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. Enjoy the show!

 
 

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

Have you switched careers in your 50s or 60s? Do you want to continue to work after you reach the official retirement age? Why or why not? Please join the conversation.

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