A lot of material has been written about many of these alternatives. The Internet is a particularly good source if you can find the right site for the particular alternative you’re interested in. These sites often give merely an overview, but it’s a start. Chat rooms can be a good source. In addition:
Your best resource is networking with people who have made the change you’re contemplating.
Another very useful source is experienced retired executives of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). Check out its Web site, www. score.org. This organization provides retired business people as consultants at no charge. Many are very capable and will devote a lot of time to helping you.
A final, very useful source, once you have made a commitment to an alternative role, is a paid consultant for your specific needs, such as on marketing or technical issues.
Let’s now look at some of the principal considerations in selecting one of the most common alternative careers: consulting.