Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement (Paperback)

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A career guide that rethinks the golden years, this handbook offers 50+ income models for creating flexible, fulfilling, and profitable work during the encore stage of one's career.


For many people, retirement is no longer a trifecta of golf, grandkids, and gardening--it's an opportunity for new pursuits that involve both earning income and exploring personal passions. If you're planning for retirement or already at "retirement age" but want to continue working--whether to supplement your income or to stay mentally and physically active--veteran career coach Nancy Collamer shows how to identify your favorite interests and expertise and repackage them into more than fifty ways to earn income. These second acts range from the traditional (part-time employment, consulting) to newer Internet-based options (teaching online, writing a blog). With a prescriptive approach to securing second-act careers that are flexible, fulfilling, and fun, this book offers a wide variety of income-generating examples as well as exercises to clarify your lifestyle goals and help you plan for your next move. Second-Act Careers shows how to create a profitable and meaningful semi-retirement on your own terms and in your own way.

About the Author

NANCY COLLAMER, MS, is a career coach, author, and speaker who is an expert at helping people create lifestyle-friendly careers. In private practice since 1996, Nancy gained national prominence as the Career Transitions columnist for Oxygen Media and as the founder of the popular websites and She holds a MS in career development from the College of New Rochelle and a BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her advice has been featured in numerous media outlets, including NBC Nightly News; the New York Times; CNN; the Wall Street Journal; Redbook; Ladies' Home Journal; More O, The Oprah Magazine; and Fortune. She has written columns about lifestyle friendly careers for a number of major websites, including,,, and Nancy enjoys sharing her expertise with live audiences, both large and small, and has spoken at venues ranging from Harvard Business School to the California Governor and First Lady's Conference on Women. When not at work, Nancy loves spending time at her home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, with her husband, Joel, their two daughters, Danielle and Juliana, and her one-eyed cat, Annabelle. She is a rabid UNC Tar Heel basketball fan and a proud card-carrying member of AARP.

Praise For…

“One of the hardest parts of a career change or job hunt is figuring out what all your  options are and then intelligently evaluating them. In this invaluable guide, career coach Nancy Collamer shows that transforming your passions into profits after leaving your full-time job can be easier (and more fun) than you think! Filled with inspirational stories,pragmatic advice, and tested resources, this book is the ultimate here-is-how-you-do-it guide to earning an income on a flexible basis during your semi-retirement years.”
—Susan Joyce, publisher and editor,

“With ‘retirement’ being threatened, Second-Act Careers will become the recognized  lifeline for those seeking income, newly defined meaning, and purpose in their lives.”
—Dan Miller, author and life coach,

Second-Act Careers is an invaluable resource for anyone considering ways to earn income during retirement. Well-respected career coach Nancy Collamer provides terrific, practical information about a wide variety of full-time and part-time jobs as well as thoughtful exercises to help you figure out what you’d like to do next and where. 
Whether you’re interested in freelancing, temping, launching a business, getting into  direct sales, becoming a franchisee, or starting an encore career, this book will provide a handy roadmap to reach your second act’s destination.”
—Richard Eisenberg, editor, Work & Purpose Channel,

Product Details
ISBN: 9781607743828
ISBN-10: 1607743825
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: January 8th, 2013
Pages: 263
Language: English