The talented country singer -- and most recent Celebrity Apprentice winner -- Trace Adkins recorded a song called, "Hell, I Can Do That!" about three years ago. I've interviewed Trace twice, and after listening to his song before one of my sit-downs with him, I realized he was on to something.
There are many, many things I can't do. Like change the oil in my car; operate a bulldozer; brain surgery; make Kanye West smile. But, there are tons of things this baby boomer could do given the appropriate opportunity. I see a lot of people doing what seems to be no-brainer tasks... and they make lots of money. It drives me crazy that people become rich doing things that are so simple -- that I could do. Here are 10 things on my list. (What's on your list?)
1. Disney voice. I can talk. I could voice a character on one of those Disney Pixar films. They hired comedienne Ellen DeGeneres to voice that cute adorable regal tang, Dory, in Finding Nemo. If she hadn't voiced that adorable fish, I could have done that. The movie would have been as popular with my voice coming out of Dory's fish lips. Too late. Cartoon Network, call me.
2. Dancing With the Stars. I'm not the greatest dancer, but I can waltz like the popular rapper, Master P, and country singer, Billy Ray Cyrus. (I love them both!) If, of course, Dancing With the Stars ever does an alternative version: "Dancing With Journalists and Paparazzi Who Cover the Stars." You want clumsy? I can do that!
3. American Idol judge, The Voice judge, X Factor judge. I listen to music. What's the big deal? It's a crap shoot anyway. I can sit there at a table and tell those sweet, idealistic contestants whether they can carry a tune or not. How hard is that? Yes, I can really do that.
4. Reality star. Why can't I be the sidekick to Kris Kardashian-Jenner; those Duck Dynasty families; Mama June; Housewives of Anywhere? I show up, say a few scripted words and be on my way. "Mama June, pass the chips." "Kris, Kanye's acting up again." "I see duck poop." "Shut up! No, YOU shut up! Get out of my face! You just Shut UP!!"
5. Vanna White's job on Wheel of Fortune. I can walk. I can smile. I can make those letters light up. I can giggle. I can definitely do that.
6. The View co-host. I have incredible sincere opinions about everything. I have red hair. I like everyone in the whole wide world. I can sit and listen until it's my turn to talk. Heck, I can do that for the next 16 years.
7. Introduce Brian Williams on the NBC Nightly News. Michael Douglas has other gigs. He doesn't need the work. Here you go, Brian: "From NBC News world headquarters in New York, this is NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams." I'm visualizing. Picture it. I could do that if you'd let me. Nobody has to know my name.
8. 2014 Oscar Host. I've watched movies all my life. What other credentials do I need? It just takes one good dose of guts (and maybe some muscle relaxers). When has an audience member (the people who buy tickets to see movies) ever hosted the Oscars? My faves don't appear to be coming back: Billy Crystal, Billy Crystal, Billy Crystal. About time? Unless Billy Crystal is coming back... I could do that.
9. Write a cook book. Don't get me started on how many thousands of cook books are out there. Mine will be called (and I'm working on it), "The Fish Stick Cook Book"... for kids and adults of all ages who truly have no time to cook and/or Hate to cook. You heard it here. I can do that. I will do that.
10. Nicki Minaj stylist. I lived through the '60s and '70s when fashion was beginning to make "far out" statements. I can do that with my eyes closed.
Several larger corporations such as Starbucks, Target and Land's End are able to offer even their part-time employees benefits such as health coverage and paid vacation time (head over to ABC for a full list).
For those with an entrepreneurial spirit and computer know-how, the Internet offers opportunities to bring in some cash from home -- at any hour of the day or night. Take Jose and Jill Ferrer, a retired couple profiled by AARP for supplementing a freewheeling retirement with their website, Your RV Lifestyle. By highlighting certain products related to RV living, the pair earns $700 a month, AARP reports. "And we know the potential is there to grow our website business further," Jill Ferrer says. Other ideas: Etsy.com allows the crafty to turn a profit from their hobbies.
Personal care and home health aid topped the Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of the fastest growing occupations in America. The time commitment may vary (between 10 and 30 hours per week, according to SmartMoney), but the median annual wage is around $20,000 for both occupations, according to the BLS.
Bartending is not just for twentysomethings -- and for social butterflies, this part-time gig offers opportunity to rake in extra cash, not to mention tips, with a minimal initial financial investment (a 40-hour certification course at the New York City Bartending School costs a little less than $600, for example).
Age discrimination is less of a problem in government agencies, reports The Fiscal Times. In fact, agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Transportation Security Administration actively seek older workers. Visit USAJobs.gov to search for available positions.
If you've got an artistic flair or an interest in theater, makeup artists can make up to $40 an hour, and only work 20 hours a week on average, AOL Jobs reports. Disclaimer: qualifications may include formal training in cosmetology or theater, and a license is required to practice in several states.
What better way to scratch that globetrotting itch? If you're up for an on-the-go lifestyle, flight attendants also earn up to $40 an hour, making it a very well-paid part-time job.
The nonprofit sector can offer more than volunteer opportunities for retirees, and may be particularly appealing to those who "thought they wanted to change the world ... [but] put that on the back burner for 20 or 30 years while they climbed the corporate ladder," as Tamara Erickson, author of "Retire Retirement: Career Strategies for the Boomer Generation," told The Wall Street Journal. To get started, Idealist.org offers listings for available paid positions in addition to volunteer opportunities: applicants with years of experience under their belts are sure to be met with open arms. Even cooler, Encore.org offers paid Encore Fellowships to "match skilled, experienced professionals at the end of their midlife careers with social-purpose organizations" -- while earning a small stipend for part- or full-time work, midlifers can get their foot in the door to a fulfilling retirement job.
The pay may not be great, but if you're an arts lover, a history buff or a sports enthusiast, the perks certainly are!
"I studied hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy 3 years ago and now I have my own business, couldn't be happier" -- Huff/Post50 reader Lee Adley It's certainly a challenge, but as our amazing readers -- and the many men and women featured on our page -- can attest, going back to school and pursuing something totally different can be well worth the investment of time, money and energy.
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