Lifestyle-Friendly Careers and Working From Home Expert: Nancy Collamer


Nancy Collamer is a speaker, coach and the author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. She writes a monthly blog about work and purpose for the PBS site and for

Forbes twice named her website,, as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” You can download her free workbook called 25 Ways to Help You Identify Your Ideal Second Act on her website (and you’ll also receive her free bi-monthly newsletter).

Nancy 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; Marketwatch; and Fortune.

Please connect with Nancy on Twitter @NancyCollamer and on her website at

Articles by Nancy Collamer

New Articles

  • 10 Keys to a Rewarding Second Act Career
    You have retired, and you’re supposed to be relaxing and enjoying life — your “golden years.” But, perhaps the time has arrived for your Second Act Career — what you might like to do when you have retired but still want, or need, to work. What are some of the key things you should think about when creating your Second Act Career?

Guide to Lifestyle-Friendly Careers:

  • Lifestyle-Friendly Careers Home
    As the name implies, a lifestyle career is first and foremost, about generating income in a meaningful way that is compatible with your personal lifestyle goals. Prime candidates for a lifestyle-friendly career include parents who want to work from home while raising children, baby boomers who still need to work but want to run their own show and professionals of all ages determined to escape the restraints of the conventional workplace in exchange for greater control over their personal life and career trajectory.

Changing to a Lifestyle-Friendly Career

  • 3 Keys to Successful Career Reinvention
    One of the things I enjoyed most about writing my book, Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement, was the opportunity it provided me to interview dozens of people who have recreated their careers in all sorts of lifestyle-friendly ways. Let me share three of those reinvention lessons here.
  • The Secret Ingredient to Finding Work You Love
    The other day I had a conversation with a prospective client who was mulling over his career options after having been laid-off from his job as a marketing executive. When I asked him what type of work he might like to pursue next, his response was, “You know, I’m really not sure.”
  • 5 Questions to Uncover Your Passion
    When I help people figure out how to turn their passions into profits without a 9-5 job, one of the first questions I’ll ask them is, “What are you passionate about?” It seems like it should be an easy enough question to answer, but a surprising number of people struggle to respond.
  • Finding a Lifestyle-Friendly Employer
    Are you searching for a more lifestyle-friendly employer? If so, you likely have discovered that finding an employer that values work-life balance is no simple task.
  • Joys of a Career “With Benefits”
    My friend Ellen always posts the best photos on Facebook: her profile is filled with shots of Hawaii, Florida, Yosemite, and other scenic spots she visits in her role as a freelance travel writer. As I jokingly – and enviously – tell her, “Not bad work if you can get it!”
  • Uncover Your Future: Party as You Will Be!
    As a career coach, I am always interested in finding better ways to help clients discover their purpose in life. So I was understandably intrigued when I recently received an invitation to a “Come As You’ll Be party:” a night designed to help clarify your vision of the future.
  • 10 Keys to a Rewarding Second Act Career
    What are some of the key things you should think about when creating a second-act career? Here are ten key behaviors to consider that I discovered while writing my book, Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement.

Home-Based Businesses:

  • Finding a Profitable Market for Your Business
    Are you interested in starting your own business? If so, it’s important to not just think about what type of business might be best, but also about who will be purchasing your services or products. Without a profitable market identified, your business does not have a good chance of succeeding.
  • Work-From-Home Option: Social Media Consultant
    Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and Pinterest. Love them or hate them, social media sites have become an increasingly important part of the business landscape. And as they have grown in popularity, so too have the opportunities for people who want to earn their living as social media consultants.
  • Career to Work-From-Home Business: 3 Options
    If you’re looking for a home-based business idea, but don’t have a clue what type of business might be a good fit, take a look at your resume for inspiration. You’ll be surprised to discover that the skills and accomplishments associated with your former jobs could provide a strong foundation for a winning home-based business.
  • How to Start Your Service Business
    If you’re looking to transition out of a corporate career into more lifestyle-friendly work, consider repackaging your skills and expertise into a business that helps other people manage their busy lives.
  • Work-From-Home Option: Caretaking
    Looking for a way to earn an income from home? If so, you’re in luck! This article focuses on the business of helping people take care of others.
  • Work-From-Home Option: Making-Life-Easier
    Looking for a way to earn an income from home? If so, you’re in luck! This article’s focus is on businesses based on helping others. I call these businesses the “let-me-make-your-life-easier” category.
  • Work-From-Home Option: Child-Centric Businesses
    Looking for a way to earn an income from home? If so, you’re in luck! This article is focused on child-centric business options.

Home-Based Jobs:

  • How to Find a Work-From-Home Job
    As Job-Hunt’s lifestyle-friendly careers expert, I am asked a wide variety of job related questions, but none is more popular than, “How do I find an employer to hire me to work from home?” While there is no easy answer to that question, let me share with you five key points to keep in mind when embarking on the home-based job hunt.
  • Work-From-Home Option: Sales Jobs
    5 Benefits of Sales Jobs. This article’s focus in our continuing series about work-from-home career options is on sales jobs.
  • How to Make Money from Your Blog: 3 Direct Online Revenue Sources
    Wouldn’t it be great to make your living as a blogger? In terms of a lifestyle-friendly career, blogging is about as good as it gets; you can write about the topics of your choosing while working from any place you desire.
  • How to Make Money from Your Blog: 6 Indirect Online Revenue Sources
    Once you have gained a reputation as the “go-to” expert in your field, you can then monetize your “guru” status through several different channels. This month I want to focus on indirect ways you can generate income as a result of the credibility you establish through your blog.

Career Change Options:

  • How to Do Freelancing as a Career
    Tired of being under-appreciated, under-valued, and under-utilized at your current job? If so, it might be time for you to take the plunge and escape the cubicle life by marketing your skills as an independent contractor.
  • 4 Healthcare Career Alternatives
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know that careers in healthcare are booming. With 78+ million Baby Boomers rapidly approaching the “golden years,” the demand for healthcare professionals will continue to be exceptionally strong for years to come.
  • 5 Flexible Healthcare Careers not Requiring 4-Year Degree
    Sick and Tired of 9-5? Looking for a job that has flexible working hours and excellent growth potential? Even in a shaky economy, the demand for qualified healthcare professionals is growing. And thanks to an aging population, the hiring outlook for the foreseeable future is remarkably strong.
  • How to Volunteer to a Lifestyle-Friendly Career in Non-Profits
    What better way to spend your time than getting paid for work you would do for free? For many people in search of a more meaningful and lifestyle friendly career, that means trading in the corporate life in favor of employment with a foundation, charity or other non-profit organization.

Turning a Hobby into Income:

  • How to Turn Your Hobby into Income
    How cool would it be to earn a living from your hobby? f you’ve been itching for a refreshing career shift, here are four different resources to help you explore business models and resources that can inspire you to create a living from your favorite leisure activities.
  • How to Turn Your Love of Travel into Income
    Wouldn’t it be great to find a way to merge your love of travel with your job? Fortunately, thanks to the Internet and the global economy, there are now more options than ever for earning an income while living or traveling overseas. Here is a sampling of possibilities.
  • How to Turn Your Love of Pets into Income
    Love your dog like a child? You’re not alone! If you’re a die-hard pet lover, consider taking advantage of our pet-crazed country to launch a fun new business. Here are some lifestyle-friendly choices that might just might make you sit up and “bark” with delight.

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