Category Archives: Career

Consider #RealEstate for Your Next #Career or #Business! #over50 #50plus

Residential Real Estate thefiftyplusnetwork consider real estate for your next career move over50 50plus

Do you like looking at houses? Do you keep track of the good schools in your town or city? Are you aware of the good neighborhoods and not-so-good neighborhoods in your city or town? When you see a home for sale or a new residential development, are you curious about the asking prices for the home(s)? If you answered yes to any of these questions, real estate might be a good career or business choice for you! According to CNN Money, the U.S real estate market is hot again! Interest rates are still low, and unemployment is at a 10-year low of 4.5%. This might be the perfect time to consider a career or business in real estate. Typically, when we ponder a career in real estate, we automatically think “real estate agent.” However, there are many different types of careers or businesses in the real estate industry, such as:

  1. property manager
  2. rental manager
  3. real estate investor
  4. real estate analyst
  5. property maintenance (cleaning, painting, repairing, installing)
  6. home inspector
  7. mortgage broker
  8. insurance agent

Some of the aforementioned careers or businesses require a license or certification. Other careers or businesses require no official credentials, such as property management, rental manager, and real estate investor. “Over50” individuals have decades of experience, which can be the most important factor when considering a career or business in real estate. To determine if real estate is the right business for you, click here. To learn more about career opportunities in real estate staffing, consulting, mergers and acquisitions, click here.

Are you looking for a second career or business? If so, please share your thoughts by joining us at thefiftyplusnetwork.com!

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Follow us on Twitter
  3. Follow us on Google+
  4. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  5. Pin us on Pinterest
  6. Follow us on Instagram


Instagram

5 Tips for Successful #ProjectManagement! #careeradvice #careers

Successful Project Management thefiftyplusnetwork careerover50 over50career businessover50 over50business 50pluscareer 50plusbusiness

If you are over 50, you may be at the peak of your career. The most successful Project Managers have years of experience under their belts. They have seen it all! A successful Project Manager always shows appreciation and gratitude to his team for a job well done! How do you successfully manage a project to achieve the desired results? We have 5 tips:

  1. Pick a Great Team
  2. Manage Your Budget
  3. Understand Your Customer’s Needs
  4. Manage Your Schedule
  5. Manage Risks

How to pick a great team?

Focus on skills and personality. Team cohesion is critical. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator will help you adjust your management style based on a team member’s personality.

How to manage your budget?

Closely track expenses on a regular basis. The Earned Value Management System (EVMS) integrates costs, schedule, technical accomplishments and risk on a project. It can be painful, but it forces adherence to available resources.

How to understand your customer’s needs?

Maintain close and regular contact with your customer. Using the Agile Methodology incorporates periodic demonstrations and customer feedback.

How to manage risks?

Identify all possible risks and develop plans to mitigate each risk. Risk management sounds boring and unnecessary because you are planning for something that may never happen. However, if catastrophe strikes, you must be prepared!

Do you have any tips for successful project management? If so, share your tips by joining us at thefiftyplusnetwork.com!

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Follow us on Twitter
  3. Follow us on Google+
  4. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  5. Pin us on Pinterest
  6. Follow us on Instagram


Instagram

6 #Businesses to Start with Little to No Cash! #over50career #50pluscareer

Downtown Business District thefiftyplusnetwork career business over50 50plus

Even if you have a successful career, and are in the “over 50” category, it still behooves you to consider an additional stream of income. You never know when your employer might merge, initiate layoffs, or offer early retirement. Due to technological and geopolitical changes in the economy, businesses must adapt to a constant state of change. Sometimes businesses will add employees to account for extra demand for their products or services; and sometimes businesses will eliminate employees to reduce liabilities. Some jobs may be lost to the increased use of robots. Fast food restaurants are already using robots to replace humans. Geopolitical changes in the economy result from trade agreements negotiated with other countries, such as NAFTA. Typically, the first employees laid off are workers over 50 because their salaries and benefits are higher than younger employees. If you are over 50, it is prudent to prepare for uncertainty in the economy by creating an additional stream of income. To learn more about 6 businesses you can start with little to no cash, click here. For more on preparing for economic change, click here.

