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  1. Is Portfolio Working the way forward for Women Over 50?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Many women are working in their 50s and 60s, whether through choice or necessity…and as we live longer and adjust to the increase in state retirement age, the challenges of finding employment and staying employable in midlife and beyond need to be met. But do we need to look differently at how we think of work? The world of work has become far more flexible…and our approach to work needs to change accordingly. When we left education and looked for our first jobs, 9 to 5 Monday to Friday for a single employer  was the norm…but today we may need to rethink our view of employment. Technology and acceptance of home working have opened countless possibilities for changing the way in which we work. What is portfolio working? Portfolio...
  2. Starting a Business after 50? Online Courses Can Help

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    Article by Fab after Fifty Though the paths to success may vary widely, ask any entrepreneur why they started their own business and you’ll spot running themes in their answers. For those of us facing a later retirement date than expected, it’s often a matter of destiny, namely controlling our own. People also cite finding the right work/life balance, pursuing a personal passion, and rising to a particular challenge as responses to what prompted them to take a plunge into the unknown. It’s interesting that the prime reasons given for starting a business are often to do with personal gratification. However, this is just one component of owning your own company. The obvious potential for financial rewards and the ability to choose who you work and network with also loom large on...
  3. Do YOU have the Right Skills to be Employable or Set up a Business Over 50?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With many women finding their retirement plans on hold due to the increase in state pension age, how do women ensure that they have the skills to be employable over 50 and 60? Firstly you need to evaluate the skills and resources, based on your past experience that you can bring to a potential employer, or turn into a business opportunity. If looking for paid employment Sit down and list the skills and strengths that you believe would have a value: Sales abilities (do you have a track record in the workplace or have you had success in a voluntary capacity at fundraising events) Organisational skills . Experience of managing a family, or PTA or charity events may all highlight your abilities Computer literacy..how familiar are you...
  4. Ten Reasons Why You Should Consider Writing As A Second Career

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    Article by Colette Dartford I wrote my debut novel, Learning To Speak American, when I was in my early fifties. I had recently moved from my home in Somerset to California’s glorious Napa Valley and the terms of my visa prevented me from doing any paid work. Relocating meant that I had given up my career as a Research Consultant but I decided to view this as a positive not a negative – an opportunity to develop my passion for creative writing into a second career as a published author. Of course it didn’t simply happen overnight – writing requires dedication and hard work – but it was immensely rewarding and I would recommend it to anyone who has the resources to give up their day job, or who is retired...
  5. 5 Tips to Turn Passions into Profits

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook So now you have decided you want to do something you love and make money at it, what is the next step? You need to be objective and analyse with a clear mind. This can often be the most difficult part of the project as when we are passionate about something we don’t always see the flaws or complicated, we are blinded to them by our eagerness to believe… Here are some brief tips to get you thinking about what is necessary to get you on a sound footing towards success and a new fulfilling future: Market research – I know, I know, the boring part! I hate it too, best thing I know for sending me straight to sleep! However, to avoid sleepless nights...
  6. Top Tips for Writing and Working from Home

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    Article by Lady T My UK publicists needed photographs of my life in LA – shots by the ocean in Malibu, having afternoon tea, writing at my desk, relaxing in the sunshine. They asked for images that would capture the contrast between London and sunny California, pictures that would reflect the themes in my novels; India’s Summer and Letter from Paris, as well as ones that can be used for my ongoing series Lady Terry’s Tips where I give advice on topics ranging from writing, traveling, public speaking to lifestyle and career change.   I feel that this photograph, taken by my pool on the first day of shooting, captures that formerly elusive je ne sais quoi. It is worthy of Vanity Fair don’t you think? There are many more I will share in coming weeks, but I think this one is perfect...
  7. 6 Top Tips for Preparing a Speech

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    Tips From Lady T The woman behind top TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson shares secrets of speaking success Thérèse, aka; Lady Robinson is the PR and event’s guru who helped her husband; top TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson, catapult his career. Indeed her latest novel, Letter from Paris, is a tale of love and career transformation where her heroine, India Butler delivers the speech of her life. So with many hoping for a pay rise at the end of the financial year, Thérèse shares her top tips on preparing a speech, overcoming stage fright and keeping an audience in the palm of your hand: “If the idea of giving a speech or making a presentation leaves you quaking, take consolation from the fact that even the world’s most charismatic professional speakers fight through...
  8. Changing your career over 50: Lis shares her career reinvention journey

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    Article by Lis McDermott   I keep meeting people who tell me that they are too old to change their career.  These are mostly ladies in their late 40’s to early 50’s.  They have a real passion for something, but think that it is too late for them to make changes and follow their dream. I’m now 63, and changed my career at the age of 56.  For 34 years I worked in music education with a range of roles, finally as the Music Adviser for Wiltshire.  During those 34 years I had the most amazing and rewarding career, working with some lovely colleagues,  teachers and students.  I was able to share my passion for music with others, and also develop my own skills.  Life was good! Why make a...
  9. Business over 50: How to charge what you’re worth and get it

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    Article by Vanessa Ugatti When it comes to professional services, charging what you’re worth is definitely not an exact science. Of course, there are overheads to consider, market forces and so on. However, there is another dimension which is far more complex in that it depends on the service provider’s beliefs, thoughts and feelings around his or her value. The concept of True Worth came into being quite simply because I had been coaching for years without even considering charging what I’m worth. For as long as I can remember and long before I became a coach, I felt naturally drawn to helping people shift and really enjoyed doing it. So when I started working with people professionally, I hadn’t really considered my value; in fact, I was not sufficiently confident in myself...
  10. Setting up a business in your 50s: Cheap or Free Resources

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With so many free resources available to help launch new business – or grow existing ones – there has never been a better time to set up a business. I set up (and sold) my first business when I was in my early 30s. Both the initial investment and commitment were significant. Setting up a business 25 years ago. Rental of office ( in my case a serviced office) A PC and laser printer , ISDN lines, graphic design fees, printing costs for brochures , letterhead and cards, postage, phone calls, staff costs, marketing, advertising, Just my PC and printer cost more than £6000. My PC probably did less then than my smartphone is able to do today. To set...
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