Work Options in the Golden Years

By on November 11, 2011

By Laurie Neumann –

It used to be when you reached 50 plus years of age, you were nearing retirement, ready to golf and spend time with the grandkids. It was also the time of life that many people started a second career, pursuing a job that incorporated an interest they had acquired over the years. Some started their own business, trying their hand at the entrepreneur lifestyle. Even though the extra money was a help, it was more of a “fun” venture.

Today, with the way the economy has gone, things have changed. Now many retirees go on to work a job or start their own business out of necessity. It has become very difficult to make ends meet, while living on decreased pensions and paying for your own health insurance. It has become almost essential to bring in an extra income well into a person’s sixties and seventies.

As a woman of 50+ years of age, what are your options? Let’s look at some of the choices.

Get a Job – you may need to go to work at a job, whether it is part-time or full-time. Being of a mature age can either work in your favor or against you, depending on where you apply. Some organizations value the input and work ethic of older women today, while others only want individuals who are younger and looking to make a longer career of the job.

Start a business – you can start a brick and mortar business or a home based one. A business that requires a physical location is going to cost you much more in start up costs, as well as expenses to keep the business going, such as rent and utilities.

A home based business can be a great solution. You can run it out of a small area of your home, so there is no additional rent or utilities expense. In some cases, you may even be eligible for a tax write-off for the office space.

A home based business lets you focus on your interests and passions while earning some extra income. It has the benefits of running a business, such as being your own boss, yet it allows for flexibility.

A home based business can add a dimension of purpose to your life that is welcome in the later years of life. Not having young children any longer and getting close to retirement (or maybe you are there already) can leave a void. Running a business from home that you enjoy can help fill that void.

If you are nearing 50 or are already there, consider your options. Choose wisely and enjoy many “golden years” of purpose and fulfillment.

 

Laurie is a baby boomer and a Christian Home Business Coach. She believes strongly that God has a plan for your life, even in the retirement years! Visit her website at http://www.christianhomebusinessconnection.com/ and see all that she offers.

About Laurie Neumann

Laurie is a baby boomer and a Christian Home Business Coach. She believes strongly that God has a plan for your life, even in the retirement years! Visit her website at http://www.christianhomebusinessconnection.com/ and see all that she offers.

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Work Options in the Golden Years