If you are over 50, and you are concerned about economic changes affecting your career or business, please share your concerns by joining us at The Fifty Plus Network:

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Follow us on Twitter
  3. Follow us on Google+
  4. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  5. Pin us on Pinterest
  6. Follow us on Instagram


Instagram

3 Ways to Prepare 4 New President & #Economy! #business #businesstips

Downtown Business District over50 50plus over50career 50pluscareer over50business 50plusbusiness

No matter who you like and/or who you voted for, there will be a change at the top leadership position of the free world! That change introduces “uncertainty” into the economy and financial markets, so there will be volatility. There may be job losses in your industry based on new policies. We all must prepare for change, and here are 3 ways:

  1. Beef Up Your Emergency Fund
  2. Create an Additional Stream of Income
  3. Learn the U.S. Tax Code

Beef Up Your Emergency Fund

Try to save money wherever you can. How? Take a look at all of your discretionary spending, which is money you don’t have to spend. For example, you don’t have to buy a coffee everyday. Make your coffee at home using Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffeemaker, Black, SK13. Spend $25 on a coffee maker and it will pay for itself in 5 days! I am a huge proponent of taking your lunch to work every single day. For inexpensive lunch ideas, click here. Instead of drinking a soda or fruit punch with your lunch, drink water. Water is healthier and it’s FREE! Taking your lunch and drinking water will easily save $10 per day! That’s $200 per month and $2,400 per year! Your emergency fund should cover at least 6 months of expenses just in case you lose your job or incur unexpected expenses.

Create an Additional Stream of Income

Generate extra monthly income. How? Take a look at your passions and skills.

  1. What are you really good at? What do you love doing? What would you do even if you didn’t get paid for doing it?
  2. Can you provide this product or service to others, and would they pay for it?

If you have elderly or very busy neighbors, they probably need help around the house. They may need help running errands. Think of ways you can make their lives easier, and how much you can charge for that service. You can build a customer base in your own neighborhood! Minimize advertising expenses by using word-of-mouth and old-fashioned flyers! What types of services can earn extra money?

  1. Cut grass
  2. Teach classes in your area of expertise
  3. Cook meals for an elderly neighbor or client
  4. Tutor children or young adults
  5. Run errands for an elderly neighbor or client
  6. Fix computers
  7. Provide transportation to an elderly neighbor or client
  8. Program electronics such as alarm systems, cable or satellite TV, thermostats
  9. Powerwash house siding, decks, and sidewalks for homeowners
  10. Gardening (pull weeds, fertilize grass and plants, prune shrubs)

Learn the U.S. Tax Code

Donald J. Trump is our president, and the Congress (House and Senate) remain controlled by Republicans, so you can believe they will change the U.S. Tax Code to help businesses, large and small! Once you decide what type of product or service you can provide, and get paid for, form a small business. Learn about Schedule C of the U.S. Tax Code. Read it and study it, over and over again. If there are terms you don’t understand, google the terms. Read books such as Start Your Own Business, Sixth Edition: The Only Startup Book You’ll Ever Need. To save money, go to the library and borrow the business books. Make sure the books are no more than 1 – 2 years old because the Affordable Care Act has had a universal impact on the U.S. Tax Code.

To summarize, extra monthly income will help you weather the storm, no matter what policy changes occur when a new president takes office. To learn more about career and business options for folks over 50, click here.

To network online, join The Fifty Plus Network:

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Follow us on Twitter
  3. Follow us on Google+
  4. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  5. Pin us on Pinterest
  6. Follow us on Instagram


Instagram

#Invest in Yourself to #Reinvent Yourself! #careeradvice #careers

Photo Courtesy: www.aplaceformom.com

Brynn has been in the information technology (IT) arena for many years. What she has learned is that the only constant in the IT arena is change! Technology is constantly changing and if you don’t continue to train and learn new concepts and technologies, you will fall behind. Typically, an employer will pay the costs for training, particularly when the technology is needed to do the job. However, during times of tight budgets, it may be necessary for an employee to pay the training costs out of pocket. Several times during her career, Brynn has paid for her own training. After completing the training and receiving the certificate, she lists the course on her resume. When employers and recruiters notice the training on her resume, she is able to leverage the training into a new job opportunity! Brynn invested in herself by paying for the training out of pocket, and reaped the benefits by obtaining a new job opportunity.

