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Best Jobs and Hobbies for Women Forty and Over

Updated on March 19, 2018
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World Wide Internet

The Internet has opened the door to millions of people who want to work online. Women who have turned forty see opportunities outside of traditional corporate jobs because of the demands of life. The challenges these women face include: raising children, caring for ill and aging parents, dealing with the illness of their spouse or their own illness. Retirement is another factor facing women in their forties, fifties and sixties.

Abundant Opportunities

There is no lack of opportunities in cyberspace. Do you have a laptop computer, Internet access and have some knowledge of technology? – Then you are a good candidate for an exciting online career.

Work Online at Home

Start A Business. You do not need a building, office space or any other type of rental/lease space to open up for business. You can conduct your business online, and I will tell you about it in a moment. You can use your expertise to teach others what you know at a fee. I heard a very famous reporter say that she is retiring and needs a break just to get away and think before she pursues anything else. She has been reporting news for thirty years, and says she now wants to do something that she really enjoys.

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Woman enjoying golfing | Source


Golfing, fishing, bowling, cards; scrap booking, needlepoint and Internet games are popular with women. While you are looking for a new job/career, you should consider taking up a sport or activity that you have always wanted to do or try. Getting involved in a hobby will help keep your stress level down and help you relax.

Retirees. Many women are retiring early these days because of buyouts, unforeseen circumstances and planned retirements. Adjusting to retirement is challenging, especially if you have no plan of your own. Retirement should be an exciting time in a woman’s life to discover new things and opportunities. The reality is, retired women are faced with everyday struggles like everyone else. One of the most important things a retired woman/mom can do is, care more for her self.

Virtual Training, Teaching and Consulting
Virtual Training, Teaching and Consulting | Source

Best Jobs For Women Over Forty Online

Consulting. Companies look for professionals with expertise in a particular area and hire them on a contractual basis over a period of time. Many small companies need IT Consultants.

Teach – Adjunct Faculty. Teach an online course at a community college. You will most likely need a Masters degree to become Adjunct Faculty. Also check into the Continued Education Courses in your community. Teachers are needed to instruct Continued Education classes.


Medical Billing. Small doctor offices that do not have a large staff need someone to do the billing. Medical Billing is a specialized skill. You can get training at a local trade school or community college. You will be able to contract your services to more than one office.

Travel Business. Everyone travels at one time or another. Whether for business or pleasure, everyone gets on a plane, train, bus, boat or in a car at some point in time. People are looking for inexpensive accommodations that they can enjoy. If you are good with planning travel for hotel, room and board, car rentals and airline flights, you may find this a rewarding experience.

Content Write, Write on the Web, Blog
Content Write, Write on the Web, Blog | Source

Selling Vintage items or Jewelry. You can sell your vintage or hand made jewelry on Etsy. Etsy is free to join and you will get your own url. Check it out.

Write Your Own Ebook. An Ebook is a business, so you will need to have a website to promote your book. Write something useful that people need to know and learn. Write an instructional manual or guide. Knowledge is highly sought after today. Research your topic before writing the ebook.

Write. Share your knowledge. Be a web content writer or blogger and earn money for getting page views to your articles. If you already have a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn page, you can link your articles to those social media sites.

The main point about working when you are past the age of forty is, to enjoy, have fun and share what you know to impact someone's life.


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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Came back to congratulate you for winning the GC Gold Award in the education category for this article.



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    Corwin Smith21 6 years ago

    Great information. Keep it up...

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    Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

    Excellent suggestions and very encouraging. I am at this age now and enjoy hubpages and am an adjunct instructor at two local colleges. After 50, you still have so much life to enjoy and add to others. Great hub!

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    Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

    Really good ideas! Thanks for these practical and relevant suggestions.

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    CookiesNoCrumbs 6 years ago from New Jersey

    Treasureofheaven you just gave me wings to soar like the big bald eagle. Again thanks for serving so tastefully and humble. You are Gods angel on earth.

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    Eiddwen, glad you stopped by. There is a lot of information here - hope people will take one and work the idea.

    Happy Holidays!

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    A very useful hub crammed with information.

    I now look forward to reading many more by you.

    Take care and enjoy your day.


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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    Brinafr3sh, I did try to include something for the young and "not so young." Thanks for reading.

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    Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

    I find this hub-article useful for many woman from teens to the elderly. Useful ideas, thanks.

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks Lady_E, glad to see you stop by and comment.


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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Excellent Tips here and very interesting Choices.

    Thanks :)

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    ahostagesituation, the great thing about you is, you will not have a problem transitioning into a great future as you age - you have a great career now - and an awesome outlook on life! You are definitely on the right track, so by the time you are much older you will already have your business idea up and running.

    Thanks for your comment - and do share this with your more mature friends!

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    SJ 6 years ago

    I think these suggestions are great. I'm not 40 and over yet, but that's pretty much where my mind is a lot of the time. I have some friends in this age group who are just starting new careers and new marriages at this point. It seems like anything you start after 40 is going to have a fresh look coupled with some actual experience and wisdom. Great hub!

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    Dolores, working solo takes a lot of work, tenacity, persistence, patience, see results we hope for. I think the most important thing about earning and income is to do what you really enjoy.

    There is fulfillment in money, but even more so in Effectiveness!

    Whatever you choose, stick with it to see results that you can be proud of.

    Thanks for your comment and concern.

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    Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Being way over 40, I am contemplating how to mix a hobby with a part time job. My problem is that I keep coming up with ideas that will earn very little - artist...Tarot reader...writing online.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks janie1. You posted that you have a job taking surveys and you don't have to leave home to do your job.

    I did not approve because there was a link to another site.

