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The world of work has changed over our lifetime. We have two factors impacting this significantly for the older generation. Living longer, and technology are changing the way we need to plan. It is important to understand these changes to be successful. If we have not saved enough, we can plan to work longer and draw down on investments later.

Freelancing can be challenging even for a well-prepared expert with a lot of experience. Rely on what you already know and seek out the information you need. Gain experience every time you can.

Find out what your “retirement age” is, if you are still involved in the corporate sector, and if there is any chance that you may need to leave before this date?  You may already be outside of the corporate world either as an entrepreneur or a job-seeker.

  1. The corporate world is fast-paced and in many cases, companies are not looking to employ anyone over 50 unless you have a scarce skill. Stop sending your CV out.
  2. Do you know how much money you have invested for retirement and what your outstanding debts are? A key factor in ensuring that you understand this, to enable you to make an informed decision about your future. Sit with a financial planner to ensure that you know how much you have and how long it will last.
  3. Take some time to think about your work-life journey and where your success points were. What skills have you developed and what are you passionate about?
  4. Read as much as you can about the changing world of work and where the possible opportunities may be. In many cases, there have been major shifts.
  5. Make sure that you take the time to learn, grow your technology skills and start to engage with social media and tools like Flexy where one can work remotely from anywhere on the planet. 
  6. Build a profile on LinkedIn and other social media platforms and learn to network both online and offline. Many of the possible connections and solutions may come via someone you know.
  7. Make a list of possible opportunities and do some dipstick market research with friends and family to understand if there is a possible opportunity in the marketplace.
  8. If you are starting a business, register through all the legal and tax structures needed as well as buying a website domain.
  9. Volunteer in your area of passion and skill; this way, you may attract some paid opportunities, once potential clients see your value and get to know you.
  10. This process takes time, passion and energy. We are often blind to the possibilities. Work with a career coach to help manage the process.

Lynda Smith is a career coach and can help guide you on this journey into #flexyworking. Find her on the Flexy Platform and reach out to book her time.

Lynda Smith
‘Career Coach’

This article and all the wisdom in it was contributed to the Flexy community by Lynda Smith. Delivered with Joy and received with Gratitude. Want to share your story? Send us your experience with the subject “I want to share my story”.

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