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+.

In our discussion, we talk about the need for women over 60 to create financial security in their lives and the challenges that they might face when looking for a new job.

   

We discuss how to take positive steps to deal with being laid off, taking an early retirement, or the need to supplement a pension. Kerry also shares some great ideas for women wanting to pursue a brand new encore career or set up their own freelance business.

Kerry also offers some practical advice for how to think creatively about online business opportunities, seasonal work and launching a freelance business based on something you love. She also reminds us about the details of starting a new business including taxes and other legal requirements.

Here are some of the websites that Kerry recommends to start with if you are thinking about establishing your freelance career:

Elance.com – an online marketplace where jobs are posted and freelancers bid on them – you can find a lot of writing and translation jobs there.

Etsy.com – a marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique hand-made goods.

Fiverr.com – a place where you can offer a service that uses your skills – voice-over for an advertising, designing an invitation, and so on.

I highly encourage you to check out Kerry’s website and many inspirational books:

Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … And Pays the Bills, by Kerry Hannon

What’s Next? Updated: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond, by Kerry Hannon

Enjoy the Show – I hope it will be helpful for you!

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