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My Journey to Self-Employment: Making Self-Employment Work

Past and Future
Posted: 11/01/2017 by | 1 Comment

Seek More Opportunities. You’re Not Done Yet! I recently attended a workshop hosted by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ (DCRA) Small Business Resource Center, offered by the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) and AARP Foundation to discuss the Work for Yourself @ 50+ program. It was a mixed group of eager newcomers […]

My Journey to Self-Employment: Making Connections not Conversation

Making Connections not Conversation
Posted: 10/25/2017 by | 1 Comment

Talking to people is more than just a conversation. Here’s where the rubber meets the road. How do I find funding for my big idea? I believe in it, but how do I find the support I need to make it a reality? While going through the Work for Yourself @ 50+ Toolkit, I found […]

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 | 40 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 | 41 Comments

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 | 4 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 […]