As I am writing this article in January 2014, the United States and Canada are experiencing freezing weather conditions not seen for decades. So, it’s not surprising that International Living’s list of the world’s best places to retire in 2014 is getting so much attention. After all, the locations that they mention – Panama, Ecuador, Malaysia, Costa Rica and Spain – are bathed in sun for most of the year!
As we reach our 60s, many women are finding that the careers that supported us for decades are coming to an end. This represents a challenge and an opportunity. On the one hand, letting go of what we have always done is scary. In addition, many of us worry about how we will support ourselves financially in the years ahead. On the other hand, leaving one job behind is an opportunity to start something new – an encore career that will give us meaning and, hopefully, a little extra money.
As December closes, we are starting to see the countdown to the “Best of 2013” and “Big Trends for 2014.” I take most of these articles with a grain of salt and normally find that a lot of my own ideas go in a different direction than the “experts”. I do, however, look for observations and predictions from sites I trust and respect.
Today, I came across Business Insider’s take on “Trends That Will Define 2014” and found that they include some interesting and relevant points for women over 60. Here are some of the trends they say will define the upcoming year.
Kerry Hannon is an expert on personal finance and careers for boomer women and is my special guest in this episode of the Sixty and Me Show. Kerry is a writer for Forbes magazine and Next Avenue and is AARP’s Jobs Expert. Kerry is also the author of the best-selling book Great Jobs for Everyone 50+.
Women over 60 are exploring new possibilities in life. For many of us, this means working in retirement. The reasons may surprise you.
Although many women over 60 are definitely interested in making their retirement savings last longer, the number one motivator for working in retirement is not always “to make money.” Whether we need the money or not, many women over 60 want to stay active, stay involved in the world, and keep making a meaningful contribution to an organization or cause that we care about.
Many women over 60 would love to earn some extra money on the side – whether we’re winding down our careers or looking to make our retirement savings last longer, extra cash is always welcome. But how can women over 60 make money, especially while working a flexible schedule and doing interesting work?
Fortunately, the Internet makes it more possible than ever before for women to make money working from home.
There is a good reason that the “free” is part of the word freelance. Technology and an acceptance of remote working among employers are giving this new style of working a boost. If you are retired, or considering retirement, and have ever dreamt of working from home or independent locations, freelancing may be an attractive option for you.
Many women over 60 dream of retiring abroad, and there are many wonderful countries where you can often enjoy a richer retirement lifestyle at a lower cost of living than in your own homeland. But if you want to retire abroad, how do you get started? How do you take the first step to making your retirement dream a reality? Here are a few questions that everyone should ask prior to moving abroad for retirement:
One of the best ways to make your retirement savings last longer is to save money on everyday expenses. But what if you could save even more money… by getting things for free? Whether you’re a hardcore coupon collector, a natural bargain hunter, or just looking to save some extra money, here are a few ideas for things you can get for free:
Many women over 60 are getting ready to retire, if we haven’t retired already. But our generation of women is reinventing retirement in a way that would be unrecognizable to our parents’ generation. For many of us, our “golden years” are not going to be spent sitting quietly on rocking chairs watching TV. Instead of being sedentary, silent and shut away from the world, women over 60 are approaching our retirement years with a new spirit of focus, purpose, energy and ambition.