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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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  • Free Help For Your Retirement Biz


    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:

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  • Two Cool (and Free!) Tools for Freelancers


    This is a quick read but it includes two very cool tools if you’re interested in freelancing during semi-retirement:

    1. How To Design A Great Ebook Without Design Skills (+ 10 Ebook Page Templates For Your Book). This priceless post on Fizzle.com is loaded with helpful tips and resources for anyone interested in putting together an e-book (or even a book-book for that matter). I can’t believe how much useful info is in this post – this is now at the top of my bookmark file.

    2. Freelancer.com has put together a special e-book showcasing some of their users’ personal stories and experiences. Among the people featured are a senior citizen and former professor from Kolkata battling post-retirement blues, an architect from Manila challenging gender stereotypes, a Stanford graduate teaching English to the developing world, and an advocate of Pakistani descent empowering non-profit organizations with technology. It’s a fun read that could give you some great ideas of how to profit from being a freelance worker during retirement.

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  • Want a Second-Act Career? 20 Helpful Videos

    And the Oscar goes to…Okay, so clearly I am in no danger of being asked to walk the red carpet!

    But I was recently interviewed by Sarah Hiner, President of Bottom Line Publications, as part of a video series called, “Conversations with the Experts.”

    Sarah and I chatted about all things “career” for several hours. It was great fun, and as you’ll soon see, we covered lots of territory.

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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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