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  1. kayasinger kayasinger says

    One excellent choice is to start your own business. Women over 50 have the advantage of life experience and wisdom along with excellent relationship skills. A good mix for strating a venture. Women are also open to getting help. It’s a lot of work but very rewarding.

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  2. Generic Image lindaeicher@gmail.com says

    Find something you love to do and figure out a way to get paid for it!  I am 58, just going back to school to finish my degree in Hospitality/Tourism/Travel and concurrently pursuing my acting career in NYC.  I had to move across the country to do this, and found there were those who supported me (my kids…GO MOM!!) and those who just thought i was crazy…left them behine!  You only live once, BE BRAVE!

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    • Generic Image Sandy C. Purter says

      Wow!! Linda

      My name is Sandy C. Purter and I just completed my master’s in elementary education last year. You are  absolutely right, it is alot a work,but when you are doing what you love,its all worth it. Please! don’t allow anyone to put fear in you…just think about it, map it out in your mind, and go for it. Women  every where will be so proud of you

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      • phyllis the ISSI lady phyllis the ISSI lady says

        Hi, just read your post. I am curious – I am 56 with a design background – thinking of going back for my masters in art education (mostly to work in a college either teaching design or admissions counseling). Did you find a job – where in the country are you?

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      • Generic Image judithesl says

        I got a master’s in Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) two years ago after decades as a freelance writer. I now teach writing at an art school. The problem is that most teaching jobs are for adjunct instructors– part-time, no benefits. Full-time is generally considered five classes, and a given school may offer you only two or three, so most people end up working at several schools just to make a living. At least that the case in the SF Bay Area. If you’re willing and able to live outside in a major metropolitan area, you may have a better chance of landing a full-time teaching job.

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      • Generic Image judithesl says

        I got a master’s in Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) two years ago after decades as a freelance writer. I now teach writing at an art school. The problem is that most teaching jobs are for adjunct instructors– part-time, no benefits. Full-time is generally considered five classes, and a given school may offer you only two or three, so most people end up working at several schools just to make a living. At least that the case in the SF Bay Area. If you’re willing and able to live outside in a major metropolitan area, you may have a better chance of landing a full-time teaching job.

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    • Generic Image Verna Yvette Ross says

      Linda,

      You rock thank you for the advice!!!

      Best regards,

      Verna

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    • Generic Image Grandma Millie says

      Wow! I just saw myself in your post. I too am 58, completed my BA last year and now would like to obtain a masters degree and open up my own business. I’m still undecided what degree should I concentrate on-an entrepreneurship, or perhaps leadership. I am so heartened to know that there are others like me out there. My own kids sadly are not as supportive as they seem to think that I am over the hill and silly for doing it. They don’t say it, but as a mom I know. But even though it hurts I decided to move onward and forward and not look back. I would love to hear from others about their experiences going back to school at our age and what jobs they chose.
      Best of luck to you in NYC!
       

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  3. Aries32650 Aries32650 says

    To me working for yourself is the answer. Can never be laid off. To be a success in business, find a need and fill it and have recurring billing. I have found both. I am a Senior Service Provider. I love my business. It is NOT a job. Very rewarding and greatly needed.

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    • Generic Image Verna Yvette Ross says

      Senior Service Provider sounds great. How can I find are more about this??

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    • Generic Image Joyful says

      What does a Senior Service Provider do?

       

      Joy

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    • Generic Image Patty W says

      Tricia – how do I start my own Senior Service Provider business? The area we live in can support such a business, I just don’t know where to start.

      Patty W

       

       

       

       

       

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    • Beach angel Beach angel says

      What is a senior service provider???  I work with the elderly population in a rehab facility in social services…my boss is 23…I am 56…talk about someone way younger telling you what to  do.

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      • Generic Image csclok53 says

        I just got let go from a job loaded with 30 somethings telling me what to do and I’m 60!!!!  Needless to say, I did not appreciate that very much.

