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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 #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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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #13 (Selling a Commodity)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #13 (Selling a Commodity)

I don’t bid on article writing jobs anymore. You might think that since I put myself out there as a technical writer, one of the services I would offer is to write technically oriented articles and blog posts. But I don’t. Why? Is it because I’m no good at article writing? Nope. I’d like to think I’m pretty good, and the few articles I have written in the past, the clients were extremely satisfied. No, that’s not the reason. What…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #12 (A Hard Lesson)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #12 (A Hard Lesson)

Well that was a hard lesson to learn. I came across a project on UpWork recently that really intrigued me. The client gave it $$$, which meant they were willing to pay higher rates for the most experienced freelancers. They had a very reasonable budget of several thousand dollars. And most importantly, it required some really esoteric technical writing which I knew not many people could do. Now I was no expert, but I was familiar with the topics they…

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Finding Work After 50 – Episode #11 (Non-monetary Compensation)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode #11 (Non-monetary Compensation)

At the tail end of a crappy week in which I struggled to find my next freelancing gig, I was given a little gift. It’s the kind of gift that makes everything okay and reminds me of why I’m doing what I’m doing. I finished up the second of two projects with my second freelancing client on UpWork and here is the review they left of my work: There is no doubt that the freelancer’s journey is filled with up…

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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 #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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