Starting Over

Retirees rejoin the work force--as their own boss

David McKeon knew in his heart--and in his wallet--that he was too young to stop working. At 56, like thousands of other Americans of his generation, he was given early retirement by his company, which had been taken over and downsized. Why not, he decided, use his background in finance, information systems and managing people to start his own company? McKeon read books on business trends and got in touch with former colleagues and professional associations. The result: Success Planning Associates, an executive business-and career-coaching firm based out of his home in Berlin, Mass.

McKeon has 28 corporate and individual...

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