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I am 54 and have been unemployed for over two years. I have some money in the bank, enough to last for a year or so. I have tried every possible means to get a job (office work is my field of experience) and had many interviews, redone my resume etc etc etc until I am about crazy. I realize I may be one of those who does not re enter the work force. I am , by the grace of God, debt free. I have no medical insurance. I am looking for "alternative" ways to make money......by that I mean selling something at a local monthly flea market or online...not the usual 9 to 50 job. I have cut out just about everything I can except for my net service, which will go at the end of month! So...any thoughts or ideas? Moving is not one of them, my first (and probably only) grandchild will be born in the fall...:eek:)...I plan to be in his life. Thanks !!
 

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My suggestion is to stop limiting yourself to office jobs. If you are at a desperate point, it is time to start looking at alternatives. How about retail work, which may include gas stations, grocery stores, home improvement stores etc.
What else do you like to do? Gardening? Try a nursery.

Have you posted your resume at the online job sites?
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What about re-training? Does your state have educational benefits programs?

Good luck!
 

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I recommend babysitting. You set your own hours and sit for the child(ren) in their home. No fuss, no muss.
 

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I also recommend at looking for other job ideas. Babysitting, light housekeeping, running errands for people who are house bound.
 

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I've advertised for babysitting jobs. No takers. Dozens and dozens of others are doing the same.....I know there are no easy answers. I've put ads for elder sitting, etc.
 

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I also agree with looking for other type of jobs. It doesn't have to be full time at first if you are unsure if you would like the job, try it, if you are not crazy about that particular job keep it anyhow while you are looking for something else then give a couple of weeks notice so that you have a great reference :). I am 47 and work at an Esso garage part-time, heck, I didn't even know what a gas dip was until I started working there lol. I will have been there for a year this August. Not my dream job but I make the best of it and actually enjoy it :)
 

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You mentioned flea markets, etc. Do you have a marketable skill like sewing or baking/cooking? Can you start a business baking/cooking for busy dual income professionals? Can you produce a product of good enough quality that people would want it?

Usually selling flea markets, etc. is not a good option in your situation. They say it takes 3 years to earn enough money to live on. One lady I talked to said it took 7 before her store took off.

So if you only have one year's savings left, I'd be looking for a job and doing the flea market thing on the weekends/time off.

I know how hard it is to find a job when you're over 50. I tried. My DH, thankfully, was supportive of my alternative...rug hooking for craft sales. But I have his more or less steady income to lean back on. I can afford to wait the 3-7 years for it to turn a profit.

Have you thought about flyer delivery? Or newspaper delivery? How about volunteering someplace for something you believe strongly in, just to keep your skill set up and learn new skills. Maybe contacts can find you a job?

If there are health reasons why you can't work, then all this is problematic of course. Keep up your access to the Net through the public library nearest you. :hugz: Hope you find something soon!
 

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I don't know why everyone always suggests child care??? It's not that easy to simply take children into your home at that age (I'm 53) and I'm not terribly good with other people's children, and it would NOT be a good option for me....I haven't worked for about 15 years, but I'd look at retail or cleaning services or perhops inclusion care.
 

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My dad makes a partial income selling antiques at flea markets, but I wouldn't recommend it for someone with no experience. There's a steep learning curve associated with it (learn values and what your market will bear/buy) and the upfront investment of your time and money establishing an inventory probably won't yield the results you need quickly enough. I think it's something that you have to either come into via a hobby or be brought into through family.

Ok, so this is a little odd, but associated with the flea market line of logic, the place where I've seen a real need in the market in my area is for people who will liquidate low-value estates. There are plenty of estate dealers who will go into profitable estates to sell items, but I don't see a lot of people willing to clear out and liquidate an estate to help out a family (to be compensated by the family). Like go through a house, clean it out, get it ready to be put on the market perhaps. I know many people who have inherited estates from distant family members and they don't have the time or will to go through the house and clean it out. I've helped clean out those houses several times. I actually think that this will be a bigger and bigger issue with my generation, who have often moved to the city and left a lot of small-town real estate and relatives behind (at least in the midwest). Just a thought. I would choose to do this as a career if I hadn't already invested so much time and energy into the career I have.
 

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You say you have about a year's savings. Have you thought about retraining? Like something other than what you normally do. Plumber's helper, Bus Driver, etc. Some of those people make good money. Taking care of other people's kids is just a little too complicated and carries a lot of liability. I wouldn't recommend it, unless it is something you really love. Cashiers and Pharm techs make enough money to pay their bills, usually. Where ever you go, ask if they are hiring. You could even have an AD degree in nursing in a couple of years. There is always a shortage of Nurses. If you don't want to put in the two years, CNAs and LPNs don't take as long as an RN degree. I have seen people at your age go into this field. Mental Health workers and Nurses' Aides don't require college credit. Good Luck, something will turn up.
 

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Like someone else mentioned........I would check with my local employment office and see what sort of programs they are currently offering for a new skill set.

Our state is offering things and many are for the over 50 age group because, as we know, discrimination is alive and well.

In the cleaning line, how about cleaning homes? Don't think, from talking to my neighbor that does it, that I would want to do commercial cleaning........she puts in many 13 hour days........and if you want the clientele you don't pick and chose. But with cleaning homes, you are more of your own boss and word of mouth helps.......have had a couple friends that did this.....worked out great for them. One now has a crew of five working for her.
 

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I appreciate all the ideas. Like stinkbug, I have some health issues (no heavy lifting and standing all day is not a good thing for me either). Of course that limits me. I have really good office skills and have worked with a lot of non profit groups which often catches the eye of potential employers. They just never hire me. My area has seen the close of several major employers over the last few years. I have applied for virtually every type of job. People simply are not hiring my age group.
 

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Have you tried temporary agencies? Jobs are often found by word of mouth. Tell EVERYONE you know you are looking for work, what kind of work (don't be TOO specific). I got my part-time job at an independent motorcycle shop because I had told everyone I was looking for a part-time retail type job. FYI - I am 57.

I am having luck finding petsitting jobs. I am working on a business card, with a catchy name as a personal concierge - petsitting, housesitting, running errands, etc.

I also answer surveys online. I don't make tons of money, but every little bit helps.

Good Luck!
 

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I heard a man, who called in to Dave Ramsey, say that he gets FREE furniture from Craigs List. Then he fixes the furniture and then will SELL it on Craigs List. I think that he stated that last year he made about 23 to 24 thousand dollars doing this. My husband heard it also and said that was something HE could do. I said to him, "Well get on it!" :cheergrl:

Pretty good for not having to buy your product.
 

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I do that for charity and the house all the time...take beat up old furniture and refinish it. Can be a problem lifting it though with my back. Need help with that.
 

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Hi Katie,

Never give up hope. I am 53, was unemployed for 5 years, and just got a job last month. I had applied to hundreds of jobs during those years with very few interviews. I now work for a staffing company.

MaryB26
 

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Thanks for everyones ideas. All I can do at this point is try to conserve what money i do have, and keep looking. I do try to weed out the waste of time applications or those that take long periods of time (i have applied for many jobs that required a 2 hr online testing period....before any promise of a job). I have done that so many times with no results. The lifting issue is a huge problem, as many jobs, even bookstore clerk! require lifting (I had an interview for bookstore clerk last week......I didnt tell them I couldnt lift but didnt get the job at any rate). Thanks again.
 

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No advice just wishing you all the best! Hang in there!
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