4 Essential Tax Tips for Second-Act Entrepreneurs

In 2017, thousands of boomer employees will transition to self-employed work, finally pursuing their creative, backburner passions full-time. Trouble is, they’re often not versed in how to handle their finances as entrepreneurs. Many don’t know about the tax deductions and credits they’re now entitled to claim as self-employed people — ones they couldn’t take as…

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Originally posted 2017-05-23 08:12:22.

Why the IBM Policy Against Working From Home Is a Mistake

(This article previously appeared on LinkedIn.com.) It’s hard to believe more than four years have passed since the Marissa Mayer working-from-home debacle, when the Yahoo CEO told her 14,500 remote employees they needed to work in the company’s offices or they could be fired. Video conferencing and unified communication vendors were some of the first…

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Originally posted 2017-05-23 08:12:13.

The Future of Work for People 50+ Will Surprise You

“Genius clubs” to channel older workers’ talents. Mandatory retirement — at 80. A “dynamic” work/life path, instead of today’s linear path. The end of the expectation of rising pay as you age. Volunteering: the new status symbol. Unions for older workers. These are some of the fascinating forecasts I’ve just heard regarding the future of…

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Originally posted 2017-05-22 09:02:55.

The 3 Big Labor Market Trends for Job Hunters

I just attended the annual Indeed.com conference in Austin, Texas — The Human Side of Hiring — to learn the latest labor market data and trends from the world’s leading job-search engine. My key takeaway for job hunters? It’s a prime time to be looking for work, and the electronic tools to find jobs are…

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Originally posted 2017-05-19 08:27:07.

Why Workplace Financial Wellness Programs Are Hot

Most Americans are seriously anxious about their finances. It’s not simply the raw fear of outliving their money, but a more urgent yearning to sleep at night without money stresses and to have a sense of financial security. Employers, I’m pleased to say, are increasingly taking note. The recently-released eighth annual Employer-Sponsored Health and Well-Being…

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Originally posted 2017-05-18 08:21:02.

If I Could Change My Career at 60, So Can You

When I entered my 50s, my career took an unexpected and brutal nosedive. For 20 years, I’d worked successfully in the film industry and I thought I’d landed a safe spot as senior executive on a project with Discovery Channel and The American Film Institute. But after losing the position when it was relocated across…

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Originally posted 2017-05-18 08:20:53.

Why I Upended My Business to Focus on Boomers

Over the last decade or so, I’ve founded and grown companies in fields spanning everything from publishing to car sharing. Often, the businesses aimed to solve problems similar to ones I had personally encountered. As a result, they typically targeted consumers of a similar, younger demographic. But at my current company, EVELO Electric Bicycles, I…

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Originally posted 2017-05-17 08:15:52.

4 Big Risks of Taking Out a Long-Term Car Loan

Auto loans have been getting bigger, longer and riskier. If you’re thinking about taking out a car loan of five years or longer, you may want to think again. According to data from Experian, average car loan amounts are at a record high. For new cars, the typical loan is now above $30,000 and the…

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Originally posted 2017-05-16 08:10:32.

Parents: Help Your Teens Learn How to Invest

(This article  on teens and investing is adapted from Teenvestor: The Practical Investment Guide for Teens and Their Parents.) Parents go to great lengths to make sure their children receive the best education that money can buy. Unfortunately, they neglect one of the most inexpensive and valuable skills their children can acquire — how to…

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Originally posted 2017-05-16 08:10:25.

Why Robots Won’t Be Coming for All Our Jobs

I’ve had robots on my mind recently, and not in a “Wow, robots will make my life so much easier!” kind of way. More like, “Aaagh! Robots are coming to take the jobs of people in their 50s and 60s!” The alarm bells rang furiously at a Milken Institute Global Conference panel I recently saw…

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Originally posted 2017-05-15 09:24:42.