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Work for Yourself@50+

5 Simple Steps to Get You Started

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Work for Yourself@50+ workshops are currently being offered through local partners in 24 states and the District of Columbia. 

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Work for Yourself@50+ is funded with the generous support of The Hartford.

Are you over 50 and looking for ways to improve your current financial situation and also pave the way to greater financial security down the road? If this sounds like you, you are in the right place. For many Americans, the goal of improved financial stability has been accomplished through self-employment in one of its many forms: side gigs, freelancing, contracted services, or staring a small business or microbusiness.

If you're considering self-employment, you may not know where to start. AARP Foundation's Work for Yourself@50+ program will guide through a process to help you decide whether being self-employed is right for you. Our goal is to help you identify the right options for you, and point you to additional resources to help you get started. We will share the first steps you should take and caution you about mistakes to avoid. We will help you understand what self-employment looks like in today’s economy by reviewing some of the many options for those over 50. Let's get started!

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.

Steps to Self Employment

Explore Your Options

Decide if self-employment is right for you

Find Your Focus

Information, exercises and checklists to help you pinpoint your areas of interest

Make a Plan

A realistic overview of startup considerations, strategies and preliminary steps required for successfully moving onto the self-employment track

Watch Out for Trouble

Stumbling blocks along the road to self-employment can turn your dream into a nightmare. This section will pinpoint ways to avoid some of the major pitfalls

Find Support

While there can be hiccups along the way, you don’t have to approach self-employment alone. In this section we’ll offer guidance on finding the best services and supports that can help you be the most successful

Take Action

Now that you’ve explored your options and made your choice, this section will help you bring together what you’ve learned and get you ready to take on the challenge of working for yourself


Work For Yourself@50+ Local Program Partners

Work for Yourself@50+ program helps you pursue self-employment by connecting you with trustworthy resources in your community.

Work for Yourself@50+ workshops are currently being offered through local partners in 24 states and the District of Columbia.