So my dad is a retired insurance sales agent with State Farm. He's still with my mom and she has some (non life threatening) medical issues he's helping her deal with. He's 71, still sharp in the head, drives, exercises. He's been incredibly beaten down trying to get back into the job market. As you might expect, it's always some polite excuse around his age. He did work in County Corrections a few years ago on swing shift, which was murderously hard, and he had a few bad luck injuries. He also buys and sells used cars as a hobby in the $1,000-5,000 price range. He's just really burnt out applying for new "corporate" jobs with the lack of respect for his experience, and pretty much always assuming someone younger could do the job better.
I've been trying to encourage him to start his own home or online business. He doesn't need to make bank, just enough to supplement his SS and medical retirement income. The top three fields I've been able to find, since he lives in a rural area, is medical patient transportation, online retailing, or perhaps insurance consulting.
I was wondering if any knew, or had experience at some of the better non-cheesy "getting started" advice.