Women Over 50: Your Professional Checklist
Quick tips on keeping your finances and career in optimal shape.
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___Be disciplined. Stick with your retirement plan. Take advantage of
catch-up provisions in IRAs and 401(k)s that allow you to put away more
tax-deferred income if you're 50 or older.
___Develop good habits. Women over 50 should set up a household
budget. It's a good habit to live below your means. Don't build up debt.
___Protect your credit. Good credit allows you buy a home
affordably, and protects you from costly loans with outrageously high fees.
Because errors on your credit report can creep in (errors that could make you
look like a bad credit risk) check your credit report at least once a year --
for free -- at annualcreditreport.com.
___Keep it simple. Make sure to automate as much as possible. If you
have an employer retirement plan, set up regular deductions. If you don't, open
an individual IRA and automate regular withdrawals from a checking or savings
account. Self-employed? You can open a SEP IRA and a self-employed 401(k) to
achieve the same ends. Taking care of your retirement picture -- while you're
still working -- is one of the most important things you can do to for your
___Talk about it. When you're ready for a new career -- or planning a
big change of any kind -- talk about it with friends, family, even
acquaintances. Such networking may not only result in leads, but even more
great new ideas.
___Read inspiring books. Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly
Effective People, Jack Canfield's The Success Principles, and Marcus
Buckingham's Now, Discover Your Strengths are good reading material as
you start your search.
___Take self-improvement classes. Use a week's vacation on an
inspiring workshop, one that will help you find your new path. Even if you
can't quit your job right now, taking steps toward your dreams will bring
___Find a life coach. This is not a therapist or a psychologist. It's
someone who will listen to your dreams, help you talk through the
possibilities, and guide you on your path. While one-on-one counseling can be
expensive, life coaches often hold weekly group sessions that are affordable.
Barnett meets weekly via telephone with several women -- living in California,
Oregon, and Florida -- in a group session.