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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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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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