Work for Yourself at 50+


Work for Yourself at 50+

More than 20 million people over 50 are at risk of not having enough income to meet their basic needs. AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ makes it easy for older adults with limited income to explore options for self-employment and increase their financial stability.


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Aspiring Entrepreneurs

We’re here to help you be successful.

From artists and shop owners to side hustlers and freelancers, we have supported more than 8,000 older adults on their self-employment journey.

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Program Partners

We’re creating access and opportunity for low-income older adults.

Whether you’re a Small Business Development Center, foundation or microlender, AARP Foundation is always looking for new partners that share our commitment to helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity.

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Download Our Toolkit

Five Simple Steps to Get You Started

The Work for Yourself@50+ Five Simple Steps to Get You Started toolkit will help you understand what self-employment looks like in today’s economy. It explains key terms, defines some of the many options available to those over 50, and includes worksheets and lists of additional resources. Let’s get started!

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Find a Workshop

Locate a Work for Yourself@50+

Program Partner in Your Community


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