Work for Yourself@50+

Work for Yourself@50+

More than 37 million people over the age of 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 to explore self-employment options to 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 26,000 older adults on their self-employment journey.

Let’s Get Started Success Stories

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Download the Work for Yourself@50+ Toolkit

Five Simple Steps to Get You Started

Download the Work for Yourself@50+ Toolkit to get started on your self-employment journey. This free resource maps out everything you need to know to take the first steps to start your own business.


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Explore Freelancing

The Work for Yourself@50+ Freelancing Resource Center provides support to both first-time freelancers and experienced independent workers. The platform includes lessons and resources, including the Work Finder tool to help you find and secure work.

Start Freelancing

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Cultivating Entrepreneurship

Learn more about how older adults are making an impact in your community

Check out AARP Foundation’s latest report, Cultivating Entrepreneurship, to read stories of entrepreneurs who came to Work for Yourself@50+ to grow their existing businesses and individuals who were forced to explore entrepreneurship out of financial necessity.

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Community Partners

Join us as we create access and economic opportunity for older adults

Whether you’re a small business development center, foundation or microlender, AARP Foundation is always looking for partners to support aspiring older entrepreneurs.

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