Feeling Gratitude from a Shower Knob

Feeling Gratitude from a Shower Knob

They say that for your own happiness and wellbeing, you should feel gratitude every day. Source: Flicker.com—John Soo But as things turn out, that’s hard to do. Ask anyone what they’re thankful for and they’ll probably mention friends and family. Ask them the next day and they may mention their health. And by about day five, they’ve run out of things to be thankful for and they lose interest in the daily gratitude exercise. The problem is that we don’t…

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The One Skill You Must Have to Succeed as a Freelancer

The One Skill You Must Have to Succeed as a Freelancer

If I always did what I was qualified to do, I’d be pushing a broom. -Naval Ravikant Lately I’ve started thinking about all the jobs I’ve had in my life and I’ve had a lot. I’ve worked for big companies, medium-size companies, small companies and startups. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that all those jobs had one thing in common. I wasn’t 100% qualified for any of them the day I got hired. And…

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The Secret Tactic Smart Companies Use to Hire Employees Today

The Secret Tactic Smart Companies Use to Hire Employees Today

Holy crap! My client just offered me a job. They want me to come work for them full-time. It began as a simple request from a client who found me through my website. The message was simple: can you do this project and what is your hourly rate? Then they made me a proposition. They asked me if I could work 20 hours/week for them for two weeks. They have a big project they need help with, but they have…

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While Finding Work After 50, Collect as Many Cookies as You Can

While Finding Work After 50, Collect as Many Cookies as You Can

Cookies are yummy, but those aren’t the type of cookies I’m taking about. I’m talking about the type of cookies that are a metaphor for non-monetary compensation. Something a client gives you, that you can’t spend, but it still feels pretty good. One of the best cookies to collect is a fantastic review. That’s a cookie that can lead to more cookies (and actual money). But sometimes, a cookie can be as simple as a few words in an IM….

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When it Comes to Finding Work After 50, Nothing is a Sure Thing

When it Comes to Finding Work After 50, Nothing is a Sure Thing

I was in such a great mood when I left for a long weekend in New Orleans last week. I had just finished working ten days in a row. Yep, working for yourself you sometimes have to do that. More importantly, I had arranged a pretty good engagement with a client starting this week. I had a six-week engagement all set up helping a client write a big proposal. Knowing I had that work upon my return allowed me to…

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Someone Who Can Help You Find Work After 50 That You Probably Don’t Know About

Someone Who Can Help You Find Work After 50 That You Probably Don’t Know About

When it comes to finding work, don’t you wish there was somebody in your corner? Somebody on your side, looking out for you and working on your behalf to help you get work? There can be. UpWork, the #1 freelancing site, offers such as a service. And it’s free. A couple of weeks ago, someone at UpWork named Jennifer contacted me to tell me about a free service they offer called the Talent Agent Program. The Talent Agent Program was…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #17 (Tipping)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #17 (Tipping)

I got my first tip as a freelancer. Now I realize that twenty bucks won’t exactly enable me to take early retirement. But hey, it’s all about the message. And what’s the message? You were better than what we thought you’d be. Every freelancer doubts themselves at one time or another. Occasionally it’s nice to have someone tell you you’re good. There’s more than one form of compensation. Message > $$$ Until next time.

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #15 (Making More Money)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #15 (Making More Money)

Well I just got this nice email from UpWork. When you use a freelancing site to find work after 50, you have to assume the site takes a chunk of your earnings. And in the case of UpWork, they take a big chunk: 20%.  But not forever. You see, UpWork wants to encourage long-term client-consultant relationships. One way they do that is to take a smaller chunk of your earnings as the relationship grows. It starts at 20%, but drops…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #14 (Getting Lucky)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #14 (Getting Lucky)

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca I’ve been doing a lot of preparing lately and yesterday I got lucky. I got this email in my inbox. Some random stranger contacts me out of the blue and says he needs my help with a project. I followed up immediately with an email and after a quick phone conversation it looks like I’ll be doing about a week’s worth of work for him. It’s an interesting project and it…

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