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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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Finding Work After 50 – Episode # 1 (UpWork Newbie)

Finding Work After 50 – Episode # 1 (UpWork Newbie)

Here is a screenshot of the first project I bid on at UpWork, which is a platform for matching clients with freelancers, who work on a project basis. I’m a tech writer and this project seemed pretty technical. Theoretically this is a good first project to bid on. It’s a small, one-time project of limited duration. The theory is that you want to start small until you get comfortable working as a freelancer. PLUS, as a newbie you’re more likely…

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