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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 #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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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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