Sometimes it is necessary to get certified in a particular technology. Certification usually involves taking several courses, and passing a test to get certified. When Brynn began her career, it was enough to have a degree in a technology-related area. If you didn’t have a degree, hands-on training and a few technology courses usually met the requirements. Now, many employers require certification, in addition to degrees. Many years ago, Brynn worked with a gentleman who reinvented himself. His name was Mike. At that time, he was in his 40s. Mike was a Psychologist, but realized he could have a stable income and incredible opportunities by obtaining a certificate in Oracle database technology. He had to take several courses, and pass an exam at an official testing center to obtain his certificate. Most likely, it cost him $10k – $20k out of pocket. However, he was able to get an IT job making very good money! That was a huge career change (and risk) for him, but it paid off.

How do you know if you have the aptitude to retrain and learn new technologies? Think back to high school … Were you good in math? If you were, then you have the aptitude to learn new technologies! Do you have hands-on experience but have not received formal training? If the answer is yes, then you have a good chance at elevating your career! Before spending any money, check with the big technology companies like Microsoft and Oracle. They usually have free online webinars to introduce new technologies. Poke around on their websites and sign up for free emails/newsletters to notify you about training/product announcements. Brynn has even used her vacation time to attend free conferences! She sits in on seminars, networks, and collects free technical literature. Immerse yourself in whatever it is you are trying to learn! For more information on changing careers, click here.

Do you have any tips for reinventing yourself or changing careers? If so, share your tips by joining us at The Fifty Plus Network:

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Follow us on Twitter
  3. Follow us on Google+
  4. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  5. Pin us on Pinterest
  6. Follow us on Instagram


Instagram

Welcome to The Fifty Plus Network! #over50 #50plus #over50lifestyle #50pluslifestyle

The Big 3 for those of us over the age of 50 are: Health, Career/Business Options, Retirement. The Big 3 will be the focus of our website, thefiftyplusnetwork.com. The impetus for the website came from an article on career challenges for “over 50” employees. One of the interviewees said she wished there was a place to network about issues important to folks over the age of 50. Thus an idea was born! Our goal at thefiftyplusnetwork.com is to become an online meeting place to encourage and help one another, and to share ideas and tips. To join The Fifty Plus Network:

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Follow us on Twitter
  3. Follow us on Google+
  4. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  5. Pin us on Pinterest
  6. Follow us on Instagram


Instagram

Are You Fit, Fabulous & #Over50? #healthyliving #healthylifestyle

Photo Courtesy: www.galleryhip.com

Are you fit or trying to get fit? Are you fabulous in your own mind? Are you approaching, at, or over 50? If you answered YES to these questions, then you are perfect for The Fifty Plus Network! We are focused on our health, planning for or already enjoying retirement, and open to new career/business opportunities! We are looking forward to an exciting phase of our lives. Join us as we share fitness and health tips, improve our relationships, network with like-minded individuals, and enjoy a well-deserved retirement! K-Y Warming Jelly – 5 oz

Share your tips for being fit, fabulous and over 50! Share by joining The Fifty Plus Network:

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Follow us on Twitter
  3. Follow us on Google+
  4. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  5. Pin us on Pinterest
  6. Follow us on Instagram


Instagram

#Over50 & #Unemployed? #businesstips #business #careeradvice

Photo Courtesy: www.mytotalmoneymakeover.com

Baby boomers used classified ads, headhunters, and networking connections to gain employment leads, but the advent of the Internet makes social media an effective way to search for employment. Have you heard of LinkedIn? It’s similar to Facebook. You sign up, create a profile, and LinkedIn software searches your email directory for social connections. The LinkedIn software sends emails to all of your email contacts asking if your contacts would like to network with you using LinkedIn. Instead of using word processing software to create or update a resume, you build your resume in the LinkedIn profile. Employers looking for candidates search LinkedIn based on the keywords you enter about your experience. The following video is a quick tutorial on setting up a profile on LinkedIn.

Businesses can also use LinkedIn to gain exposure. Create a business profile and write articles on your business products or services.

To learn more about career and business options for folks over 50, click here.

To network online, join The Fifty Plus Network:

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Follow us on Twitter
  3. Follow us on Google+
  4. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  5. Pin us on Pinterest
  6. Follow us on Instagram


Instagram