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Month: February 2017

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #10 (The Holy Grail)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #10 (The Holy Grail)

What is the Holy Grail of freelancing? Work you didn’t have to compete for or even look for. The screenshot below is of a project I accepted from a private offer. That’s an offer to submit a proposal that no one else sees but you. As things turned out, I did a great job on my last project. The client really liked what I did. They even gave me 5 stars. But what I knew all along is that they…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #9 (LinkedIn ProFinder)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #9 (LinkedIn ProFinder)

Just so you know, UpWork is not the only fishing pond to find a new client. As things turn out, LinkedIn has a relatively new service called ProFinder which matches clients with freelancers. And what’s it cost to join ProFinder? Well, for right now, nada. Just tell them you’re a freelancer, what your skills are and they find clients looking for that skill and introduce the two of you. Pretty sweet. In fact, in my first week as a ProFinder…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #8 (UpWork Premium)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #8 (UpWork Premium)

Who knew? After just a couple of weeks on UpWork, and only one paying gig, I received this email from UpWork. Apparently there’s this thing called UpWork Premium. Ostensibly it gives certain UpWork freelancers an opportunity to bid on special projects. These are projects that are longer term, higher value and/or associated with Fortune 500 companies. It doesn’t cost anything but you do have to apply and get accepted. What does it take to get accepted and actually have an…

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Crappy Freelance Job of the Week

Crappy Freelance Job of the Week

Since I’m spending so much time rifling through freelance projects, I decided I would make it my business, once a week, to highlight an exceptionally egregious one. To win this coveted honor requires some amount of unreasonableness on the part of the client. This usually means an unreasnable amount of work for an unreasonably small amount of money, but it could just be a crappy project. Either way, I hope it brings a smile to your face.   Wow, three…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #7 (A Blast From the Past)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #7 (A Blast From the Past)

What would you do if you were invited to submit a proposal, then you submitted a proposal, had an interview, and the client liked you and said they’d get back to you by a certain date and then they didn’t? That is the exact situation I was faced with when I was invited to submit the proposal back in Episode #4. The client said they’d get back to me by Monday, only the didn’t. Not Tuesday. Not Wednesday. And so…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #6 (My First Review)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #6 (My First Review)

I remember when I published my first book many years ago how excited I was to see it on Amazon. What I really anticipated were all the glowing reviews I was bound to receive after having written such a wonderful book, until I got my first review. I got one star, and the reviewer basically said it was the worst book ever written and that I should probably be in jail. Not quite, but that’s what it seemed like at…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #5 (My First Paying Gig)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #5 (My First Paying Gig)

I got another invite from another client to bid on this particular project. Seemed straight forward enough and even though the report was about Afghanistan, the client was from the US. This leads to another best practice: Best Practice: Limit your proposals to clients only in the US and other western countries. Why? Two reasons. First, the language barrier. You may have a hard time communicating with clients in other countries. Second, money. Clients in western countries are willing and…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #4 (My First UpWork Invite)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #4 (My First UpWork Invite)

Yes, it happens. Clients reach out to you and ask you to bid on their project (see below). How does that happen? It starts with having a really targeted profile. Here was my first one. Notice the hourly rate. It didn’t scare off this client. That’s because they were looking for Expert Level. This all leads to some best practices when creating your profile. Best practice: Your tagline (Research and Technical Writing in my case) should be the exact phrase…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #3 (The Full Time Gig)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #3 (The Full Time Gig)

Admittedly this project wasn’t a perfect fit for me. It was for a financial writer. I’ve never done any financial writing but I did have an MBA in finance and speak the language of finance fluently. So, why did I apply? I was intrigued for two reasons: it could possibly lead to a full-time gig AND they were looking for someone in Austin, which just happens to be my home town, so I said what the… Here is my cover…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #2 (The Perfect Candidate)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #2 (The Perfect Candidate)

If there was ever a perfect candidate for a project on UpWork, it was me for this project. They were looking for a wireless expert to write, essentially, Wireless for Dummies articles. Well hell, I wrote the damn book on it, literally. And I told them so in my cover letter. The have to hire me, right? Wrong. In fact, it’s been more than 25 days since they posted their project and they haven’t hired anyone yet. So, this led…

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