought was, “Genius!”).
One the more popular questions I get asked when doing interviews about my book, Second-Act Careers is, “What is the best second-act career for people over 50?”
I’d love to have a ready answer to that question. But in truth, is that there is no one-size-fits-all “best.” Everyone needs to figure out the optimal solution for their unique set of circumstances, goals and experiences. One person’s delight might be another’s disappointment.
But that said, I do think entrepreneurial support services is one of the more promising second-act career options for boomers. We are fast becoming a nation of independent entrepreneurs and many of those entrepreneurs are people over 50. According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, a leading indicator of new business creation, the share of new businesses started by people ages 55 to 64 increased from 14.3% in 1996 to 23.4% in 2012.