Posted on 01/07/2017

My Journey to Self-Employment: Hustle While You Wait

If I had to revise my resume one more time, I would throw my computer out the window! Certainly after 2,342 updates, it should be right by now . . .  I had given elevator speeches to strangers I’ll never see again, examined my weaknesses, passions and goals ad nauseam and all I knew for sure was that I had to come up with a way to support myself that didn’t rely on the current job scene.

My name is Michele and I’ve been a shape-shifting job seeker for the last five years. I was laid off from my position with a government contractor and despite outplacement help, coaching and career guidance from all over, my graduate degree and years of experience got me everything but steady employment. I’ve worked as many as three part-time jobs at a time, dashing across town in an aging PT Cruiser. I’m what you call a “hustler”. Now don’t be put off by that term, it’s true: I’ll do just about anything legal to keep busy and earn my keep. Even our venerated 16th president Abe Lincoln knew the drill, he said; “Things come to those who wait, but only those things left by those who hustle.”

I’d thought about creating my own business, but what, how? Then I found this great resource on the AARP Foundation website – the Work for Yourself @ 50+ Toolkit! Laying out five simple steps to:

1) Explore Your Options

2) Find Your Focus

3) Make a Plan

4) Watch Out for Trouble 

5) Find Support

The toolkit highlights considerations and tools to help you get your legs under you. It also directs you to other resources where you can learn about how to plan, network, budget, sniff out scams and more. Visit the website at so that you, too, can hop on the road to self-employment.

Call 1-888-339-5617 to request a copy of the Work for Yourself@50+ 5 Simple Steps to Get You Started toolkit or complete this short form to download your copy now.


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Michele Higgs

Michele Higgs

Blogger Profile: Michele Higgs is on a journey to self-employment with the help of AARP Foundation’s “Work for Yourself@50+” program. In this blog series, Michele will describe her experience with the program, and will walk through the Five Steps to Self-Employment which provides guidance and advice on self-employment. This is the second of a series of blogs she is writing about her experiences with the program.

*Updated 05/04/2017

3 Responses to “My Journey to Self-Employment: Hustle While You Wait”

March 21, 2017 at 3:24 am, Clara Linda Mares said:

This sounds very interesting. Let me know how to get started. I am very eager to start reading any literature available.
Thank you,

Linda Mares


April 07, 2017 at 3:20 am, Michele Higgs said:

Congratulations Linda! And welcome . . .this is an exciting journey. First I would say, start thinking about where your passions lie. Do you make a pumpkin pie that is always in demand for holiday dinners? A mean potato salad? Are you passionate about creating the perfect set-in sleeve, organizing closets; or better still, are you a computer whiz? These are all tasks that others may pay you to perform.

Then take a look at the Work for Yourself@50+ Toolkit (5 Simple Steps to Get You Started) to help you think about how the skills you have could become a business of your own. Call 1-888-339-5617 or go back into the AARP Foundation website to request a copy. There are many resources listed there for you.

Also visit the Small Business Administration website ( to dig deeper into the process of hanging your own shingle. There may be an office in your area where you can participate in workshops with others who share your interest ins self-employment. And Google away . . . to find community organizations in your area to help you as well. And talk to people about your plans. You may even find a mentor! Before you know it, you will have built a library of resources all about the Business of You. Have at it!


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