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    • Generic Image Nancy Dennis says

      What do you do exactly? Do you need to be certified, and do you advertise? I’ve been trying, unsucessfully to do work with seniors in my area. Difficult to get into. Please help, as i am desperate for work. Thank you.

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    • Generic Image Nancy Dennis says

      What do you do exactly? Do you need to be certified, and do you advertise? I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully to do work with seniors in my area. Difficult to get into. Please help, as i am desperate for work. Thank you.

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    • Generic Image olympia1028 says

      Hello, Aries – I love your response.  Many people have often told met that I should be a patient advocate or “senior service provider.”  How did you land such a position?  Are you an employee, or is this your business?   I just finished a degree toward which I was directed, even though I had feelings of doubt about it.  I now have a degree that I doubt I will use except perhaps to get my foot in the door.  But I like the title you use.  It speaks to me and my nature.  Please share more with me.  You can reach me through this site or email:  skallman@cox.net.  Thank you!

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    • Generic Image sammypuggy says

      For Aries 32650
      Saw your post and found your business interesting.  I have been interested in starting my own ‘home based business’ and looking at a courier service.  Providing senior service was going to be part of my business.  HOw did you start and what kind of start up costs did it take?

      Thank you,
      Bridget  

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    • Anonymous Anonymous says

      I just saw and joined the site. Also curious what Senior Consultant is. Thank you, Stacy

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    • Anonymous Anonymous says

      I am sorry, I meant senior service provider. I live in an area which there are many elderly. We are in a small country town, and you do have to travel about 20 miles to our closest Wal-Marts, stores, etc. I have had this idea for a few years but never went beyond the idea. I think it is a great idea as no one does this in my area. I am going thru a divorce and looking to make it on my own at age 50. I am curious on how you started this venture and what made it successful. Thank you again, Stacy

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  4. daccarte daccarte says

    At the age of 57, I was hired by a major consulting firm and spent one year on the road, flying weekly coast to coast, working 16 hour days.  Yes, I felt great landing such a great position.  But, I soon realized I lacked work-life balance plus I did not like working to someone else’s agenda.

    I resigned end of last year, work with the elderly (my real passion) and will get back to teaching at the university level.  Don’t sell yourself short.  Do what you have to do short-term to live…..but keep your eye on long-term goals.

    There is an increasing need for health/social workers (at all levels) for the elderly, and there will always be a need for educators.

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    • Generic Image Verna Yvette Ross says

      Thank you for your response. I will be completing forms for subsitute teaching today. I am very interested in working with the elderly. Could you give me any direction on companies and organizations that are lookin for people??

      Best regards……

      Verna

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      • Generic Image DesignWoman says

        Hi, my name is Patty and I have had 3 businesses.  I found out that I can not work for anyone with limitations.  I enjoy jobs that are projects, have a beginning, middle and come to completion.  Once you find out who you are and how you work, things get easier.  I am 50 years old now and have owned a pet sitting business for 5 years.  Each year I made moe and more money..  But now the business has run it’s course and I’m ready to do something else.  I am interested in attending school for interior design.  I know the economy isn’t doing well, but I absolutely love interior design……..

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      • Generic Image dbeckman says

        Hi Patty, I am new on VN but just read what you said about your past businesses.  Your words caught my attention because you love interior design.  I also love designing and have thought about going back to school for it, but was worried about the economy, as well. Please let me know if things worked out for you in that area.

        I did just find a great new company to work with and build an income from home. The company has created a science backed, category creator nutraceutical beverage product with research provided by the nation’s #1 cancer medical research center and a leading nutraceutical research laboratory.  It’s due to launch in October, so if you’d like more details just go to: http://evolv4health.yolasite.com/ 

        Thanks….Donna

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    • Generic Image Joseph12 says

      I would love to find a job that allowed me to fly “coast-to-coast.  I am turning 51 in June and love to travel.  If people hate to travel as much as I read that they do – I would love a job that I could go to another state or country (getting documents signed, meeting contacts, etc.).  I’ve never done it before but I have been thinking quite a lot about.  Any suggestions on what this might be and where to look for information?  Branchhorseman@comcast.net

