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  • Our New Online Course: Design Your Second Act

     

    I am beyond thrilled to announce the release of Design Your Second Act, an online course and toolkit for professionals who want to work on a flexible basis after retirement. The course pulls together many of the same resources, strategies and tools I use with my private clients (but at a tiny fraction of the cost). It’s designed to be self-study, so you can work on it whenever and wherever works best for you. Learn all about it here.

     

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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

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    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

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    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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