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  • Fabulous Training for Second-Act Entrepreneurs

    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. (And you can take advantage of the 10-day free trial period if you want to test out the site before purchasing a membership).

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

    There are plenty more courses of interest. Check it out – and let me know what you think!

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  • My Top 16 Second-Act Career Posts of 2016

    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!

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  • 5 Categories of Remote Jobs

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    Looking to work from home? Flexjobs just released info about five of the top job categories which have seen growth in remote job postings in 2016, as well as specific employers that are currently or have recently hired in this category. Examples of common job titles within the category are as follows:

    Mortgage & Real Estate. Zillow, Homeward Residential and American Advisors Group have recently recruited for remote jobs in mortgage and real estate. Mortgage loan officer, underwriter and mortgage processor are some common remote job titles in this category.

    HR & Recruiting. Aon Hewitt, Xerox and IT Pros have recently recruited for remote jobs in HR & recruiting. Recruiter, human resources specialist, and human resources manager are some common remote job titles in this category.

    Accounting & Finance. Wells Fargo, Citi, and Ally Financial have recently recruited for remote jobs in accounting & finance. Accountant, bookkeeper and auditor are some common remote job titles in this category.

    Pharmaceutical. CVS Health, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Pharmaceutical Product Development have recently recruited for remote jobs in pharmaceutical. Pharmacist, clinical research associate and account manager are some common remote job titles in this category.

    Education & Training. K12, Kaplan and Connections Education have recently recruited for remote jobs in education & training. Online tutor, adjunct faculty and virtual teacher are some common remote job titles in this category.

    Click here for more information about Flexjobs and their work-from-home jobs.

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  • 6 Ways to Make Money From the Sharing Economy in Retirement

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    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.

    These days, people are using sharing apps for all types of services, ranging from pet care to cooking to home sharing. The sharing economy is growing so rapidly that it is expected to be a $335 billion industry by 2025, according to projections by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Most sharing economy workers are relatively young. But baby boomers are now starting to profit from (and use) these sharing services as well.

    That’s welcome news, because in many ways sharing gigs are tailored to retirees. These jobs provide greatly needed extra income on a very flexible schedule. The platforms make it easy for people to list their services and collect payments, without having to incur the risky start-up costs of opening a new business. And a few companies even provide liability insurance, training and other entrepreneurial support services.

    So if generating some extra income during retirement is on your to-do list, here are six ways you might be able to profit from the sharing economy during retirement:

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  • Questions to Help You Find Your Calling

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    If you’re a NPR geek like me, you’ve likely heard that Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps recently published a new book Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. Culled from over 65,000 recorded StoryCorps interviews, the stories demonstrate that vocational passion and fulfillment can be found in the most unexpected ways and places.

    I read the book this past weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly. I think you will too.

    While the book is more an inspirational read than a how-to guide, Isay includes a list of thought-provoking questions at the end of the book that I think are worth sharing. (Technically these questions are designed to get people to open for their StoryCorps interviews, but I think they’re equally useful as a means to help you find your calling).

    While not all the questions will resonate, at least a few should prompts some insights into your values, motivators and passions as you plan your second act.

    Here are some of my favorites:

    • What were the happiest moments of your life? The saddest?
    • Who has been the most important person in your life?
    • What lessons has your work life taught you?
    • What are you the proudest of in your life?
    • Are there any words of wisdom you’d like to pass along to me?
    • How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
    • How would you like to be remembered?
    • Do you have any regrets?

    Interesting food for thought, no? I hope you’ll take some time to mull these over.

    To learn more about the book and to hear a few of the interviews, be sure to check out this NextAvenue.org post Finding Your Calling Through Work.

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