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  5. Generic Image Gail says

    I have just finished reading thru all the responses and have a question for those in the “work from home Sales companies” . .I am 55, currently working a full time job outside the home and offering longarm machine quilting from home, which I thoroughly enjoy and plan to have this be my retirement work.  I continue to build my customer base, but it is not enough to do just this right now. Recently I have become frustrated/restless with the inflexible time available to me with this full time job and am entertaining the idea of going back to a direct sales company (I did this when my kids were young and at home)to offset my quilting . . however, the health insurance issue holds me back.  What/if any health insurance is offered thru DSA companies?  

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    • Mary McDowell Mary McDowell says

      Greetings Gail and anyone else that might be interested. Social Networking IS the way to go. I have been doing direct sales out of my home for 16 years now and love every minute of it. I am passionate about my work and love working out of my home. My company has been around for 53 years and continues to grow. My company does offer health insurance and discounted plans for us to purchase at very reasonable rates. If you are interested in more free information without obligation please contact me. I promise only to give you what you ask for always with your permission. You may contact me at wellness.educator@yahoo.com  Please mention this blog in the subject line or I may delete it.  Sincerely with passion, Mary McDowell

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  6. Generic Image cornwall49 says

    This message is for nangano…I can really relate to your position. I’m a year older than you, however, no more husband..I’m watching my savings dwindle down to nothing. I do have a part-time job to what was supposed to supplement my career in real estate…and I don’t have to go on telling anyone where that business is……However, on the brighter side, you do have a teaching degree. My cousin is a retired 1st grade teacher and has found tutering a very lucatrive for her retirement situation. You may want to look into this area of continuing teaching in this particular way. There are many school systems that have received 2 year grants that give way for those who still love to teach and get paid for it. I hope this helps.

    For myself, I’m scared and can just about pay the bills. I’m making minimum wage (I was making more in a part time job 20 yrs ago). And try to keep posting my resume on line…which I feel stinks. No one to look at you..see the passion in your eyes and being…just typed words going through cyber space. It’s very discouraging.

    Keep the faith….

    cornwall49

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    • Generic Image Nancy Dennis says

      I completely agree with you, but I have it even worse. I’m in a 3200 sq ft home i can’t afford, but selling is almost out of the question, as my home business (which is currently failing) is using up most of my square footage. I have been looking for either a F/T or P/T job, and can’t find a thing, unless I’m willing to do a major commute. Not possible. Old car, poor eyesight. I am Single, so cannot depend on anyone’s assistance. No one to commiserate with. I’m 58, female and alone. Very scared. I wake up in the morning so depressed. All my friends are either gainfully employed, or happily retired. I feel so alone. What state do you live in?

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      • Generic Image Anonymous says

        Hi!  You sound like me.  I’m single and no one I can count on to help me so I am alone and totally on my own.  I’m also 58.  I just lost my job 2 weeks ago and have been very hurt and angry about it.  But I believe there is always a way to make things work out and they will.  I have already found a buyer for my duplex and plan to move to another state.  I believe things happen for a reason.  Things fall into place and help me make decisions in what direction to go to.  It will work out for you.

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  7. Mary B. Harvey Mary B. Harvey says

    For women our age, one of the challenges of making a job change is that we’re often overqualified. It’s hard to find a job if you’re overqualified–managers think you’ll jump ship soon as the job market improves.

    One solution, if you have the resources to do it, is to go into business for yourself. Become an entrepreneur. That way, you get to reinvent yourself and create the job you want.

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    • Generic Image Sandy C. Purter says

      Hi Mary,

      My name is Sandy and you are right Mary,women our age should start their own business.Though the economy is terrible right now,there is always room for a business in the education field. Verna should look into starting a Tutorial Center,Lord knows,the school systems throughout the nation can use all the help they can get. Also,there is plenty of “Grant” monies out there to help with start-up cost. Children all over the nation continue to graduate high school and not able to read. Our children need someone like you Verna,go for it! or at least look into it.

