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All In the Family Business

Posted on 12/1/2012 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

WorkI probably couldn’t work with my mother. Don’t get me wrong, she’s one of the loves of my life. But at this point in her journey, she’s ready to do less. I’m the opposite, so I’d annoy her…lovingly so. It’s a different story for Ernestine and Chrystal Dailey, the mother-daughter team who started WeLoveWreaths.com in 2009 via handmade marketplace Etsy.com. I couldn’t wait to check out their hand-crafted all-occasion wreaths, since I’ve been dusting off the same tired one every December for …

Starting a Business? Find Your Niche

Posted on 10/30/2012 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

WorkI marvel at entrepreneurs who can take an idea and sell it, no matter what it is.  Sometimes it’s the marketing machine that does the trick.  Or the entrepreneur’s sheer passion. But other times it’s the discovery that there’s a niche community of fans out there salivating for their “thing.” John Findra’s thing is the fantastically beat-up classic car as art – distressed, rusted, gutted and all.  The more weathered, the cooler.  His firm Classic Wrecks turns out pint-sized replicas …

20+ Years of Work Experience? Explore Work Reimagined

Posted on 08/1/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkWho else remembers looking forward to Sunday mornings when a certain section of the newspaper would arrive, thick with possibilities? After being in the work force full-time for a few years, I had my sights set on a bigger city and a job at a larger company with better benefits. There was just one place to look: in the paper’s ‘Help Wanted’ section. Times sure have changed. Decades later, every day is Sunday for job seekers. And in the wake …

The Secret of Successful Career Reinventions

Posted on 07/5/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThis is a guest post from Nancy Collamer, M.S., a career coach, speaker and author. What is the single most important factor for career reinvention success? If you guessed talent, a large professional network or an exceptional resume, you’d only be partially right. All of those are clearly important. But nearly two decades experience as a career coach has taught me that the single most important element behind reinvention success is a positive attitude. Before you dismiss that as a cliché, …