AARP Foundation Blog

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There is no “Typical” Entrepreneur

Posted: 10/17/2017 by | No Comments

Support is a priceless gift. You have to be prepared to do a lot of different things in this self-employment life, you know?  Just like there is no “typical” job or job seeker in our crowd, there is no typical entrepreneur. We all have experience, and we need to use it to stay vital if […]

Working for Yourself Takes Planning

Posted: 10/03/2017 by | No Comments

Working for yourself takes planning, and here’s how you can get started The gig economy: It’s a growing trend. Permanent, full-time positions might even become a thing of the past. One study has predicted that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers will be independent contractors, working for a variety of companies on a temporary […]

Expanding Horizons in Miami

group of adults students
Posted: 09/19/2017 by | 1 Comment

Jesus Barrios, 54, has a Hotmail account. “Yeah,” he laughs, “that was one of the first things they told me at the workshop. Switch to Gmail. Hotmail is dated and sends the message that you’re out of touch. I haven’t done it yet.” The workshop he references is part of AARP Foundation’s BACK TO WORK […]

How Lisa Got Her (Job) Groove Back

BACKTOWORK50+ workshop concept
Posted: 08/22/2017 by | 3 Comments

When Lisa Edmond was just shy of 18 years old, she started working at Sears, Roebuck & Co., in the still-under-construction Sears Tower in Chicago. It was 1974, and she was fresh out of high school; bright-eyed, loyal and ready to work. In 2016, more than four decades after she joined the company, Sears laid […]

The Challenges of Aging in Rural America

Posted: 08/08/2017 by | 2 Comments

Rural America is aging faster than the rest of the country. And while rural folks are known for their sense of independence and resilience, aging well in rural areas means staying connected to the community — which sometimes means relying on other people. The Challenges of Rural Aging Seniors in rural areas face many challenges […]

Self-Employment Over 50 Spells Independence

Erica Lemp
Posted: 07/12/2017 by | 1 Comment

You may think of “gaining independence” when you graduate high school or college, but have you thought about becoming more independent after 50? What would it be like to be your own boss? There are many reasons why you may want or need a career change. Maybe you’ve been laid off or need a second […]