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    Elena@LessIsHealthy 7 years ago

    A great and useful list.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Hi Kristine Manley, you have an expertise, use it! I am so glad you came by! Research more on the Consulting idea, and let me know what you find?

    Thanks for your visit.

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    Donna Kristine 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    I love the consulting idea. I have a Food Safety background. Thanks for the great Hub.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Nika, you are welcome. I tried to be realistic - there is no such thing as "get rich quick." I hope people don't buy in to such scams either....

    Thanks for your thoughts today!

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    Nika 7 years ago

    Thanks for nice job...Great suggestions and very realistic for our life. Thanks for the ideas

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    JSParker, always glad to see another Michiganian! Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you find this Hub helpful.

    You get followers, I think, by 1) Writing good content; 2) Participating in the community and 3) Being consistent..for starters.

    Give yourself some time around these parts.

    Contractor Accountants, thanks for your sincere comment!

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    Contractor Accountants 7 years ago

    Nice this nice post it very useful for women

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    JSParker 7 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

    Hello, fellow Michiganian! Your headline grabbed my attention. And your ideas were inspiring. Also, your article gave me an idea to suggest medical billing to a CPA friend of mine who is looking for more clients. Not to mention encouraging me to write online. Thanks! Also, may I ask how some Hubbers get so many followers? (I'm a newbie.)

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    Khandieg 7 years ago

    These are great suggestions for women over forty struggling to earn an income.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Jcoff, you are welcome. I am glad to know this is uplifting. Thanks for dropping a line.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Susan Miles, the WWW is wide open opportunity. Appreciate your vote and commenting.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    jacobsterling, thanks for stopping by. Blogs are good for women because they have array of information.

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    Jcoff 7 years ago

    This is a nice reminder that women over 40 (and all ages) got lots of options to explore in terms of earning money. Thanks for this uplifting hub!

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    Susan Miles 7 years ago

    Great hub! I agree, the WWW is an open market with many opportunities. Voted up:)

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    jacobsterling 7 years ago from New York

    nice hub...thanks for sharing..! i guess Blogs are the best thing to do for wowen at the age of 40 and over..haha..

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Denise Handlon, thanks for the news. I did not know this is a featured hub. Appreciate the notification!!!

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    Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

    Yahoo for you-this is a featured hub-are you aware of that? Great job!

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Yes, izettl, women are very talented. I think we must trust ourselves more, and create a business around the talents we are good at. Too often we take on jobs that are not suited for us.

    Appreciate your thought provoking comment. Thanks!

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    Laura Izett 7 years ago from The Great Northwest

    I'm not 40 yet, but all of these suggestions are just as ueful. When I worked in the business industry, I was shocked how many women were so talented at their hobbies or something besides their actually job so that's proof many women are capable of doing the things you've suggested and being very profitable. Great uhb!

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    You bet Pamela Sarzana. Welcome to HubPages, I am glad you stopped by today. "Us girls," as you say need to stick together. Thanks!!!

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    Pamela Sarzana 7 years ago from northern Indiana

    Us girls could all use a little advice and encouragement these days. Good Hub!

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks Nastasia, glad you could stop by and bring an encouraging comment! I will indeed continue writing!!

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    Nastasia 7 years ago

    A great and inspirational hub! Keep writing!

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    tlynn6420 left a comment. Thanks for your comment: I would like to add that Avon is a great work from home business. Be your own boss and set your own hours!

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    allstayathome, nice to meet you. Glad to share for this age range, our lives continuously change.

    Hello, cangetthere, remember what Chatkath said, "it will take some work." I rooting for you to find a business that you can work from your home and take care of your mom too!

    Thanks to you both for stopping by - I like both your names!

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    Paula 7 years ago from New Zealand

    Great read gives me inspiration.Think I may do a jewelry course and give that a go.Recently gave up work to look after sick mother so I'm in a spot.Love not to have to go back out to work again.This is my chance to find a wayto stay at home.Thanks for the ideas.

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    Jeanne Barnard 7 years ago from Fristco, Texas

    Great hub. Good advice for this age range too.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Hi Denise, it is all easier said than done! Lots of good suggestions here. Perhaps you can do a different business this time - we change as we age - and get better!

    Happy Mother's Day!

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    Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

    I like your suggestions here. Oh, I would love to go into business for myseld again! It would make my day, LOL

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    C-Bless, have a wonderful day. I am glad to share informative into. Thanks!

    Niki Hampton, you have the right idea and plan. Thanks so much for sharing your work/lifestyle experience. Do you have a Hub on the subject?

    Happyboomernurse, happy to see you here. Have a wonderful Weekend!

    Marcella Glenn, appreciate your comment.

    Hi Ms. Dee, let's put those ideas to work for us. And we should be reminded to focus on something (not everything). Thanks!

    Chatkath, you make a lot of sense. Takes time to do a job right and be effective. Thanks for coming by!

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    Kathy 7 years ago from California

    Great Hub TOH - those are all great suggestions and very realistic although you really have to be prepared to put some time in - but the rewards are worth it if you are dedicated to succeeding! Finally you can be the boss and share all that over 40 knowledge and experience - for a fee of course :) Good Job!

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    Deidre Shelden 7 years ago from Texas, USA

    This can certainly get the idea juices flowing. Useful hub!

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    Marcella Glenn 7 years ago from PA

    Great ideas for not only people over 40 but anyone who can use extra income.

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    Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

    Thanks for sharing these suggestions.

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    Niki Hampton 7 years ago from Oregon

    Great hub! I am not over 40, but I am glad I work at home. I have set the stage for a schedule I can work with and business I can grow as my children do. I have the ability to outsource to employees when I want to work less. I love this option as my life changes throughout my life.

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    C-Bless 7 years ago

    Another informative and "wonderful" hub. Thank you for sharing. / Blessings


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