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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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  • 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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  • Inspiration for a Second-Act Biz

    In my never ending quest for inspirational second-act stories, I just found another wonderful resource I had to share. This incredible video collection comes courtesy of The Story Exchange, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit global video project and website empowering women to achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship.

    While the site is intended for women, and not specifically for boomers, you’ll find tons of inspiration here for your second act. Here’s just a small sampling of the videos you’ll find:

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  • More Resources if You Want to Write in Retirement

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    I often hear from readers looking for ideas and tips on how to monetize their writing. Some are interested in writing books or blogs, while others are hoping to work as freelance writers, both online and off.

    If you look through this blog you’ll find a number of posts that address this issue (there’s a handy link to those posts at the bottom of this page). But today, I wanted to share a few more great links that I recently discovered:

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