      Sandy C. Purter

       

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    • Generic Image Verna Yvette Ross says

      Mary,

      Thank you so very much for your response. Please excuse the delay in getting back to you. Being an entrepreneur is not a bad idea and I have thought along those lines.

      Best regards,

      Verna

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      • Generic Image Verna Yvette Ross says

        Mary,

        Thank you so very much for your response. Please excuse the delay in getting back to you. Being an entrepreneur is not a bad idea and I have thought along those lines.

        Best regards,

        Verna

        reply to this comment

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    • Generic Image pspkrivis says

      I agree if you have the resources. I however, do not and I decided to go back to school to help with changing skills. It is a rough road but I believe for me it will pan out to my advantage.

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  8. Generic Image Edna Durant says

    Edna Hardy

    I am 58 and have only a high school diploma.  No one is hiring 58 year olds without college education.  If I went back to school to get a degree I would not know where to begin nor what subject would be good for someone over fifty.

     

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    • Generic Image Nadine says

      Edna: I don’t have college, either, but am making money within my company; I own my own business and set my own hours; I have been told that I have put my blogs out too often, so look for them within the page; I put out so many because there are so many people/women and men, who are looking for what we have to offer. I apologize for having too many comments–when you’re excited about something, and it works? It’s hard to be quiet!!

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  9. Generic Image dbeckman says

    Verna, I hope things are going well for you in career quest.  I was in the same boat as Mary Harvey mentioned in her comment about some managers think you are overqualified and will jump ship soon down the road.  I decided to go with a company with a new fitness drink launching this month (Oct.).  It is an incredible opportunity for me to work from home and help people at the same time.The company has created a science backed, category creator nutraceutical beverage product with research provided by the nation’s #1 cancer medical research center and a leading nutraceutical research laboratory.

    If interested, you can check us out at: http://evolv4health.yolasite.com/ – IT’S FREE TO REGISTER

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  10. Generic Image Nadine says

    Hope you got my response, Verna!!  Nadine

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  11. Generic Image NAS says

    I’m 59 and need to go back to school to upgrade my skills. The probelm is I don’t know what fields are hireing  senior citizens who have had no recent job experience

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  12. Generic Image RockMan says

    If you are 50 years old and really looking for some part time jobs, I would suggest you to try some freelance work exchange, you get work in your own field and that too part time basis, you can check few sites here http://www.elance.com, http://www.freelancer.comhttp://www.1moneymania.com/jobs-in-usa/jobs-women-over-50.html

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  13. Susan Bilheimer Susan Bilheimer says

    I became a technical writer when I was in my mid-40s. If you are a good writer and can write clear directions, you can break into this field. There are lots of sites with information. You can check out the STC (Society for Technical Communication), which is the best organization for tech writers. I know many people who got into this field later in life.

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  14. Generic Image Nadine says

    Dear SEARCHERS: Please take 1/2 hr. and listen to a toll-free call: 1-801-924-1976; this call is now availablle 24/7!!  Let me know what you think???  Nadine

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  15. Generic Image Anonymous says

    Hi nadine I was just reading your blog about herbalife. I am 50 years old and have lost my job in banking. I have been forced to go back to working at a hotel waiting tables and doing banquets. Is this opportunity your talking about really working? I need money in order to help me save my home. I have had a tremendous cut in salary and am at a lost, Help!

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  16. Generic Image Grandma Millie says

    Hello Ladies,
    Joining the conversation, I am 58 soon to be 59 and just enrolled in a Masters of Public Health Management 2yr program which is a good field for women our age.  As a result of the health care crisis in this country there will be a need for the foreseeable future for health care managers. I am working as a temp for a health ins company in customer service to get experience and exposure in the field since my background is in business and education. Just food for thought for those who may be interested. Good luck to everyone.
    Be well,
    GrandmaMillie

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