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Month: April 2017

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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Is Finding Work After 50 Stressful? Yes, but…

Is Finding Work After 50 Stressful? Yes, but…

Are you worried? -Tom Hanks Would it help? -Mark Rylance From the movie Bridge of Spies The panic comes over you. Oh crap, I don’t have any work lined up. The feeling sucks and can lead to many sleepless nights when you first start freelancing Is there a cure? Yes. Time. As things turn out, human beings are incredibly adaptable. If you don’t believe me, read the biography of any prisoner of war survivor. Not that being a freelancer should…

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A Great Job Opportunity on a Freelance Site?

A Great Job Opportunity on a Freelance Site?

If you were a program manager who suddenly found yourself out of work and in desperate need of a new gig, would you think to look on a freelancing site?  Probably not. What many job hunters may not know, especially those over 50 who would never consider freelancing, is that UpWork has many enterprise clients who use the site to find talent. Translation: Fortune 500 companies use UpWork to find part-time and full-time labor. Here is a client that has…

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At What Price Facebook?

At What Price Facebook?

I contend that people over 50 have more cause to use Facebook than any other demographic. Why? Facebook isn’t for connecting so much as it is for reconnecting. People who see each other on a regular basis don’t need Facebook nearly as much as people who have lost touch over the years and would like to reconnect. And for those of us over 50, we have more years over which to lose touch. Facebook is great. I have reconnected with…

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