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5. Senior Move Manager

Nitty-gritty: Downsizing is your bailiwick. You are in charge of coordinating a move and configuring a new home set-up. Your typical client is someone relocating to smaller quarters, usually in a retirement community. He or she needs advice on choosing what furniture, artwork, china, collectibles and household goods make the cut to head over to the new digs. You tally up what can be sold, donated, or given to friends and family. You might even be in charge of shopping for new furniture that suits the new pad, or organizing and running an estate or yard sale. This job calls for configuring and cajoling. Must be handy with a tape measure.

Median pay range: Fees range from $30 per hour to $75+

Qualifications: Knowledge of interior design is essential. An "in" with a local realtor can jumpstart your business, as well as provide a steady clientele down the road. A calm, but take-charge demeanor is a desirable personality trait – no drama queens or kings here. For leads on jobs, stop by local realtor offices and visit retirement and assisted living communities in your area to ask about their future residents needs. Find out who is handling this type of work for them. These community's management offices usually provide soon-to-be residents with recommendations for moving specialists to lend a hand with what can be a daunting endeavor for downsizers of any age. Hiring an unbiased expert can be invaluable. For more information on courses and certification, contact the National Association of Senior Move Managers. Must be compassionate, but ruthless.

Kerry Hannon is the author of What's Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job.

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